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FAA sets up website for drone operators |

FAA sets up website for drone operators

| Friday, March 23, 2018 1:30 p.m.
FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a drone captures videos and still images of an apartment building in Philadelphia. Federal aviation officials say so many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses, they wonder if there will eventually be millions of drones crowding the nation's skies. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Wondering when and where you can legally fly your drone? The Federal Aviation Administration has set up a site with answers as well as links for registering drones and applying for a Remote Pilot Certification.

The FAA requires the certification for people who want to fly drones as part of their work or business and, in some circumstances, if they fly them recreationally. Drone operators have to register their Unmanned Aircraft Systems regardless of whether they’re flying them for fun or profit.

People who already have a pilot’s license can complete an online course to get their remote pilot certificate. Everyone else has to take a test at one of the FAA’s approved testing sites. Locally, that mainly comes down to two sites at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin. A complete list of testing sites is available on the FAA site.

The site also includes a study guide and sample questions to help people prepare for the test.

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