A Drone Pilot’s Guide to FAA Ramp Checks: What You Need to Have with You in the Field in Case of Inspection


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Recently we heard about commercial drone pilots being stopped while in the field by FAA officials from local FSDOs (Flight Standards District Offices) for spot checks.

The officials asked the pilots to show their Part 107 certification cards, as well as their flights logs and maintenance records, such as records of how often they change out their rotor blades.

According to Jeff Rose, UAS Chief Pilot from the Sinclair Broadcast Group, these checks have been happening somewhat often for the commercial pilots he oversees, usually after the pilots have filed their LAANC airspace authorizations.

So what exactly do you need to have on hand if the FAA stops you while you're operating a drone for commercial purposes? Check out our new guide on the Drone Pilot Ground School website for a checklist of everything you should have in case of a ramp check.

Have you had a ramp check performed while you're flying commercially, or heard of anyone else who has? Chime in here to share your experiences.

Edited by Zacc Dukowitz
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