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Here is the Scoop on Getting Part 107 Recurrent Online. It’s Complicated.

Here is the Scoop on Getting Part 107 Recurrent Online. It’s Complicated.

People have been emailing me and saying they have heard non-manned aircraft pilots need to only take an online test to get recurrent.

That is not exactly true. It’s complicated.

Here is the scoop, straight from the FAA.

The amendment to allow non-Part 61 (manned aircraft) pilots to get recurrent online isn’t effective until March 1st, so a non-61 pilot must still take the recency of knowledge test at a testing center. After March 1 the new course and will be available online through FAASTeam website.

However, any course on the FAASTeam website now is NOT the one non-Part 61 pilots need to take. The new course will is supposed to appear on the FAASTeam website on March 1st.

If your 24-month recency has expired, you must either not fly until you take the online course after March 1st, or go to a testing center and take the recurrent test.

If you choose to take the recurrent test, after March 1st but before March 16th, that doesn’t cover night training, so while you would have another 24 months of “currency” you won’t be able to fly at night until you take the new training course.

You have to wait until after March 16th when the amendment for 107.29 waiver training becomes effective.

Even if you take the new course after March 1st, you can’t fly at night until March 16th unless you have a 107.29 waiver.

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The Public Safety Flight website is dedicated to news, honest information, tips, and stories about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in the fire service and other public safety niches.The site was founded by Steve Rhode, an FAA-certificated airplane commercial and instrument certificated pilot and a very experienced Part 107 UAS commercial pilot. Steve is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He also provides expert advice to drone pilots through Homeland Security Information Network and he is an FAA Safety Team drone expert. Steve loves to work closely with public safety pilots to answer questions and share information, real-world truth, and drone operation advice. You can contact Steve here, learn more about Steve here, or join his public safety pilot private email list here.