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UAV Pilot License and RatingsWhich Licenses and Ratings Will You Need?
By Kyle Garrett
Many people believe that since UAV pilots don't actually "fly" the airplane, they don't need a pilot license. However, this is usually not the case. To become a UAV pilot you'll need to earn at least a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating, and get at least a third class FAA medical certificate. Learn about UAV pilot jobs.
Which Licenses and Ratings Will You Need?
UAV pilots typically hold some or all of the following licenses, ratings, and certificates:
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Medical Third Class - Certificate
- Private Pilot - License
- Commercial Pilot - License
- Airline Transport Pilot - License
- Instrument Pilot - Rating
Does a UAV Sensor Operator Need a License?
Depending on the kind of job you're looking for, a UAV sensor operator may or may not be required to posses at least a private pilot license. However, with that said, you will have a huge advantage over other job applicants if you are a certified private or commercial pilot when you apply.