DCS Chief Pilot Successfully Completes Recurrent Training for Part 107

    DCS is pleased to announce that its Chief Pilot, Grayson Lee, successfully completed recurrent training for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Part 107 pilot certification in December 2023.

    The FAA Part 107 refers to the set of regulations established by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, for commercial purposes. These regulations were introduced in 2016 to ensure the safe integration of drones into the US national airspace.

    Key points of the Part 107 regulations include:

    1. Pilot Certification: Operators of commercial drones must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate by passing the FAA's Part 107 knowledge test. This certification demonstrates that the operator understands airspace regulations, safety procedures, and operational considerations.

    2. Operating Rules: Part 107 outlines specific rules and restrictions for drone operations, including altitude limits, daylight operation requirements, and prohibited activities. For example, drones must not fly higher than 400 feet above ground level and should avoid flying over people not involved in the operation.

    3. Aircraft Requirements: Drones used for commercial purposes must meet certain specifications and requirements outlined by the FAA. These include weight limitations, equipment standards, and other technical specifications.

    4. Waivers: In certain cases, operators may apply for waivers to certain Part 107 regulations if they can demonstrate that their operation can be conducted safely despite not meeting a specific requirement.

    5. Airspace Authorization: Part 107 operators are required to obtain airspace authorization from the FAA before flying in controlled airspace near airports. This is to ensure coordination with air traffic control and the safety of manned aircraft.

    Part 107 has played a crucial role in facilitating the growth of the US commercial drone industry by providing a regulatory framework that balances innovation with safety. It allows businesses and individuals to use drones for various purposes, such as aerial photography, surveying, inspection, and more, while ensuring the safety of both the drone operations and the national airspace.



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