FAA seeks recreational drone test administrators

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today opened the second application period for entities interested in serving as administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). Potential test administrators must submit their applications by Nov. 11, 2022.

As drones become more popular and accessible, the FAA is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of regulations and how to operate safely in the nation’s airspace. Designated test administrators play a key role, in making the test accessible to all recreational drone flyers.

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Entities involved with recreational pilots such as educational institutions, manufacturers and aeromodelling organizations are encouraged to apply.

Interested parties should review the selection criteria on the FAA website. The FAA will announce selected test administrators in March 2023 and expects them to begin offering the test to recreational drone pilots at that time.

TRUST provides recreational drone flyers with information on best practices and educational resources to ensure safe operations.

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 required the agency to develop a test to demonstrate a recreational flyer’s understanding of aeronautical safety knowledge and rules for operating drones.

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