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FAA Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep

Are you a DP who is interested in becoming a drone pilot? Do you have clients that are requesting aerial work? Do you want to expand your studio’s portfolio or business? Are you already shooting aerials but want to become officially certified? Earlier this year, the FAA created its first certificate specifically for the use and operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS): the Remote Pilot Certification. For those who want to fly a UAS/drone for business or commercial work, you will be required to have the appropriate FAA Certification.

To become an FAA Certified Remote Pilot, you must pass a test. If you are not already a certified manned aircraft pilot under 14 CFR Part 61, a knowledge test must be taken at an FAA approved testing center. If you are already a pilot, an online test is required.

The FAA Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep class is an eight-hour intensive course that will cover all of the subjects necessary to pass the knowledge exam. Students will have access to study guides and sample exam questions to help prepare for the certification exam.

To learn more about the FAA’s pilot requirements and operating rules, visit www.faa.gov

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates


Tuesday, Aug 29th - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: AbelCine, Chicago
Registration: FAA Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep - CH 08/29: $425.00
Early Bird: FAA Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep - CH 08/29: $399.00

This eight-hour class will be broken into hour-long modules with five-minute breaks each hour, plus an hour-long lunch break. (Lunch will be provided.)

Topics covered will include:

• Regulations
• Airspace classifications and requirements
• Meteorology
• Aircraft performance
• Emergency operations
• Crew resource management
• Radio communication procedures
• Human factors
• Aeronautical decision making
• Airport operations
• Maintenance
• Preflight inspections

This workshop is designed for cinematographers and other creatives who want to take the test to become an FAA Certified Remote Pilot. No aerial experience is necessary.

John M. Antoniades is a cinematographer and Certified Flight Instructor. John runs a successful cinematography company, JMA Visuals, and is an accomplished pilot, flying a 767 for a major airline. John possesses the knowledge and skills to help you pass the exam, and run a successful aerial photography or cinematography company.