Instructional Material: Introduction to UAVs

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NOTE (Sept 2021): The TPP videos used as the Primary Instructional Material used in the first 5 units of this course are currently unavailable.  We understand the TPP is creating an updated version of this series.  In the meantime, please see Differentiated Instructional Material: ALTERNATIVE for resources you can use for these lessons.

The Primary Instructional Resource for this Lesson is TPP UAV Training Program Part 1:  Lesson 1

Note: As currently laid out, the TPP course is structured with a scope and sequence that logically follows the needs for a Part 107 (commercial drone operations) overview course.  However, we will be using their lessons out-of-sequence in some cases for our recreational drone operations over school propery based course.  The TPP site does not allow one to advance to a subsequent lesson until the quiz for the current lesson is successfully completed, which make skipping ahead or out-of-sequence awkward.  However, if your browser is set to accept cookies and you run through the course/quizzes once, you may then choose "Resume" and then use the "Menu" tab in the upper-right to resume at any point already completed.

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UPDATE: In October 2018, congress passed the FAA Re-authorization Act which repealed the Section 336 exemption under which recreational UAVs had operated.  The new rules were not in effect yet as the FAA needed time to implement these. In mid-May 2019, the FAA announced the beginning of this process:
https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=93769

and the new rules are summarized on this FAA webpage:
 
The TPP Video pre-dates these changes, so some of the details presented are no longer correct. Please review these, but here are the key take-aways:
 
Registration
Recreational pilots are required to register any UAV weighing over 0.55lb if you fly OUTDOORS:
 
One NEW item is that your registration number must be on the outside of the aircraft, whereas previously you could put your number inside the battery compartment:
 
You are also required to carry proof of your registration with you.
 
Airspace Restrictions
BIG changes here.
The Bad News - teachers who do not have their Part 107 UAV Pilot License are now effectively grounded in controlled airspace. Use this map to identify controlled airspace in your area:
 
The numbers inside each box within the controlled airspace show the maximum altitude a UAV may fly in that area. HOWEVER, you must now have AUTHORIZATION to fly in these areas (not just provide notification to the airport as in the past) and currently the online authorization system (LAANC) is only available to Part 107 licensed pilots, not recreational users/teachers.  This is supposed to change by the end of the summer 2019, but until then, almost all controlled airspace is off limits to recreational users.  Once the LAANC system is updated for recreational users, the map above shows you the maximum altitude you will be able to fly at your school (likely by the fall of 2019).
 
Note: the B4UFLY App has now been updated with these changes as of fall 2019.
 
The Good News - While authorization is now required in controlled airspace, the NOTIFICATION requirement in uncontrolled airspace has been ELIMINATED.  This means the 5 miles notification rings around every uncontrolled or private airport/heliport is no longer in effect.  You must, however, always follow the Recreational UAV Rules:
 
but you no longer need to notify airports outside those on the controlled airspace map above.
 
Aeronautical Knowledge Test

UPDATE (June 2021): Per the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, the mandatory Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) in now in effectAll recreational flyers must pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and provide proof of test passage (the TRUST completion certificate) to the FAA or law enforcement upon request.  Several choices for test adminstrators for this free online course/test are avaialble on this site.  Teachers and students need complete this test before flying UAVs outdoors.

The TRUST is divided into two sections.  The first section provides you with the information needed to pass the test. The second section is a series of multiple choice questions. You cannot fail the test. If you answer a question incorrectly you will be provided with information on why the answer you chose was incorrect and will be prompted to try again.

Upon completion of the TRUST you will receive a completion certificate. The certificate never expires, however, if you lose your certificate you will need to re-take the test and obtain a new certificate.

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