In order to fly your drone under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule (Part 107), you must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. This certificate demonstrates that you understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones.

To become a drone pilot, you need to have several qualifications and training. Military drone pilots get specialized training, and the requirements vary by branch of service. For example, in the Air Force, you can only pilot a drone if you are a commissioned officer, although you do not need a pilot’s license. For civilians who operate drones, you need to have a license and meet FAA requirements for operating drones. For flying a drone under 100 pounds, you need to be at least 16 years old and pass a written test.

Other skills for the work include excellent coordination, good technical skills, and strong verbal communication.