Drone Pilot Registration

Pilot Training and Registration

SMU requires all drone operators to have undergone the proper level of pilot training prior to operations. The various drone usage types and required trainings are outlines below. In addition, all operators must submit register with SMU and submit proof of training. Click below to register.


Business Use

All pilots operating drones for business purposes must have a Remote Pilot’s Certificate, or be under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate, as stipulated by the FAA Part 107 guidelines. This includes flights for any commercial service such as construction surveys, filming athletic practices, or producing a promotional video. If operating a drone is part of a person’s employment, or if they are being compensated, the pilot falls into this category.

Education and Research

Pilots operating conducting flights for educational purposes, including researchers, may procure a license through the FAA Part 107 Certification Program, or must pass the Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) – which offers more limited operations. The preferred certification is the full FAA 107 Certification - especially for professors and supervisor that provide drone training to others or provide oversight to groups operating drones. 

Student Club or Hobbyist

Pilot conducting flights for recreational purposes as part of a student club or as a hobbyist must, at a minimum, complete the FAA Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).

FAA Training

Part 107

The following are necessary components to completing the FAA Part 107 Pilot Certification:

  1. Meet appropriate eligibility requirements
  2. Review study material provided by the FAA for the Knowledge Test
  3. Obtain an FAA Tracking number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA)
  4. Schedule an appointment to take the Knowledge Test at an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center
  5. Complete Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot's certificate. 
  6. Certificate holders must complete online refresher training every two years.

TRUST - The Recreational UAS Safety Test

Please see the TRUST website for more information on this program and an FAA-approved list of test administrators.