FAA Certified Drone Operator, still photographer, & creative professional.
Good add!! I forgot about the Alta 8!!
The FAA has had A protocol in place for certifying commercial drone operators since August. I was one of the first to get mine and since then there have been thousands more.
That's a shame... I didn't speak to anyone there, I just bought it through the app store so I can't really attest to their customer service. Hopefully the app you got is just as good. Best of luck on the exam!
Yes, 60 question multiple choice. 70 or better to pass.
Haha very true! Thanks for posting!
Hey David - These are the three things I used to study with. Of course, I had a good working knowledge of FAA and drone operation requirements from having gone through the 333 Exemption process as well but in terms of disciplined effort preparing for the exam, I mainly used the ground school app to reveal where I needed to spend more time learning and used the FAA link as a resource and YouTube (for the charts). The study guide is probably a great thing to familiarize yourself with since it comes directly from the FAA. That's pretty cool that they sent you that. They made no mention of it when I registered. That being said, yes. Some of the information does seem a little out-of-scope for certain operations but the test is designed to cover all foreseeable applications. I would become familiar with it but I suggest doing some practice tests to help you figure out where you need to learn the most and then focus on those areas. Was the study guide an actual printed booklet or was it a pdf or some other thing? If there's a link to it, post it. I'm sure it'll be helpful to other people too.
Drone insurance seems to average out to somewhere around $1000/Million. I have hull insurance (covers damage to my drone/camera) and 2M liability and it came out to just over 1800/year. I've heard of people paying more and less but it seems like most companies are in the $1000/Mil range. I have heard of a company that does per-job insurance. I heard of them after I had already paid my premium but it sounded interesting. My only concern with the really inexpensive companies is what's going to happen when it's time to pay out? How many loopholes are built into those policies to let them walk away? Who knows...maybe it's the way to go. Here's a link to them if you want to check them out: http://unmannedrisk.com/dromatics-pay-per-use-insurance-for-unmanned-sys...
My insurance is provide by: http://www.global-aero.com/
Hope this helps!