FAA Part 107 Rule Changes re: Showing RPIC to LEO etc. . .

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This is for Part 107 Operations ONLY right now . . . (Recreational your day is coming in just a couple of months)

Specifically in regards to WHO you must legally show your ID and Part 107 Credentials to:
Up until 4/21/21 a RPIC is only required to show their RPIC Certificate to FAA Officials requesting it. This changes with the New Rules for Part 107 that were created December 28th 2020, added to the Federal Register on March 16th 2021, and will go into Full Force/Effect on April 21st, 2021. As of 4/21/21 you will be required to provide a Hard Copy (electronic version is NOT accepted, PHYSICAL COPY REQUIRED) of ID, RPIC, Proof of Currency, Registration, and any other "required FAA Documents" upon any request from someone with the following agencies:

  • FAA
  • NTSB
  • TSA
  • and any Federal, state, or local Law Enforcement Officer

This includes your ID, RPIC, Proof of Recurrency, Aircraft Registration, and any other "Document, Record, or Report Required to be kept under FAA regulations"!! This means a physical copy (plastic/paper) and not merely an electronic version on your phone/tablet etc. A Physical Copy must be shown if requested by those agencies! If you do not comply you are not in compliance with Part 107.

Here is the actual wording from the Executive Summary about this topic (notice it's all of the items below not pick & choose):

Inspection, testing, and demonstration of compliance
A remote pilot in command, owner, or person manipulating the flight controls of a small unmanned aircraft system must:
  • • Have in that person’s physical possession and readily accessible the remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating and identification when exercising the privileges of that remote pilot certificate.
  • • Present his or her remote pilot certificate and identification upon a request from the FAA, NTSB, TSA, or any Federal, state, or local law enforcement officer.
  • • Make available, upon request, to the FAA any document, record, or report required to be kept under FAA regulations.
  • • Upon request, must allow the FAA to test or inspect the small unmanned aircraft system, the remote pilot in command, the person manipulating the flight controls of a small unmanned aircraft system, and, if applicable, the visual observer to determine compliance with the rule.

If you are flying under a Recurrency (anyone who isn't in their first 24 months of UAS operation are the only ones who would be) you have to have a printed copy of your most recent Proof of Currency with you. That's a print out of your FAA Document showing satisfactory completion of the Recurrency Test/Training. You should also have your plastic RPIC on hand as well IMHO.

Here is a link to the Executive Summary which includes OOP, Night Flight w/o Waiver and the other new aspects of Part 107 going into effect later this month:
 
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Hello all,

Thank you all for posting this information. Just curious though, I unfortunately had to pay at a testing center to keep current as I had projects in work. I'm good for 2 more years and do understand that I won't be able to fly over people and at night until I complete the "training". No worries.

My question is, if I now go online, and don't pass the training, does that now change my currency status to "not current" since I received a failing score? This is what the test centers would do if you were to go in and attempt to get a "better" score and fail. The score/pass/no pass of your last testing would be counted as your "new" status.

I'm sure everyone will pass, but it's just one of those questions that I haven't seen addressed yet.
 
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Just my opinion... Your currency status is valid for 24 months. If you choose to take a re-currency test prior to the twenty-four months, it shouldn't matter if you fail. You should be current until your original currency expires. Just make sure you pass prior to your current currency expiration. Again, this is just my opinion and I would go to court to state my case. I don't see anywhere that your currency is automatically cancelled when you decide to take the re-currency. I just see that it is good for twenty-four months. To me, it's pretty clear.
 
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Hi all. Sorry for the confusing question. What I was referring to was some verbiage from the PSI centers policy below. I just wasn't sure if the FAA had some "small print" in there for that type of situation since they are responsible for recurrent training now.

RETESTING FOR HIGHER SCORE A candidate retesting, in an attempt to achieve a higher passing score, may retake the same test 30 days after the date of the last attempt. The candidate is required to submit the original applicable AKTR indicating the previous passing score to the proctor prior to testing.

The score of the most recent test taken is the official score.

I guess PSI policy wouldn't really be applicable anymore since the training is not through them(PSI) and this is "recurrent training" vs. "recurrent testing".

Sorry, I guess I was thinking "too deep"...lol
 
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Your currency status is valid for 24 months. If you choose to take a re-currency test prior to the twenty-four months, it shouldn't matter if you fail. You should be current until your original currency expires. ............. I just see that it is good for twenty-four months.
I do not believe this is the case. You are not guaranteed the 24 months. For example.. If you take the original or recurrent exam on June 1, 2020, you have until the end of June 30, 2022 (all of June) to take the recurrent. If you happen to take the recurrent exam early on May 15, 2022 and pass, your clock of currency is reset and starts again at May 15 for two years. Similarly, if you take the recurrent on May 15, 2022 and fail, the clock resets and you are NO LONGER current in the eyes of the FAA. Why? Because by failing, you currently (no pun intended) have just proven to the FAA that you have lost a significant amount of knowledge that is required to hold a Part 107 Certificate.

At least that is my understanding of how it works.
 
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This is not a test it is training and you have to take a quiz to satisfy your understanding of the topics covered. Keep in mind that you can access the training material while taking the quiz and if you miss a question you are allowed to correct it. Imposible to fail.
 
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Hello all,

Thank you all for posting this information. Just curious though, I unfortunately had to pay at a testing center to keep current as I had projects in work. I'm good for 2 more years and do understand that I won't be able to fly over people and at night until I complete the "training". No worries.

My question is, if I now go online, and don't pass the training, does that now change my currency status to "not current" since I received a failing score? This is what the test centers would do if you were to go in and attempt to get a "better" score and fail. The score/pass/no pass of your last testing would be counted as your "new" status.

I'm sure everyone will pass, but it's just one of those questions that I haven't seen addressed yet.
Two thing...

Flights over people are NOT tied to the recurrent training. That option is available to ALL current 107 pilots after 4/21/21. So don't worry about that.

Second, you literally cannot fail the recurrent training. You read some text and watch some short videos. Then you review, then you take the quiz. You self grade the quiz, and go back and correct everything in order to pass the quiz. Once you have them all right (they're only 3 answer multiple choice), you get to print out your certificate.

The only way to fail the training is to take longer than 90 minutes to answer and grade the final quiz. Most people are finishing the quiz in 15-20 minutes. If someone takes longer than 90 minutes to finish and grade the quiz, they probably shouldn't be flying drones.

This training also resets your 24 calendar month clock.
 
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