Part 107 Training

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Tuesday, September 4

Getting your Part 107 Certification is the gateway to the commercial drone market. At InterDrone 2018, roll up your sleeves during this full-day, preconference workshop, designed to prepare you for the FAA’s Part 107 Knowledge Test.

Pre-Conference Part 107 Training Workshop

This all-day training session will focus on the essential areas to study for the Part 107 Knowledge Test. Course content and objectives will include Part 107 rules and regulations, aeronautical charts, weather patterns and National Airspace System (NAS), as well as eligibility requirements to be able to take the FAA written knowledge test.

This session will cover more than just the fine details of what you need to know for the Knowledge Test, but also provide you with insight on how to think and operate like a professional commercial drone pilot and provide you with everyday examples that remote pilots may encounter when out performing commercial flight operations for themselves or their clients. This session will be a comprehensive overview to assist you with preparation for taking the Part 107 Knowledge Test and think about the next steps beyond the Knowledge Test.

Those other tops/tips to include:

  • Following policies and practices such as pre-flight and post-flight checklist for every drone flight operations
  • Online test prep resources (handout)
  • Industry Standards
  • FAA Past Practices and the direction they are moving forward with

You will walk away with knowledge regarding:

  • Understanding Part 107 Regulations
  • Understanding and identifying the various classes of controlled, uncontrolled, and Special Use airspace.
  • An understanding of how to read and interpret aeronautical chart symbology.
  • Planning methods to translate a location on street/satellite maps into an aeronautical chart.
  • Understanding of Aeronautical Decision Making and human factors affecting safe flight.
  • Understanding basic weather principles.
  • Interpreting weather reports and forecasts.

Your instructors for the workshop are:

Enrico Schaefer – Traverse Legal, PLC

Enrico, the founding attorney at Traverse Legal, PLC, is a UAS pilot and technology lawyer. His firm includes UAV pilots, college UAS instructors and drone attorneys. Mr. Schaefer is a seasoned trial attorney practicing UAS, FAA drone law, Part 107, Section 333 Exemption petition representation, internet, copyright, domain name, trademark, consumer class action and mass tort law on a global basis.  Mr. Schaefer represents drone companies, UAS vendors, drone developers, and many others in the technology space across a wide range of issues. Mr. Schaefer has been following the FAA’s rule making process for drones and UAVs for many years, and recently launched to assist his drone and UAS clients. Mr. Schaeffer has been a top-rated speaker at previous InterDrones.

Tony Sauerbrey – Northwestern College

Tony is currently working as the UAS program Manager at Northwestern College where he oversees the training of college students and industry professionals on the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. NMC teaches a variety of UAS courses and focuses their training on application based training such as agriculture, land survey, and inspection work. Tony began his career by obtaining an Aeronautics degree from the University of North Dakota. In 2006, he accepted a position at Northwestern Michigan College where he acted as the Chief Flight Instructor overseeing traditional manned aviation training. Foreseeing the growth in the UAS Industry, he began the UAS training program at NMC in 2009.  At that time, he also began working with two other colleagues to form the Aetos Group, a UAS inspection company working in the oil and gas industry. While with Aetos, he worked with companies such as Exxon, Dow Chemical, Shell, Phillips 66 and others to provide asset and infrastructure inspections utilizing a variety of UAS platforms.  In 2015, the company was acquired by Mistras Group, a large industrial inspection firm and continues to grow and have success in the industry. Tony retuned to NMC this past January to continue to develop the UAS program and develop industry training partners.

The full layout of the day is as follows and is a total for 4.5 hours of intense training: 


 9:00 am–5:30 pm  Registration & Badge Pickup
 11:00 am–11:05 am  Welcome Notes
 11:05 am–12:30 pm  Training Session
 12:30 pm–2:00 pm  Lunch Break
 2:00 pm–3:30 pm  Training Session
 3:30 pm–4:00 pm  Coffee Break
 4:00 pm–5:30 pm  Final Review