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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has adopted specific rules to allow the operation of civil small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) for purposes other than recreational use. The rules are specified in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. 14 CFR part 107 addresses sUAS classification, certification, and operating rules.

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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To apply for a part 107 remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating, you must be at least 16 years old; able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language (FAA may make exceptions for medical reasons); and in a physical and mental condition that would not interfere with the safe operation of an sUAS.

TRAINING AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for a part 107 remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating must meet the requirements below in order to gain and retain the knowledge necessary to safely operate an sUAS in the NAS.

Within the previous 24 calendar months, you must have completed one of the following:   
The FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) Knowledge Test at a Knowledge Testing Center (KTC),   
This recurrent online training, or   
The separate initial or recurrent online training that is tailored for part 61 certificate holders with a current flight review (per 14 CFR § 61.56)

sUAS CHARACTERISTICS
Weigh less than 55 pounds, including everything that is onboard or otherwise attached to the aircraft.
Are operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.

A small unmanned aircraft system includes the unmanned aircraft itself and its associated elements that are required for safe operation, such as communication links and components that control the aircraft.

EXCLUSIONS
14 CFR part 107 does not apply to limited recreational operations of UAS that occur in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 44809, amateur rockets, moored balloons or unmanned free balloons, kites, operations conducted outside the United States, public aircraft operations, and air carrier operations.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To apply for a part 107 remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating, you must be at least 16 years old; able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language (FAA may make exceptions for medical reasons); and in a physical and mental condition that would not interfere with the safe operation of an sUAS.

TRAINING AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for a part 107 remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating must meet the requirements below in order to gain and retain the knowledge necessary to safely operate an sUAS in the NAS.

Within the previous 24 calendar months, you must have completed one of the following:   
The FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) Knowledge Test at a Knowledge Testing Center (KTC),   
This recurrent online training, or   
The separate initial or recurrent online training that is tailored for part 61 certificate holders with a current flight review (per 14 CFR § 61.56)

sUAS CHARACTERISTICS
Weigh less than 55 pounds, including everything that is onboard or otherwise attached to the aircraft.
Are operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.

A small unmanned aircraft system includes the unmanned aircraft itself and its associated elements that are required for safe operation, such as communication links and components that control the aircraft.

EXCLUSIONS
14 CFR part 107 does not apply to limited recreational operations of UAS that occur in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 44809, amateur rockets, moored balloons or unmanned free balloons, kites, operations conducted outside the United States, public aircraft operations, and air carrier operations.

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