Pilot FAA Recurrent Training

A review on FAA Recurrent Training Requirements under Remote Pilot Certification from DroneHive’s Safety Officer: 


April 5, 2022

Hello DroneHive Pilot Community:

I hope that you are all well as we end Q1! Spring is upon us, and the demand at DroneHive is strong. Let’s all remain vigilant and keep safety our top priority as we approach the busy summer season. Quality work is at the heart of what we do at DroneHive so let’s take our time and capture quality data for our clients and be safe in the field.

If you didn’t already know, the FAA published its newest Part 107 Advisory Circular (AC) 107-2A on 2-1-21. You can find a copy here. I want to review recurrent training requirements from Chapter 6 under Remote Pilot Certification. I’ve come across several pilots recently that didn’t have the required recurrent training completed on time.

Remember, ACs are not regulatory in nature. They provide guidance and best practices that promote compliance with FAA regulations. I recommend reviewing this AC periodically as part of your professional pilot development.

Depending on how you obtained your Remote Pilot Certificate (initial UAG written exam or Part 61 knowledge training), the following ongoing recurrent training requirement is the same. All Part 107 pilots must complete recurrent training within 24 calendar months to keep exercising privileges. Remember, your pilot certificate does not expire, but you must prove that you’ve completed the required recurrent training. You can find the recurrent training on faasafety.gov under Featured Courses. Oh, and did I mention it’s free!

The FAA publishes a great table in AC 107-2A that depicts Recurrent Training Cycle examples. I’ve added it below in case anyone is still confused. I will be reviewing other Chapters of AC 107-2A in future Buzz newsletters, so please reach out to me directly ([email protected]) if you want a question answered.

Please join me for our next DroneHive Training Webinar on May 26, 2022, at 1 pm Pacific Time. I’ll be giving an overview of how you can submit your ATC Authorization via FAADroneZone. If you’re on our mailing list, stay tuned for upcoming registration details. If you aren’t on our mailing list, please submit your email with the Subscribe button on the footer of this page.

Our Flight Operations team is here to help you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need assistance with CoAs, flight planning, or have general questions.

Safe flying,

Michael Walcker


About Michael

Michael is a native of southwestern North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota where he earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Aviation Professional Flight. He has been a professional pilot and flight instructor for more than 17 years accumulating over 7,500 hours of total flight time, 5,000 as an instructor, and earned the “Gold Seal” instructor designation by the FAA.


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