Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


The FAA’s release of 14 CFR 107 establishes a new Remote Pilot certification for operation of small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms. Remote Pilot privileges are valid for two years, during which the operator must complete a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test covering the seven topical areas of knowledge identified by 14 CFR 107.73(b). While the existing recertification methods allow for validation of remote pilot knowledge, they fail to engage this new group of aviators in establishing positive safety culture. The author proposes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) adapt the existing framework for the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program to offer regular courses and alternative recertification credit for small UAS Remote Pilots who complete training covering the topical areas addressed by 14 CFR 107.73(b).