Remote Pilot in Command Certification and Responsibilities

  • Establishes a remote pilot in command position.

  • A person operating a small UAS must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a remote pilot certificate (remote pilot in command).

  • To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, a person must:

    • Demonstrate aeronautical knowledge by either:

    • Passing an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center; or

  • Hold a part 61 pilot certificate other than student pilot, complete a flight review within the previous 24 months, and complete a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA.

    • Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration. o Be at least 16 years old.

  • Part 61 pilot certificate holders may obtain a temporary remote pilot certificate immediately upon submission of their application for a permanent certificate. Other applicants will obtain a temporary remote pilot certificate upon successful completion of TSA security vetting. The FAA anticipates that it will be able to issue a temporary remote pilot certificate within 10 business days after receiving a completed remote pilot certificate application.

  • Until international standards are developed, foreign-certificated UAS pilots will be required to obtain an FAA- issued remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating.

A remote pilot in command must:

  • Make available to the FAA, upon request, the small UAS for inspection or testing, and any associated documents/records required to be kept under the rule.

  • Report to the FAA within 10 days of any operation that results in at least serious injury, loss of consciousness, or property damage of at least $500.

  • Conduct a preflight inspection, to include specific aircraft and control station systems checks, to ensure the small UAS is in a condition for safe operation.

  • Ensure that the small unmanned aircraft complies with the existing registration requirements specified in

A remote pilot in command may deviate from the requirements of this rule in response to an in-flight emergency.