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Taking a Free FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Practice Test
It’s been a pleasure to offer a free FAA Part 107 practice test in my online school. A lot of future professional remote pilots have been taking advantage of this, and it’s really given me some insight into what people are studying for the test.
There are some questions and knowledge areas where people who have been self-studying are very strong.
There are other areas and questions that everyone has been having problems with. In particular, airspace/chart-reading and weather. And this aligns with statistics from multiple other sources also.
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What you really need to know to pass the FAA Part 107 test
The FAA tests for understanding, not memorization.
The truth is, only a small handful of FAA-written questions are available to the public for studying and practice. Everything else is written by instructors like me and study guide publishers.
Your actual Part 107 Remote Pilot test will mostly have questions that you’ve never seen before. You’ll need to know why the answer is correct, not just what the answer is. I hope that makes sense.
I’m just trying to emphasize that you can’t take a free Part 107 practice test over and over until you get the questions right and think you’re good to go. You don’t have that option with the actual FAA test without having to wait 14 days and shelling out another $160 each time.
So let’s take a look at the ten most-missed questions from my Part 107 practice test covering all aeronautical knowledge areas. Hopefully, this will give some folks an idea about how they should study for the Remote Pilot test.
About the Part 107 Practice Test:
- A FREE version containing a total of 120 questions and ten-day access
- A PRIME version containing a total of 260 questions, two-month access, and test-taking tips
- Both tests will present you with 60 random questions each time you start it
The Part 107 Practice Test has been updated to reflect the new rules effective April 21st, 2021 if you will be taking your Initial test after that date. For a summary of the new rules, read this article.
- How to schedule the Part 107 Remote Pilot test
- How to apply for your Remote Pilot certificate after the test
If you change your mailing address, you must update your sUAS registration information within
A) 7 days
B) *14 days
C) 30 days
Everyone has been answering 30 days. People have been emailing me, you’re grading it incorrectly.
This is a great example of RTFQ…Read The Freakin Question. The keyword is registration, not pilot certificate (read all about drone registration). I know, it’s ridiculous, but I didn’t write the rules. Remember these important dates:
10 days: Report an accident
14 days: Retest after failure; update sUAS registration information
30 days: Update pilot certificate information
You can’t fly your sUAS faster than
A) 100 knots
B) *87 knots
C) 87 miles per hour
The groundspeed limit is 100 miles per hour, which is also equal to 87 knots.
Remember: 100 is a nice round number. Miles per hour is a nice easy unit of measure we’re all familiar with. 100 miles per hour. If you see “100” it has to have “mph” next to it and vice versa. Process of elimination means that 87 knots is the only other correct answer.
(Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2H, Figure 20, Area 1.) The Fentress NALF Airport (NFE) is in what type of airspace?
A) Class C
B) *Class E
C) Class G
This one is in a lot of Part 107 practice tests but no one really explains how to figure it out other than “know airspace.”
The best way to figure out these airspace questions is to start at the airport and work outwards until you get to the first airspace class symbol. In this case, it’s a dashed magenta line. A dashed magenta line means that the airport surface is Class E. This legend will be in your testing supplement booklet – use it! It’s a gimme question if you know that the answer is in your test booklet.
(Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2H, Figure 75, Area 6.) During preflight planning, you plan to operate in R-2305. Where would you find additional information regarding this airspace?
A) In the Aeronautical Information Manual
B) In the Charts Supplement U.S.
C) *In the Special Use Airspace area of the chart
“R-2305” means that it’s a Restricted area. A Restricted area is a type of Special Use Airspace. Every VFR sectional chart has a Special Use Airspace table in the margins indicating hours of operation, altitudes, and controlling agency. The Charts Supplement U.S. does not have this information (except in very rare circumstances).
The Class E airspace over Napa Co (APC) starts at
A) 2,500′ MSL, above the Class D airspace
B) 2,500′ AGL, above the Class D airspace
C) *2,501′ MSL, above the Class D airspace
Take your time on these questions and read the answers carefully. It’s so easy to look at the chart, see  in the Class D airspace, recognize that as meaning 2,500′ MSL, and select that answer.
However, that’s the top of the Class D airspace. Class D includes 2,500′. Which means that Class E starts at 2,501′. It’s so silly, I know, but you can’t make excuses when the test is graded.
You’re listening to the radio and a pilot says that he’s on “right downwind for runway 07”. That aircraft is on the
A) *south side of the airport
B) north side of the airport
C) west side of the airport
These are some of the most difficult questions on both the Part 107 practice test and real test – but it doesn’t need to be. You’ll get it correct as long as you take your time and use the piece of scratch paper and pencil provided in the test. Here’s how to do it:
1 – Draw a basic compass rose with the four cardinal directions.
2 – Put an X on the compass where the runway is. Runway 07 means 070 on the compass rose, which is right before 090 going clockwise.
3 – Draw a line representing the runway from that X and through the middle to the other side.
4 – From the X, draw a traffic pattern making turns in the same direction (in this case you’re making right-hand turns from the X since the question says “right downwind”). If there is no left or right, the default is left.
5 – Put another X on the traffic pattern leg where the aircraft says it is. This X is on the downwind leg (“right downwind for runway 07”). Which puts it south of the airport.
Using standard lapse rates, the standard pressure at 3,000′ MSL is
A) 29.62″ Hg
B) *26.92″ Hg
C) 32.92″ Hg
We need to know two things for this question:
- The standard pressure at sea level, which is 29.92″ Hg.
- The standard pressure lapse rate, which is 1″ Hg per 1,000′.
If it’s 1″ per 1,000′, then that means that it’s 3″ per 3,000′. 29.92″ Hg – 3″ Hg = 26.92″ Hg.
One of the most dangerous types of thunderstorms is
A) an isolated thunderstorm
B) *squall lines
C) an airmass thunderstorm
You can fly around an isolated thunderstorm. Airmass thunderstorms have all that energy spread out over a large area and usually aren’t very severe. Squall lines, however, are so strong and so wide that they will ruin your day. They are widely considered the most dangerous type of thunderstorm for the hazards they present.
A wind reading of 17004KT in a METAR means that the wind is
A) 170° magnetic at 4 knots
B) 170° magnetic at 40 knots
C) *170° true at 4 knots
There’s a saying that if you read it, it’s true, if you hear it, it’s magnetic. A METAR is a weather product that you read, therefore it must be true.
Advection fog and upslope fog require
Fog forms when air cools to the dew point. There are many different methods in which this cooling method can happen, and the different types of fog are named after the cooling method.
The word “advection” is actually another name for “wind.” Advection fog forms when wind blows air over cold land. Upslope fog forms when air is forced up the side of a mountain, which cools it to the dew point. Wind is required to push this air up the mountain.
I don’t know if this is one of the most missed Part 107 questions, but it’s certainly the one I get the most emails about.
“I found an error on your practice test. The answer should be 2 years. Your training sucks, I can’t believe I recommended it to other people.” Whoa, slow down and pay attention. The answer is most definitely 3 years.
Drone registration must be renewed every
B) two years.
C) *three years
This is another great example of the “RTFQ” principle.
Slow down. Read the entire question. The question asks about registration renewal, not pilot certificate renewal. Everyone zeroes-in on the word “renewal” and says, “ah, my pilot certificate must be renewed every two years.” Which is one of the options in the answers, and it’s incorrect for this question.
According to FAR Part 48.100, if you meet the drone registration requirements (anything between 0.55 and 55 pounds), the registration must be renewed every three years. It’s right there spelled out in the regulations. Stop arguing with me 🙂
How would you do on the Remote Pilot practice test?
Does any of this change how you’re going to prepare for the actual test?
Take a Part 107 Remote Pilot practice test to see how you’d do! Updated for the new April 2021 rules.
Read how to schedule your Part 107 test here. And after the test, you can read how to finish applying for your Remote Pilot certificate here.
FAA Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Advanced Ground Instructor