Systemwide Support For Users of UC-Owned sUAS

July 22, 2016

Drone License Pre-Registration Available Now
 
If you want to fly drones for research, for the University or for your own side-projects, you'll want to pick up the new drone license available at the end of next month.  The Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small Unmanned Aircraft System rating is both affordable at $150 and easily obtainable, requiring only passing a written knowledge exam.  This Remote Pilot Certificate replaces the need to obtain a manned aviation license for research and commercial drone flights.
 
Starting on August 29th, you may take the Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) test at FAA-approved testing centers all across the country.  There are nearly 70 such testing centers in California, many within a couple of miles of UC campuses.  Pre-register now at the link below and make sure you're among the first to pass the UAG exam and earn your SUAS license.
 
The FAA anticipates the average applicant will spend 20 hours for self-study in preparation for the two-hour exam. Additionally, the FAA anticipates that 90% of the applications will pass the exam on the first try.  
 
Application Process:
1.      Schedule an appointment to take the UAG exam
2.      Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test
3.      Go online and complete the Remote Pilot Certificate form
4.      After your application passes the TSA security background check, you may print your temporary Remote Pilot Certificate
5.      Your permanent Remote Pilot Certificate will be mailed to you within 6-8 weeks.
 
Pre-register and pre-pay for the exam here: https://catsdoor04.com/cbt/online/UAG.jsp
 
For more information on how to become a drone pilot, visit the FAA's website: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/fly_for_work_business/becoming_a_pilot/
 
Resources:
 
Recommended Study Material:
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (Chapters 1-5, 10-15): https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/pilot_handbook.pdf
 
For more information on this or any UAS inquiry, feel free to contact the UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety at uassafety@ucmerced.edu or (209) 201-2051.