Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

How do I become a commercially licensed drone pilot (First-Time Pilots)?
  • Pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test at one of the FAA-approved knowledge testing centers located throughout the United States. This is what our Online Remote Pilot Ground School/Part 107 Prep course is designed for you pass.
  • After you have passed the initial aeronautical knowledge test, you will then complete the FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (known as IACRA) to receive a remote pilot certificate. IACRA is a web-based certification/rating application that ensures you meet the requirements and electronically submits the application to the FAA's Airman Registry. Applications should be validated within 10 days.
  • A confirmation email will be sent when an applicant has completed the TSA security background check. This email will provide instructions for printing a copy of the temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA. The FAA will then mail you your permanent Remote Pilot Certificate within that 120 days.
Do I need an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate(aka. Part 107) to fly my drone?

If you fly your drone only for hobby/recreational purposes, you do not need the FAA Remote Pilot Certification. However, if you ever plan to use your drone for your business, to receive compensation, or for any services provided by flying your drone. For example, selling aerial pictures or video would require having a Remote Pilot Certificate.

What experience do I need to take the courses?

There is no experience required to take the Online Ground School or the Basic Flight Course. 

Do I need to bring my own UAS (drone) to the flight courses?

We provide all of the equipment for the flight courses.

Are you an FAA-certified school?

At this time, there is no licensed training put forth by the FAA. Traditionally you would need to go through a Part 141 training school to be licensed to fly, but that does not pertain to drones. The FAA states that a stand-alone knowledge test is sufficient enough to qualify for a Remote Pilot Certificate.

Payment Terms

What forms of payment are accepted?

Credit and Debit cards will be accepted through Stripe. 

Does SkySkopes Academy offer financial aid/scholarships for any of the courses?

Not at this time. 

Does SkySkopes Academy accept GI Bill?

Not at this time.

I have made my payment but still no access given?

Send us an email or call and we will make sure you are up and running shortly.

Online Remote Pilot Ground School/ Part 107 Prep Course

What topics does your Online Remote Pilot Ground School/ Part 107 Prep Course cover?

The course covers all the topics outlined in the study guide put out by the FAA plus additional topics to help you gain more knowledge. These topics include some of the following: Flight Principles & Performance, National Airspace, Aviation Weather, Human Factors, Airport Operations, and more.

How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the online course for 6 months. After 6 months, a reactivation fee of $25 will restore your access and allow you to review areas that are unclear or study for your recurrent knowledge test, required by the FAA every 24 calendar months. Reactivation can be done by emailing or calling SkySkopes Academy and will include any updated content to the course, and/or changes to FAA regulations.
Where do I take the 107 exam?

The Part 107 Exam must be taken at an FAA Testing Center. 

What is the minimum age requirement to take the FAA Part 107 Exam?

You must be at least 16 years old.

How much does the FAA Part 107 Exam cost?

The FAA charges $150 to take the exam. 

Will there be more online courses?

Yes, we will be adding more online courses throughout the year. If you have an idea for a course or have a course you want to share, we would love to hear your ideas.

Do you guarantee that I will pass the FAA Knowledge Test?

We are confident that our course will provide you the preparation you will need to pass the test. We expect our students to put in at least 10-15 hours of studying, and contact our instructors with any questions. If you are dissatisfied with the course, give us a call and we will work with you to make sure you are satisfied.

When and where do I take the online course?

The course is available under the “courses” section of this website. It’s a self-paced course that is accessible for 6 months. It is available 24/7 from your desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone.

Who is the instructor for the course and can I contact him or her?

There are multiple professional  instructors available to answer your questions. All of our instructors have extensive drone operational experience, and are Commercially Rated manned-aircraft pilots.   The best way to contact them is through live chat, which is available on the front page of the site or on your dashboard when you purchase the course. If the live chat is offline, you can still send a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

In-Person Flight Courses

Where are the Flight Courses?

The flight training facilities are located in Grand Forks, ND.

Is SkySkopes Academy able to travel outside of Grand Forks to train me?

Yes, we will work with you to develop a tailored course to meet your needs.

Do I need to take the basic flight course before the Advanced Course?

Completion of the Basic Course is recommended before attending the advanced course, however we realize you may already have plenty of experience. Contact us and we can discuss if the Advanced Course is the right option for your skill level.