FAA – Alternative to Biannual Testing under consideration.
April 10, 2017 No Comments FAA,Instructor's Corner Tim Trott

At a meeting in Tallahassee, Florida recently a representative from the sUAS Educational Outreach POC indicated the FAA is considering an alternative to the biannual testing for Remote Pilot Certification renewals. Under the plan described, remote pilots would could choose training classes in lieu of the testing. Whether the credit classes would be offered online, at FAAST events or in other forms was not indicated.

The renewal system the FAA describes would be familiar to many state professional license holders. The idea makes sense if the goal is to encourage continuing education for operators and increase safety awareness. The idea has merit and makes sense. The training classes would place the emphasis on safety and education instead of memorizing answers to a limited bank of test questions. 

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Tim Trott Tim Trott is an FDLE certified instructor (#329775), and Certified Remote Pilot. and also passed the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction and Ground School exam and was granted one of the first 400 Section 333 Exemptions. As a writer, Tim has several books and e-books on Amazon.com, including FAA 107 UAG Remote Pilot Study Guide, The Droner's Guide (#15 in its category) and Out of the Blue - The Life and Legend of Kirby 'Sky King' Grant. Many of these courses are available for on-site training through TrainingForceUSA.com. Tim Trott has conducted training courses in Boston, Mass., Texas City and Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Valencia Community College in Orlando, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, and Gulf Coast Public Service Academy in Panama City, Florida. Between online and on-site training, Tim Trot has trained close to 1,000 students in various aspects of small Umanned Aircraft Systems operation.