Everything you need to know to start earning money by flying your drone.

What is the part 107?

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The Part 107 Certification or a commercial drone pilot's license is required by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) if you are to make money from flying your drone. To earn the license you need to take an exam at a testing center. Once you pass the exam you will be administered a license card like the one to the left. From there you register your drone and then you are ready to start flying. 

First you need a drone

Drones can cost anywhere from the tens of dollars to thousands of dollars, from 720p to 4k and beyond. However there are only a few drones that make up a majority of commercial flights. At 76% DJI has the highest drone manufacturers' market share in the US, and for good reason. They offer drones at nearly every price point starting at $399 with the Mavic Mini.

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We encourage you to do your own research. When doing so keep in mind certain specifications; sensor size, resolution, smart features like obstacle avoidance, flight time, and size. Set a budget first and then determine what you are using the drone for and how important photo and video quality is for you. Newer drones are usually going to have better software and are better optimized overall but you can save a good amount of money by opting for a used or refurbished model. DJI offers refurbished drones these directly from the site, along with discounts for students (10%). While there are other brands (Autel, Yuneec, Parrot, etc.) they generally do not offer as good value for your dollar.

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Drone laws and regulations

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Laws can vary from state to state or even locally so make sure to check what laws may be applicable in your area. UAV Coach has a great list of all the different state laws here. Regulations are also frequently updated, we will do our best to email you regarding any changes that may impact you but it is your responsibility to stay informed. The most basic rules of flying are to stay within a visual line of sight, stay below 400 feet, and do not fly over people, near aircraft, emergency response efforts, or in any restricted airspace.

To determine what area you are allowed to fly you can use an app like B4UFLY. B4UFLY is an app by the FAA that allows you to monitor any airspace retractions near you it allows you to determine if there are any temporary flight restrictions or airports nearby. Other apps include Airmap, Kittyhawk, Skyward.

Registering your drone

All drones need to be registered with the FAA regardless of if it is for recreational or commercial use. You can do it on the FAA's website here. It cost $5 and after registering you will get a certification number which you have to put on your drone somewhere (you can put it in the battery compartment).

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Scheduling a Test

All drones need to be registered with the FAA regardless of if it is for recreational or commercial use. You can do it on the FAA's website here. It cost $5 and after registering you will get a certification number which you have to put on your drone somewhere (you can put it in the battery compartment).