Please note that the FAA considers ALL unmanned aircraft as "drones". That includes fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, and drones as we know them. If you fly anything remotely, these rules apply to you.
On February 22, 2021, the FAA released information regarding the next step of implementation of the Recreational Knowledge and Safety Test. This step includes the application process for organizations interested in serving as test administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). See below for FAQs regarding the test:
Q: What is “TRUST”?
A: “TRUST” stands for The Recreational UAS Safety Test
Q: Why do I need to take TRUST? A: The Knowledge and Safety Test is a congressional mandate in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. All UAS users must pass the test in order to operate a recreational model aircraft (UAS) within the National Airspace System (NAS).
Q: I have a Part 107 Certificate; do I also need to complete TRUST? A: No. Part 107 does not dictate why you fly, whether for only business, fun or any other reason; you must only adhere to the rule. However, if you wish to fly under the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft rule, then you must take the TRUST
Q: Are youth under the age of 18 required to complete TRUST? A: Yes. There are no exemptions from taking the test, including for minors. Youth can get assistance from an adult, if needed.
Q: How often do I need to take the test? A: At this time, recreational flyers only need to take the test once to comply.
Q: What will be on TRUST? A: The test will have 23 multiple-choice questions about basic safety guidelines and recreational flying knowledge that most AMA members likely already know. Early indications are that this test will be fail-proof and every recreational user will be able to complete and pass the test.
Q: Does TRUST cost anything? A: No. Test administrators are prohibited from charging a fee, either directly or indirectly, to individuals taking the test.
Q: How will I know that I have passed TRUST and am able to fly my UAS? A: Once you complete and pass the test, your test administrator will provide you with a TRUST completion certificate that you can either print or save electronically. This certificate is proof of your compliance with the Reauthorization Act of 2018 and your passage of the test.
Q: Will TRUST affect my AMA membership benefits? A: Proof of test completion will not be a requirement for AMA membership. However, each member affirms that they will follow AMA’s safety code, including applicable laws and regulations, when he or she signs up to be a member.
Q: When will recreational users be required to take the test? A: Recreational Flyers are encouraged to take the test as soon as practicable.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Government Affairs team at (765) 287-1256 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting in September 2023 all aircraft flown must meet one of the following requirements. After implementation of the regulation, all aircraft must contain an electronic device similar to large airplane transponder, which will identify the aircraft and its location to the federal agency. New model aircraft manufactured and sold after implantation of the regulation, may contain this device automaticity. The device must be registered with the FAA. For aircraft without this device included, such as older aircraft, a broadcast module can be purchased and registered with the FAA. This module can be placed in any model aircraft, and registered with the FAA. The devices are expected to cost under $50.00 each and must be registered with the FAA so the pilot’s identity and aircraft location is known.
Finally, under the new regulation, any aircraft flown in a location that has been designated as a “FAA Recognized Identification” Area (F.R.I.A.) will be exempt from the above electronic module requirements. AMA flying field locations, such as the Casa Grande RC Flyers airfield, expect to be designated a F.R.I.A. The Casa Grande RC Flyers field is an AMA sanctioned field located more than five miles from any airport. The AMA will help their chartered clubs, such as the Casa Grande club, obtain the F.R.I.A. designation with the FAA.
The FAA is expected to monitor compliance with all the above regulations and has the ability to impose penalties to those who do not follow the new rules. The new rules will add to the cost of the hobby except to those who fly at F.R.I.A designated airfield.
Check back for updates and FAA and AMA links.
The Casa Grande RC Flyers is an Academy Of Model Aeronautics "Award Of Excellence" and a "Gold Level Leaders Club" located in Casa Grande, Arizona. They were also named an AMA "Club Of The Month". A current AMA or MAAC membership is required to join the club and to use the field.