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Drone Pilot Ground School by UAV Coach – Part 107 Commercial Drone License Course

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For anyone planning to use a drone for commercial purposes, a Remote Pilot License is required. But the FAA Part 107 knowledge test is not something you can hope to pass just by winging it. 

To become a certified drone pilot, you need to learn a whole bunch of information related to airport operations, sectional charts, and more.

The fastest, most painless way to learn this information by far is by taking a course from an expert.

This course includes: #

  • 70+ video and text lessons

  • Lesson quizzes and 5 full-length practice exams with real FAA test questions

  • 12-page cram sheet with key lesson takeaways

  • Variety of lesson approaches to fit multiple learning styles

  • Lifetime access to all materials

  • One-on-one instructor support

  • Searchable Q&A database 

  • 1st time pass guarantee – full course refund, plus $175 test fee refund, if you don’t pass

  • Bonus lessons on the business side of commercial drone operations

The Instructor #

Drone Pilot Ground School, brought to you by UAV Coach, is the industry’s leading online test prep and training course. The face behind the lessons is Alan Perlman, founder and creator of UAV Coach. 

Alan presents the lessons in a very easy-to-understand, accessible style. He speaks clearly and slowly to help you take in the information and gives great visual aids to help with processing and understanding the concepts. 

The face behind student support is Mike McGuirt, and he’s the one who will answer any questions you may have as you work your way through the course. 

The Course #

The Part 107 course from UAV Coach does a great job of helping you understand the concepts needed to pass the FAA exam.

Each knowledge area is covered in such a way as to give you a clear understanding and then to be able to hold onto what you’ve learned. 

Lesson topics cover the five areas covered by the FAA test. Each of these topic areas is taught through video lessons.

Each video is followed up with a quiz to test your knowledge and retention of the information. This means that each unit may have as many as 10 practice quizzes.

The video lessons are all accompanied by a full-text transcript, and videos have optional closed captions if reading is more helpful to stick the information into your memory, or if you just need to skim to find that fact you’re trying to remember.

Five practice exams give you ample time to test your knowledge once you’ve finished the course material. They help you identify holes in your learning to shore up before going in for your FAA exam.

What You’ll Learn #

  • You’ll learn the basics of Loading and Performance for fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft
  • You’ll get a thorough overview of all of the Part 107 regulations for drone operations, including the updated Category 1-4 classification and Remote ID requirements.
  • You’ll learn the updated Night Operations requirements, as well as regulations for operations over people and moving vehicles. 
  • You’ll learn the basics of airport operations, including how to read NOTAMs and chart supplements, and where to find airport weather information.
  • You’ll learn how to decipher radio communications and where to tune in to hear air traffic and airport radio communication. 
  • You’ll get a thorough introduction to airspace classification and special use airspaces and how to determine if you need airspace authorization.
  • You’ll learn how to read sectional charts to identify airspace and other relevant information for safe drone operations. 
  • You’ll learn some basics of weather theory and how to decipher standardized weather service reports such as METAR and TAF.
  • You’ll learn how to employ Aeronautical Decision Making procedures to make safe decisions for your drone flights.
  • You’ll learn about physiological factors that can impact your drone operations and how to utilize good risk management practices for safer flights. 
  • You’ll learn recommended maintenance and inspection protocols for your equipment. 

Additional study resources #

Other study resources include: 

  • Cram sheet with key points for lessons
  • Full-text transcript of each video lesson 
  • Test-day checklist and test-taking tips
  • Additional reading suggestions for students

You can plan on the course taking 2-3 weeks to get through the material, with a total of 15-20 hours of actual study time.

Of course, if you don’t have other commitments and can dedicate multiple hours per day to hands-on study time, you can get through much faster. 

Learning support #

For those who learn best with instructor support, or you have a question that hasn’t been addressed in the lectures, you have access to one-on-one support. Just reach out with an email or phone call, and you’ll get answers to your questions.

Or if you like to rely on the wisdom of the crowd, you can search for answers in the Drone Pilot Knowledge Center, a collection of Q&As from other drone pilots who have gone before you, as well as other helpful articles and resources.

There’s no reason to slog through this on your own if you prefer the support of a teacher and a learning community around you.

Bonus materials #

On top of everything that you’ll learn related to the FAA knowledge test, the Drone Pilot Ground School course includes bonus elements including:

  • Downloadable preflight checklist
  • How to apply for your Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Guide to pricing your commercial drone services
  • How to take your online recurrent training to keep your license current
  • Guide to liability and hull insurance

Once you’ve completed your Part 107 training, the journey to becoming a commercial drone pilot doesn’t stop there.

With many commercial drone skills courses to choose from, UAV Coach will help you to take your drone pilot career to the next level.

Who this course is for: #

  • Anyone wanting to pass the Part 107 knowledge test
  • Drone pilots who want to use their drone for commercial purposes
  • Learners who want a streamlined process of learning vital information without having to piece it all together from various sources
  • Visual and auditory learners who benefit from seeing and hearing concepts explained rather than relying only on reading-based learning


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