FAA Drone Info
WHAT DO I NEED TO LEGALLY OPERATE MY AGRICULTURAL DRONE?
There are several federal, state and local requirements to operate an agriculture drone in the United States legally. Bestway Ag has secured the services of an attorney well-versed in the legal aspects of drone operations. This attorney will guide you through the process, should you purchase your drone from us, or one of our authorized resellers. The only fees you will pay for this service are those required by the attorney and any fees associated with FAA filings. Bestway Ag, nor our authorized resellers, will add any additional fees.
You can rest easy knowing you're legal at the end of the process.
FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot License
This indicates you have a strong, solid foundation and working knowledge of the FAA’s regulations, operating requirements and safety protocols for drone operations.
• Test must be taken at an FAA-approved facility. The cost is $175.
• Must score 70% to pass. The test is 60 questions.
• Night operations ARE COVERED.
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Bestway Ag can provide a training course that has a 99% pass rate. Please contact us for more information.
FAA Part 137 Aerial Applicator License
This license allows you to dispense chemicals from a drone legally. Note that not ALL substances will fall under this regulation, so you should first check to see if the substance you intend to spray falls under the scope of Part 137.
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44807 Heavy Drone Exemption
You must file this exemption if you purchase a T20P, T30, T40, or any drone weighing more than 55 pounds. The Agras T10 does NOT require this exemption as it weighs less than 55 pounds, even fully loaded.
Please note, under new FAA regulations, once this exemption is granted, you will be clear to fly any drone on an officially approved list. This list will update as new aircraft are brought online and pass FAA muster.
The current list of approved aircraft can be found here.
FAA Medical Certificate
If you will be flying anything over 55 pounds, including the T20P, T30 and T40, you must obtain a FAA 3rd class medical certificate. The previous requirement was a 2nd class medical certificate.
This is a physical conducted by a FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Similar to the requirements for a CDL, if you are familiar with those.
All drones weighing over .55 pounds must be registered with the FAA. As a result, even many very small drones must be registered. All Agras series and the Mavic 3M Multispectral will require registration. You will receive an FAA registration certificate and must have this, or a digital copy, in your possession when you fly. Also, you must display the number clearly and legibly on the aircraft, just like an airplane’s tail number.
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State and Local Applicator Licenses
Be sure to check with your state and local authorities to obtain the proper chemical applicator licenses required in your area.
Let’s face it, we live in a litigious society, so you want to ensure you’re covered.