Tips for Recreational Drone Pilots

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If you just purchased a drone please read this before you go out and fly. There are 2 things you must do first!

  1. Take the FAA’s online training and test for recreational pilots
  2. Register your drone (if it weighs more than 250g)

TRUST Training Program

The FAA recently enacted a rule which requires recreational drone pilots to take an online training program and test.  This program is referred to as TRUST. You should be able to get through it in a half hour. Don’t worry, it’s free.

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The FAA contracted with public and private organizations to offer this online training through their respective websites. Some are non-profits and some are for-profit companies. These organizations will have your attention and will no doubt try to convince you to subscribe to other services and programs they offer.  Stay strong, there is no need for you to join their organizations or pay for any of their services. There are 17 organizations offering TRUST access through their web portals. I personally prefer non-profit organizations like the Academy of Model Aeronautics or the Boy Scouts.  You can see the complete list here: 

FAA TRUST  Complete List

Registering your drone

If your drone weighs more than 250g, 8.8 ounces or .55 lbs, you must register your drone with the FAA. Its a simple process that requires you to create an account, enter some basic information and pay a $5.00 fee. You will be issued a unique identification number which you must then attach to the exterior of the aircraft.

Register Here: FAA DroneZone 

Are you interested in buying a drone but don’t know what to buy?

I can help you with that.  For the last 6 years I’ve been helping drone pilots choose the right equipment and learn how to fly safely and legally.  Please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to help.