The global COVID-19 pandemic has upended more than a few industries, and UAS are not immune. In light of nationwide shelter-in-place orders, the FAA’s approved testing provider has temporarily closed their doors, leaving thousands of current and aspiring Remote Pilots without a way to take the test necessary to get/renew their certificates.
The FAA has, finally, made a way forward for these pilots with the release of a new Supplemental FAR (SFAR) aimed at helping those impacted by COVID-19.
Those current Part 107 Certificate holders whose recency of knowledge lapses between April 1st and June 30th of this year are eligible to obtain a temporary (6 month) renewal by taking the ALC-451 or ALC 515 course on www.faasafety.gov. Those who take advantage of this SFAR will have to renew their knowledge recency via traditional means (exam) within 6 calendar months of completing the online course.
If you went out of currency before April 1st or you’re looking for your initial certification, you’re out of luck for now. However, it looks like PSI has opened some of its facilities (with reduced capacity) on May 1st and will continue to open others as conditions allow.
So, if you need to stay current, this might be your best option to stay legal until this crazy pandemic can blow over. You can check out the FAA’s FAQ below.
In the meantime, stay safe out there!107_65_SFAR_FAQ
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