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New Infographic from PCS Edventures Addresses When Educators and Students Need a Remote Pilot Certificate to Fly Drones

BY Zacc Dukowitz
26 April 2018

If you teach high school students how to fly drones in an after school club, do you need to pass the Part 107 test first? Or what if you’re flying a drone as a college student conducting research for your professor?

The answer to the first question is no, unless you’re being paid for your time you don’t need to be certified to lead a club as a volunteer. And the answer to the second question is yes, you do need to be certified to conduct research as a college student.

These scenarios that educators and students face, as well as a whole host of others, are addressed in a new infographic created by PCS Edventures to help those involved in education understand when they do and don’t need to hold a Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the FAA.

A little while back we partnered with PCS Edventures to further our mission of supporting STEM education, and to help bring drones into more classrooms. This infographic is another way that PCS is helping to provide value to the drone industry, by hashing out the ins and outs of Part 107 requirements in the education sector.

Now let’s take a look at the infographic:

Want to download this infographic? Here you go.

Why Did Edventures Create this Infographic?

As a company that supplies drones, STEM curriculum, and professional development to educators around the world, PCS Edventures fields tons of questions about certification and what’s required in an educational setting. As a result, they’re often in touch with local FAA leaders to try and figure out the finer points of the FAA’s requirements.

To help get more clarity, some FAA leaders have helped by walking PCS Edventures through a memorandum issued by the FAA on the educational use of drones, which states that some limited instructor UAV operations are allowed without Part 107 licensing. (See a full copy of the memorandum here.)

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But the lingering grey area, even after reviewing the memo, was figuring out the specific circumstances that qualify for this exception. This gap is what prompted PCS to dig even deeper when it came to understanding when certification was required for teachers and students, and ultimately to produce the infographic shown above.

One helpful note PCS Edventures shared with us that comes from the FAA’s memorandum is that, for educators who are operating a drone while working as an instructor but don’t have a Part 107, they should limit their drone operations as needed to maintain student safety, and to either become licensed or reach out to volunteers or licensed pilots if they want to include flight demonstration or other more flight-intensive instruction in their course.

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