Hobby Drone Testing is HERE (updated)

(Source: FAA News Release 6/22/21)

WASHINGTON — Sixteen organizations have been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to initially administer the Recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Test (TRUST). The test was developed to provide recreational drone flyers with aeronautical safety knowledge and an overview of the rules for operating drones in the National Airspace System.

“These organizations are key to making this test widely available and easily accessible to recreational drone pilots,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “We need pilots of all aircraft, including those who operate recreational drones, to have the training and knowledge needed to operate safely in the nation’s airspace.”

The test may be taken through any of the following approved organizations:

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
The Boy Scouts of America
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center
Drone U
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)
HSU Educational Foundation
Lake Area Technical College
Pilot Institute
Drone Launch Academy LLC
Proctorio Incorporated
Tactical Aviation
CrossFlight Sky Solutions
UAV Coach
University of Arizona Global Campus
Volatus Aerospace Corp

Links to test administrators are provided above and are also available on the FAA website. The test is administered online at no cost through the approved test administrators. This is a no-fail test.

After passing the test, recreational drone flyers will be issued a completion certificate which they are required to show if asked by FAA or law enforcement personnel. The completion certificate does not expire. Recreational drone flyers should take the test at their earliest convenience.

Congress required the development of the testing program in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The drone community provided input into the test development.

If you have any additional questions, contact the Government Affairs team at (765) 287-1256 or visit amagov@modelaircraft.org.