Part 137 Essentials Kit

Part 137 Essentials Kit

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Obtaining a Part 137 Agricultural Aircraft Operations Certification

 

(1)  Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate (Not Included in 'Part 137 Essentials Kit')

Prep Time: 1-3 weeks of study

Exam Cost: $175

 Also referred to as your Remote Pilot Certification, this license clearly demonstrates you understand the FAA’s regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones.

 

(Side Bar) To become a pilot, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Be in sound physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone
  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam: "Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG)"

 

PROCESS

 

 

Access the complimentary Agri Spray Drones’ study guide in the resources section below.

 

 

Access full directions for this step at: https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/Default.aspx   

 

  • Step 5: A confirmation email will be sent to you once you have completed the TSA security background check. This email will provide instructions for printing a copy of the temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA.

 

  • Step 6: A permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete.

 

  • Step 7: Always have your Remote Pilot Certificate available when you fly your UAS.

 

RESOURCES

 

FAA Part 107 | Webpage

Visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/ to learn more regarding drone regulations, study material, local testing facilities, and more.

 

Testing Centers

To find a testing center near you, visit: FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center

*If you are unable to schedule online, call the testing center.

 Part 107 Renewal

It is important for all pilots, including Certified Remote Pilots, to keep their aviation knowledge up to date. If you have a Remote Pilots Certificate, you are required to complete an online training course every 24 calendar months (2 years) to operate a UAS under Part 107.

 

Note:  Part 107 Certification is not required to begin the FAA regulatory Exemption process.  However, a Pilot certification number will be required to complete your application for Part 137 certification, so it is important that you obtain the Part 107 certification as soon as possible.

 

(2)  FAA Drone Registration

          You must register your drone with the FAA to receive the Part 137 certification and obtain insurance. There are two separate and distinct prosses for registering a drone with the FAA depending upon the aircraft weight.

            (a)  Part 107 Under 55 lbs. 

 

Information needed to register

  • Physical address and mailing address (if different from physical address)
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Make and model of your drone
  • Specific Remote ID serial number provided by the manufacturer (if applicable)
  • Credit or debit card

Registration Fees

  • Part 107 registration costs $5 per drone and is valid for three (3) years.

            (b) Section 44807 over 55 lb. Registration  

          The FAA is currently 3 to 4 months in arrears with processing these registrations.  However, there is a 90-day provision allowing flight as long as he application has been submitted.   

Step 1: Download the Aircraft Registration Application form AC 8050-1.

You MUST download the application from the FAA site for it to be valid.  https://www.faa.gov/forms/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentID/185220

  • It cannot be a computer-generated or photocopied form. It is a fillable form that can be filled out on the computer, but it must be an original pen signed form.  Also, there can be no white outs, strike throughs, or corrections within the form.
  • Step 2: Follow the outlined directions in Step 1 and complete the form. Include the needed documents based on which option you are using to register your drone below.
  • Mailing instructions are included in the instructions with the application.

Instructions for completing the 8050-1 are pretty straight forward, except block 1. In this block, the FAA is asking for the applicant to list the N number.  If you do not reserve an N number, then the phrase “next available” will be entered in that space next to the N.

Required Documents for Filing as an Individual

The following additional documents, at a minimum, must accompany the 8050-1 when you file your registration as an individual without an N number registration:

  • Bill of sale (BOS) or invoice for the drone
  • sUAS Affidavit (This form must be notarized).

 

 

Required Documents for Filing as an LLC. (a copy of the instructions is attached)

 

When submitting documents to register in the name of an L.L.C., one of the following must also be submitted along with the 8050-1 application form, the aircraft BOS, and the sUAS Affidavit:

 

(a) A copy of the document evidencing the organization of the L.L.C. (e.g., Certificate of Formation, Articles of Organization, or Operating Agreement).

 

The submitted document must include the name of each of the members and clearly state whether management of the L.L.C. is vested in its members, in a manager, in its officers. The citizenship of each member, manager or officer is also required and may be provided, in either a cover letter or separate statement; OR,

 

(b) A written representation that states how the L.L.C. qualifies as a citizen of the United States that is signed by and shows the title of a person with this knowledge. A satisfactory statement will include the following information and representations:

 

  1. The full name of the L.L.C.

 

  1. The State in which the L.L.C. is lawfully organized.

 

  1. The date the L.L.C. was legally formed or organized.

 

  1. The Name of each of the members of the L.L.C. and their type of entity (i.e., individual, corporation, partnership, L.L.C.). NOTE: If a general or limited partnership is involved in the L.L.C. as a member, manager, or officer, the statement should represent whether the partnership is comprised entirely of individuals (natural persons).

 

  1. Whether the L.L.C. is managed by its members, or by a manager(s) or officer(s). NOTE: Show the title that will be used to sign all documents.

 

  1. The name of the manager(s) or officer(s), if applicable, and type of entity if other than a natural person.

 

  1. Whether the members, manager(s), or officer(s) may act independently. NOTE: A non-citizen member

or manager may not act independently in a management capacity.

 

  1. A description as to how each legal entity within the L.L.C. structure supports a determination that the L.L.C. is a citizen of the United States as required by 49 U.S.C. 40102(a)(15). NOTE: If a partnership is involved in the L.L.C., the statement must represent the citizenship of each partner.

 

Even if you own a LLC, you can register your drone as an individual.  This is recommended for simplicity.  However, ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED MUST MATCH.  For example:  If your aircraft BOS or invoice is listed in the LLC company name, then the 8050-1 application and all other documents must also be in the company name.  You cannot have one document listed in the company name, and another listed as an individual, or the FAA will kick them back. 

Reserving Your Own N Number

One option to the registration process is to reserve an N number.

Reserve an N number at https://aircraft.faa.gov/e.gov/NN/

There is an extra $10.00 fee for this service that can be paid online. If you choose this option, a separate cover letter explaining the N number reservation will accompany the actual 8050-1 application with the following phrase, or similar.

"I have previously reserved N number (then put what N number you have reserved), However, if that N number is not available, I am requesting the next available N number".   

If you choose to reserve your own N number, the FAA will mail you confirmation of that N number. That is the number that will be entered in block 1. Remember, a separate cover letter accompanies the application when reserving an N number.

Do I have to wait until the FAA mails me confirmation?

 
NO,
 you can submit your registration application form 8050-1 before confirmation.  Since a separate cover letter accompanies the application when reserving an N number anyway, you can explain what N number you have registered for, and that is the number you are requesting, or next available.

If you chose to reserve your own N number as an individual, as explained above, a separate cover letter explaining the N number reservation will also accompany the actual 8050-1 application, along with the BOS or invoice,  and sUAS Affidavit.

 

For questions, visit the FAA’s website or contact the FAA at 866-762-9434 or 405-954-3116. This number has an automated menu that will answer many questions up front but has an option “0” for a live employee to answer questions.

Note:  There is no real benefit to reserving a N number unless you really want a certain number. This has no effect on processing time.

RESOURCES

  • For additional information about registering your aircraft: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/

 

Note:  Your registration is not required to begin the FAA regulatory Exemption process.  However, a registration number is required for obtaining your Part 137 certification. 

Part 107/137 Under 55 lb. Exemption

Expected approval time:  60-90 days, if you use our regulations consultant

Cost: Dependent on level of consulting needed

 Required for any under 55 lb. agricultural spraying operation. 

 Obtaining this certification can feel overwhelming due to the amount of documentation, manuals, and petitions you are required to submit to the FAA. If you choose to purchase our regulations package and use our Agri Spray Drones’ regulations consultant this entire process will be completed for you. 

SECTION 44807 Over 55 lb. Exemption

Expected approval time: 60-90 days, if you use our regulations consultant

Cost: Dependent on level of consulting needed

 Required to operate a drone weighing over 55 lbs.

 Obtaining this certification can feel overwhelming due to the amount of documentation, manuals, and petitions you are required to submit to the FAA. If you choose to purchase our regulations package and use our Agri Spray Drones’ regulations consultant this entire process will be completed for you.                   

FAA PART 137 – Agricultural Aircraft Operator Certification

Expected approval time: 90+ days
Cost: Part 137 guidance packet included with FAA package provided by regulations consultant.  Additional consulting, dependent on level needed (<$600)

This is the certification required to legally conduct agricultural aircraft operations for the purpose of:

  1. Dispensing any economic poison.
  2. Dispensing any other substance intended for plant nourishment, soil treatment, propagation of plant life, or pest control.
  3. Engaging in dispensing or non-dispensing activities that directly affect agriculture, horticulture, or forest preservation, but not including the dispensing of live insects.

Remember, you must have at least submitted your Part 107/137 or Section 44807 Drone Exemption, before you can start the process for your Part 137 certification.   We do recommend starting this process as soon as the petition is submitted.

:  This process is provided by our regulation’s consultant.  If you choose to begin the process on your own, please refer to FAA AC 137-1B

RESOURCES

NIGHT OPERATIONS

            -Under 55 lbs.

If you plan to operate an under 55 lb. drone at night, the FAA no longer requires a waiver, if you comply with the new rule effective April 21, 2021.   

To take advantage of this new rule, however, pilots must receive appropriate training, successfully pass the FAA’s Part 107 Recurrent Exam, and the aircraft must be equipped with approved aviation anti-collision lighting visible for at least 3 statute miles.

          -Over 55 lbs.

If you plan to operate an over 55 lb. drone at night, you will need specific relief from the FAA’s condition and limitation that states, “UAS operations may not be conducted during night, as defined in 14 CFR 1.1”.   

 This requires the submission of a specific safety case along with the 44807 Petition for Exemption. 

 Our regulations consultant is available to complete this for you for a fee of $600. You can request night operations when you fill out the form to contact the consultant for the Section 44807 exemption or later, by filling out the form linked below.

 

MULTI-DRONE/SWARMING OPERATIONS

           - Under 55 lbs.

 Multiple aircraft operations under Part 107, requires a waiver to Part 107.35. https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/part_107_waivers/

 The FAA requires a complete concept of operations along with a safety analysis identifying all operational risks with mitigations as part of the waiver process. Our regulations consultant is available to complete this paperwork for you for a fee of $600.

 

          - Over 55 lbs.

 If you plan to fly more than one drone per pilot, you need a multi-drone exemption from the FAA.

 Again, this requires the submission of a specific safety case along with the 44807 Petition for Exemption. 

 Our regulations consultant is available to complete this exemption for you for a fee of $600.   You can apply for this exemption when you fill out the form to contact the consultant for the Section 44807 Petition for Exemption, or later by filling out the form linked below.

BVLOS

 If you plan to fly beyond visual line of sight, you need a BVLOS exemption from the FAA.

Our regulations consultant is available to complete this exemption for you for a fee of $600.

 

FAA 2ND CLASS MEDICAL CERTIFICATE

If you are operating a drone over 55 lbs., you will need your FAA 2nd Class Medical Certificate. This is like a physical and must be conducted by a FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).

 

To find an examiner near you, https://designee.faa.gov/#/designeeLocator  .

 

STATE PESTICIDE APPLICATORS LICENSE(S)

*This differs state to state.

 Like having a ground sprayer, you need to obtain a proper state pesticide license to legally spray with a drone. To learn more, check with your state pesticide department regarding correct licensing needed to spray with a drone.

 Each State requirement is different. 

 

APPLICATOR INSURANCE

If you plan to do commercial application, you need a comprehensive chemical and general liability insurance policy. The average policy costs $3,000 - $4,000 per year. This includes chemical drift and general liability coverage.