After a lot of rumors flying around, the FAA’s remote pilot recurrent online training course is finally on the big screen for everyone to see. Most importantly, it is free. As per the final rule of Remote ID brought by the FAA, released in December 2020, the demand to complete an in-person, FAA recurrent test, every 2 calendar years is set to be replaced with simpler requirement i.e. free online recurrent training course.
Which FAA’s recurrent online training course am I supposed to take?
If you have a remote pilot part 107 certificate that has lapsed, you must go and look for Part 107 Small UAS Recurrent Non-Part 61 Pilots (ALC-677) online training course. The course is available on this FAA platform.
If you have a remote pilot part 107 certificate that has a current status, you have work to do my friend. You also have to take the Part 107 Small UAS Recurrent Non-Part 61 Pilots (ALC-677) online training course which is described for the ones whose certificate is lapsed.
Most importantly, if you don’t have a Part 107 certificate and just want to use drones for commercial purposes, you must have a drone’s pilot license. You get that via UAS Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test. It is a written test. The registration fee is around $150. However, if you want to fly drones and also have a Part 107 certificate, then you also need to be in the same boat as the ones that have lapsed courses or have a current status i.e. you need to take the Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initial (ALC-451) online course.
Once you go through the entirety of the online training course, you will be able to receive printable completion certificate. Afterward, you will be considered eligible to go for another couple of years, upon which you have to go through another online course.
Your certificate will have a certain criteria that you will have to finalize. You can place it in your inbox or any other secure place. You can access it again on the FAA website. From there on, come back in two years and do the course again. Let us know in the comment section if you have taken the course yet.