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Remote Pilot – Small UAS – Airman Certification Standards – April 2021

Remote Pilot – Small UAS – Airman Certification Standards – April 2021

The FAA has just released the newest UAS testing standards for remote commercial pilots.

These standards have not been updated since 2018 and include new information. The complete ACS document can be downloaded here.

For information on taking the test in-person or online, click here.

Major Enhancements to Version FAA-S-ACS-10B

Section

Action

Description

Introduction

Updated

"Airman Certification Standards Concept" subsection

Updated

Using the ACS subsection

References

Updated

Task references, as necessary

Area of Operation 1, Regulations

Added

Knowledge elements K6, K7, and K8 to Task A, General

Added

Knowledge elements K23, K24, K25, K26, K27, and K28 to Task B,
Operating Rules

Added

Task E, Operations Over People

Added

Task F, Remote Identification (RID)

Area of Operation II, Airspace
Classification and Operating
Requirements

Added

Knowledge elements K6, K7, K8, K9, and K10 to Task B, Airspace
Operational Requirements

Area of Operation V, Operations

Added

Knowledge element K8 to Task B, Airport Operations

Added

Knowledge elements K6 and K7 to Task C, Emergency Procedures

Added

Knowledge elements K8 and K9 to Task E, Physiology

Added

Knowledge elements K6 and K7 to Task F, Maintenance and
Inspection Procedures

Appendices

Updated

Appendix 1: Certification Knowledge Test, Eligibility, and Testing
Centers

Updated

Appendix 3: Airman Knowledge Test Report for Certification

Updated

Appendix 4: References

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