UAS Night Operations

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Night Waiver:

§107.29(a)   Daylight operation.

              (a) No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft system during night [unless authorized by waiver]
NOTE: All night waivers issued prior to March 16, 2021, the effective date of the new rule, that authorize deviation from § 107.29 Daylight Operation, terminate on May 17, 2021.

The objective of this training program is to present the physiological effects associated with night flying, as well as mission planning considerations for night operations.

Night operations may be authorized under a waiver to 14CFR §107.29 or by Certificate of Authorization or Waiver granted to a public agency. In such circumstances the Federal Aviation Administration may require specific training in night operations. This course is intended to provide that specific training, based on materials publicly available from the FAA.

Currently, to apply for a night waiver under an existing Part §107 certification, the applicant must create an account, or log into an existing account at Next, select “Fly a sUAS under Part §107.”  You do not need to register a drone to request a waiver. When prompted to input make/model information for your drone, simply keep selecting “next” to bypass the payment forms.

To request a waiver under part §107, submit an application, including all supporting documents and attachments, through your FAA DroneZone account. Select the “Operational Waiver” option. More information can be found at  FAA.GOV/UAS

Night operations under Section §349 falls under the Guidelines of “a community based organization” which is designated to be the Academy of Model Aeronautics, under conditions of “complete illumination” of the UAS or remote aircraft, and as such do not involve actual “night flying”.

Night operation involves a number of hazards and considerations not encountered during normal daylight flight operations. Night operations should not be attempted without preparation and training in the various hazards and precautions necessary for safety.

This course material is based on information from public FAA resources. This course is not represented as an official or approved FAA training program and is provided for the purpose of general information.

Total video course 35:36 plus offline study resources and final test. The course syllabus is describes the course.  There is no time limit for this course (review any time) and you may replay any video as many times as you like to fully absorb the material.

The important thing is not how much you spend on a course or class, in time or money, but how much information you are able to make use of on completion. The FAA is concerned about what you know and how you can use what you know to affect safety. This class is designed to provide the most information in the most efficient way. Feel free to rewind and watch again until you fully understand the information provided. Don’t forget to review the supplemental material and resources.

A training certificate will be issued on completion of this course. You may submit this certificate for COA or Night Waiver authorization.

Student Comment: Thank you for this course! It was a nice course and the quiz helped me remember what certain things I need to remember and review. Thank you, Serrina Lam

    • FAA Guidance PDF on applying for a Night Waiver under Part §107 (PDF)

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Section 1Night Operations
Lecture 1Night Operations Environment
Lecture 2Eye Structure
Lecture 3FAA Pilot Safety Vision video
Lecture 4References
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