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Commercial UAS (Drone) Operations

You need a drones license when you use your drone for work or business. i.e. commercial use.  It is pretty straightforward, any person or company that intends to operate their drone, or company drone, must be licensed to do so.  

The Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule is what governs commercial drone pilot licenses.  In order to operate a drone as a commercial asset, you have to possess a current Part 107 drone license from the FAA.

Part 61 Certificate - The Exception to the Rule only applies to manned aircraft pilots.  The only time a commercial drone pilot does not need to obtain a Par 107 drone license is if he holds a manned pilot certificate issued under 14 CRF Part 61 and has completed a flight reveiw within the previus 24 months.  

Manned aircraft pilots need to complete a free online training course called "Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) ALC-451".  This training is available on the FAA FAASTTEAM website . 

For more information on this process, visit the the following links.  

 FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems       Request A Waiver/Airspace Authorization

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at 405-325-7233 or email us at ouairport@ou.edu.  Max Westheimer cannot grant commercial ops in Class I airpsace without a waiver.  Please follow the regulations and guidlines set by the FAA.  Help keep our skies safe.