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FAA Begins Testing Applicants to Pilot Drones

KC Sealock had not taken a standardized test since college. But here he was at 39 years old, long black beard flecked with grey, sitting in front of a computer at Jacksonville, Florida's Herlong Air Field, with a proctor peering on from behind a glass door. He spent two hours clicking at multiple choice questions about latitudes and longitudes, Class C airspace regulations, wing load factors, and more - 60 in all.

FAA Begins Testing Applicants to Pilot Drones

Finally, Sealock hovered his mouse over the submit button. "I didn't know if I wanted to click," he says. When he did, the computer spat out his score: a pass. Pending a background check, Sealock is now one of the first certified commercial drone pilots in the United States.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, over 3,300 people like Sealock signed up to be the first to take the agency's new commercial drone pilot test, when its long-awaited unmanned vehicle systems regulations went into effect.

If you're looking to join the ranks of government-approved drone pilots, these Chuck Yeagers of the robot era, here's what you need to know.

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Finally, Sealock hovered his mouse over the submit button. "I didn't know if I wanted to click," he says. When he did, the computer spat out his score: a pass. Pending a background check, Sealock is now one of the first certified commercial drone pilots in the United States.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, over 3,300 people like Sealock signed up to be the first to take the agency's new commercial drone pilot test, when its long-awaited unmanned vehicle systems regulations went into effect.

If you're looking to join the ranks of government-approved drone pilots, these Chuck Yeagers of the robot era, here's what you need to know.

Read Full Article

FAA Begins Testing Applicants to Pilot Drones