NVBAA Next Generation Drone Pilots Scholarship Program

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) also referred to as drones, are bringing vast innovations and creating many job opportunities, and careers. NVBAA has long recognized and worked towards supporting STEM education and workforce pipelines for the aviation industry. Starting mid-June NVBAA will be providing 100 Scholarships for an 8-week drone pilot training program to prepare young Nevadans, ages 16 and up, for taking their Part 107 Remote Pilot exam, and receiving their FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. Participants in this program will receive industry-leading instruction for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam preparation, as well as learn how drones are used in commercial applications. NVBAA’s team will provide expert guidance on the process of Part 107 test preparations, exam registration, and application for remote pilot certification.

What is the Part 107 Exam?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all drone pilots who intend to fly for work, business, or commercial reasons, to pass a Knowledge Test, also known as the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.

Training Topics to be Covered

  1. Applicable regulations relating to small Unmanned Aircraft System rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
  2. Airspace classification, operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
  3. Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
  4. Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
  5. Emergency procedures
  6. Crew resource management
  7. Radio communication procedures
  8. Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
  9. Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
  10. Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
  11. Airport operations
  12. Maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures
  13. Commercial applications of sUAS

What are the FAA requirements to obtain a Part 107 Certificate?

(From the FAA website) To become a drone pilot you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center

Pilot certificate requirements:

  • Must be easily accessible by the remote pilot during all UAS operations
  • Valid for 2 years – certificate holders must pass a recurrent knowledge test every two years

NVBAA Scholarship Application requirements:

  • Must be a student within the State of Nevada and at least 16 years of age
  • Must have career interest in aviation and/or aerospace and be considering post-secondary advancement opportunities in these areas
  • Maintain near perfect attendance with the 8-week program; as attendance will be paramount to passing the Part 107 examination

How do I apply?

Please complete and submit the 2019 Application form below.

In partnership with Global Robot And Drone Deployment (GRADD), and using a Grant by Union Pacific Railroad, NVBAA is providing this FREE Part 107 training for youth and young adults all across Nevada. We encourage you to consider taking part in this training program and obtain your Part 107 Remote Pilot’s Certificate. We are confident that you will be inspired to join countless other remote pilots across our great State and beyond.

These scholarships are made possible by a Union Pacific Railroad Grant.

All applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please call 702-879-9100 or email reza@nvbaa.org with any other questions.

NVBAA Aviation STEM Education Team