Interested in using a drone, or more technically “small unmanned aircraft systems” (sUAS), for your wildlife control business? Then you will need to
obtain a commercial drone license. The Federal Aviation Administration requires individuals who wish to use drones (sUAS) as part of a business need to obtain a commercial drone license, also known as I recently passed the test and thought I would explain the process.
Steps in the Commercial Drone License
First, you must register your drone with the FAA whether you are a hobby or commercial flyer. Cost is five dollars and is good for a couple of year. To register, go to https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/
Second, to obtain your commercial drone license you must follow the requirements contained in Part 107 Rules. The following link https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/ contains links to the Part 107 Rules and links to the steps to becoming licensed.
Studying for the Commercial Drone License
The key issue for you as a wildlife control operator (WCO) is preparing for the 107 test. Having just passed the test on August 7, I can tell you that preparation is key. The test is 60 multiple choice questions (3 possible answers per question). You have two hours to finish. Cost is 150 dollars.
In addition to the study materials provided by the FAA, you should consider taking the time to view the following YouTube training video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=6_ucCKFJUCU. I found this one to be helpful. There are other free videos available as well. I suspect they will be helpful but I warn you that the FAA keeps changing the test over time. Consider when the video was created and don’t assume that everything this or that video says will be true for answering your test.
I signed up for a prep course, RemotePilot101.com. I found it helpful, not only in studying for the commercial drone license, but also for reviewing points that should be followed when I begin flying. But as valuable as RemotePilot101 was for me, I had several questions that I was not prepared for. Fortunately, you only need a 70% score to pass, so you can miss a few.Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC (WCC) has not received any financial incentives to mention brand-name products in this blog post. Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel) along with several books (https://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com/store-2/). Listen to his podcast at PestGeek Podcast (https://pestgeekpodcast.com/). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. If you would like to have Stephen speak at your event or use his consultation services, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.