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FAA Part 107 training/testing pushed to 3/16/21

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Heads Up! There is been a slight change to the Part 107 recurrence training. The roll-out will change from 3/1/21 to 3/16/21. This was so it would be in "accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, titled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review"." Basically, a new administration has the right to put any new rule "on hold for review" if it was added to the Federal Register during a specific time period between transitions.

It's very common. Although a pain in the backside for some. If you need to get your 107 current before 3/17/21, you'll need to take the in person recurrent test (UGR) one more time before you can take advantage of the new training. Unfortunately.

If your 107 is current after 3/1/21, this will not affect you.

If you have any questions, ask below. We'll get them answered for you as best we can.

 
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Thanks BA ?
 
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Help.... understand what the role of a moderator (i.e. dirkcloud) in this forum is but what is the role of an administrator (i.e BigA107) ???
 

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Help.... understand what the role of a moderator (i.e. dirkcloud) in this forum is but what is the role of an administrator (i.e BigA107) ???
It's just a Moderator who does some additional duties behind the scenes to help keep the forum clean, organized, and operating efficiently. More behind the curtain work and less things you see happening on the forum. Our Moderators do all the Heavy Lifting to keep the forum operating as it does.

Why do you ask?

I posted this information because I am deeply involved in UAS Aviation and with the FAA so I'm trying to help get solid/reliable UAS/FAA information to our membership on ALL of the Drone Pilots forums.
 
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When I first read your post I thought perhaps you were affiliated with the FAA....

Decyphering what's in FAA documentation is NOT an easy task.
 

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When I first read your post I thought perhaps you were affiliated with the FAA....

Decyphering what's in FAA documentation is NOT an easy task.
Well... I am an FAA Safety Team Representative & FAA Safety Team Drone Pro (Charlotte NC Region).

Our tasks are to be a liaison between the FAA and our industry. We are sort of a "translator" to some degree trying to help detangle and present regulations etc in a more understandable manner. I've been on the FAA Safety Team (manned and UAS) since 2019. I have ZERO authority of any kind I'm just a go between. If there is an incident in my region (drone/UAS) I'll be utilized for investigation and possibly training but my position has nothing to do with enforcing rules/regulations what so ever.
 

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It's actually sad that pilots even need to have interpreter to understand what the FAA is pushing for regulations.

No disrespect intended but maybe comments pertaining to the FAA belong in separate new category on this forum.

Without its own category, FAA commentary will take on a life of its own and specific threads related to actual flying will get more and more off topic as the FAA comes more and more into play.
 

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It's actually sad that pilots even need to have interpreter to understand what the FAA is pushing for regulations.

No disrespect intended but maybe comments pertaining to the FAA belong in separate new category on this forum.

Without its own category, FAA commentary will take on a life of its own and specific threads related to actual flying will get more and more off topic as the FAA comes more and more into play.

None taken. This is indeed NEWS and the Mod/Admin team will work hard to keep this specific thread on topic.

If we are lucky, this very post will be a MOOT point by the end of next month anyway (once the new training is LIVE).
 
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Help.... understand what the role of a moderator (i.e. dirkcloud) in this forum is but what is the role of an administrator (i.e BigA107) ???
Also it’s dirkclod and I also make sure members abide by theses.
Community Rules ?
 
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Heads UP!! Many of our fellow Part 107 Operators are failing to read the fine print and taking an online test for MANNED Aircraft Pilots and it does NOT satisfy the requirements to make non Manned Pilots Current!! Below is an exert I put out on a couple of Part 107 groups that I felt like needed to be shared here.

Online ReCurrency:
There is a Part 61 online recurrency exam but it's for Current Part 61 (manned aircraft) Pilots only. Unfortunately many Part 107 operators have stumbled onto this test and did not take the time to read the NOT SO FINE print at the top of the page which clearly ( and not in fine print) states the following (bold added by me but other than that it's Copy & Paste) -
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Part 107 Small UAS Recurrent Course Introduction

The FAA has developed regulations to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (small UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) for purposes other than recreational aircraft operation. The rules are specified in 14 CFR part 107 and address UAS classification, certification, and operating rules.

This course is designed for part 61 pilot certificate holders who have a current flight review (in accordance with 14 CFR part 61.56) and wish to remain current as a part 107 remote pilot with a small UAS rating. References to “part 61 pilot certificate holders” specifically refer to holders of pilot certificates other than student pilot certificates. Part 61 pilot certificates include sport pilot, recreational pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot and air transport pilot certificates.

As a certificated pilot, much of what you already know about manned aircraft applies to the operation of small unmanned aircraft. This course assumes the learner has a remote pilot certificate and operational knowledge of 14 CFR part 61, “Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors,” and 14 CFR part 91, “General Operating and Flight Rules.” The course focuses on the knowledge areas of 14 CFR part 107 that are beyond the operational knowledge of parts 61 and 91.

Others may take this course as a self-study resource, including:

  • Holders of a part 107 remote pilot certificate who do not hold a part 61 pilot certificate (or part 61 pilot certificate holders without a current flight review or other provisions of 14 CFR part 61.56)
  • Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs)
  • Aviation Safety Technicians (ASTs)
  • FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs)
  • Anyone interested in learning more about 14 CFR part 107
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So several (and I mean a LOT) operators who wanted to sneak under the wire to get their Part 107 Currency spent approx 2hrs (maybe more LOL) studying and testing for something they THOUGHT was making them current but in fact was just a PRACTICE test for them. If you don't hold a Part 61 license and you are CURRENT with your BFR that test is nothing but practice.

The above is a classic example of why you need to read and ABSORB everything the FAA puts on their pages in training and test materials. The DEVIL is in the DETAILS.
 
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Thanks for taking the time to unravel whats going on regarding these FAA regulations.

The bureaucracy the FAA has become is obviously affecting how well it communicates with the American people.

If their primary purpose is to ensure safe airspace over the U.S. they sure have a strange way of going about it.

It's almost as if lawyers not passing the bar exam can eventually end up finding work at the FAA.

Once again POGO was correct.... "We have met the enemy and he is us"
 

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