FAA – Alternative to Biannual Testing under consideration.
At a meeting in Tallahassee, Florida recently a representative from the sUAS Educational Outreach POC indicated the FAA is considering an alternative to the biannual testing for Remote Pilot Certification renewals. Under the plan described, remote pilots would could choose training classes in lieu of the testing. Whether the credit classes would be offered online, at FAAST events or in other forms was not indicated.
The renewal system the FAA describes would be familiar to many state professional license holders. The idea makes sense if the goal is to encourage continuing education for operators and increase safety awareness. The idea has merit and makes sense. The training classes would place the emphasis on safety and education instead of memorizing answers to a limited bank of test questions.
Tim Trott is an FDLE certified instructor (#329775), and Certified Remote Pilot. and also passed the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction and Ground School exam and was granted one of the first 400 Section 333 Exemptions. As a writer, Tim has two e-books on Amazon.com, including Droner’s Guide (#15 in its category) and UAS Operations: A Study Guide for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification Exam.
On-site training courses are available through TrainingForceUSA.com. Tim has taught FDLE courses at School of Public Safety at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, and Gulf Coast Public Service Academy in Panama City.