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Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operation
Fly Drones for Business—Legally!
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has Authorized Non-Recreational Drone Operations
There are two sets of rules depending on the type of operation. The requirements for who may operate the UAV are different for each type of operation.

Group 1 - Rules for Non-Recreational Operators/Private Citizens
This set of rules applies to individuals or commercial enterprises who are not employed by, or working for a governmental agency. The rules apply any time you are operating a drone in the furtherance of a business even if there is no direct compensation.

Group 2 - Rules for people who are working for Government agencies
This set of rules is for people who fly drones for government entities (local, state and federal government agencies) regardless if they are employees or contractors.

Government agencies may use a Certificate of Authorization (COA) from the FAA that outlines the specific conditions that they have to follow to fly a drone including pilot certification. Or they may also operate under Part 107 regulations.

What does all this mean?
Since August 29, 2016, most pilots operating a small UAS for non-recreational purposes must either hold a FAA Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a Remote Pilot Certificate (the remote Pilot In Command). To qualify for a Remote Pilot Certificate, you must:
  • Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-Approved Knowledge Testing Center
  • OR
  • If you already hold an FAA Part 61 Pilot Certificate (other than Student Pilot):
    • Have a successful Flight Review endorsed within the previous 24 months
    • Complete a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA.

All applicants will be vetted by the TSA and you must be 16 years or older. Part 61 Pilot Certificate holders may obtain a temporary remote pilot certificate immediately upon submission of their application for a permanent certificate through the FAA's IACRA site. For more details on the new FAA drone regulations go to

King Schools can help you take the first step and pass your knowledge test with the King Schools Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course!

Having a Remote Pilot Certificate is a great accomplishment and the key that will open many doors for those who wish to earn income by flying a drone.

Search and Rescue Drone Operation
Piloting Unmanned Aircraft is a Growing Career Opportunity
The combination of low-cost and very high value is driving fast adoption of drones for many businesses. New uses for UAS aircraft include law enforcement, search and rescue, agriculture, oil and gas line surveillance, entertainment, videography, photography, real estate sales, and aerial surveying. Eventually there will be many hundreds of uses.

This is becoming big business—FAST, and will generate many new job opportunities.

One of these new, highly-paid jobs is being a UAS pilot. Just remember, there are requirements to legally operate a drone for commercial purposes. Even if you aren't being paid to operate a drone, if you are using the drone to support a business the FAA considers it a commercial operation.

Study now and ace your Remote Pilot exam

The KING Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course covers the subject areas that you need to know in order to pass your FAA knowledge test and the material you will need to know to become a safe & smart pilot flying small, unmanned aircraft.

KING thoroughly covers the subject areas in a fun and easy to understand presentation with short, bite-sized interactive lessons. Your learning is reinforced by answering FAA-style test questions that follow each segment of instruction.

You can even take unlimited practice tests from the entire test question bank!

This course is the result of a collaboration between the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and King Schools. AUVSI is the world's largest unmanned systems nonprofit organization. Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotics technologies.


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