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14 CFR Ch. I (1–1–18 Edition) 

§ 107.53 

400 feet above ground level, unless the 
small unmanned aircraft: 

(1) Is flown within a 400-foot radius of 

a structure; and 

(2) Does not fly higher than 400 feet 

above the structure’s immediate upper-
most limit. 

(c) The minimum flight visibility, as 

observed from the location of the con-
trol station must be no less than 3 stat-
ute miles. For purposes of this section, 
flight visibility means the average 
slant distance from the control station 
at which prominent unlighted objects 
may be seen and identified by day and 
prominent lighted objects may be seen 
and identified by night. 

(d) The minimum distance of the 

small unmanned aircraft from clouds 
must be no less than: 

(1) 500 feet below the cloud; and 
(2) 2,000 feet horizontally from the 

cloud. 

Subpart C—Remote Pilot 

Certification 

§ 107.53

Applicability. 

This subpart prescribes the require-

ments for issuing a remote pilot cer-
tificate with a small UAS rating. 

§ 107.57

Offenses involving alcohol or 

drugs. 

(a) A conviction for the violation of 

any Federal or State statute relating 
to the growing, processing, manufac-
ture, sale, disposition, possession, 
transportation, or importation of nar-
cotic drugs, marijuana, or depressant 
or stimulant drugs or substances is 
grounds for: 

(1) Denial of an application for a re-

mote pilot certificate with a small 
UAS rating for a period of up to 1 year 
after the date of final conviction; or 

(2) Suspension or revocation of a re-

mote pilot certificate with a small 
UAS rating. 

(b) Committing an act prohibited by 

§ 91.17(a) or § 91.19(a) of this chapter is 
grounds for: 

(1) Denial of an application for a re-

mote pilot certificate with a small 
UAS rating for a period of up to 1 year 
after the date of that act; or 

(2) Suspension or revocation of a re-

mote pilot certificate with a small 
UAS rating. 

§ 107.59

Refusal to submit to an alco-

hol test or to furnish test results. 

A refusal to submit to a test to indi-

cate the percentage by weight of alco-
hol in the blood, when requested by a 
law enforcement officer in accordance 
with § 91.17(c) of this chapter, or a re-
fusal to furnish or authorize the re-
lease of the test results requested by 
the Administrator in accordance with 
§ 91.17(c) or (d) of this chapter, is 
grounds for: 

(a) Denial of an application for a re-

mote pilot certificate with a small 
UAS rating for a period of up to 1 year 
after the date of that refusal; or 

(b) Suspension or revocation of a re-

mote pilot certificate with a small 
UAS rating. 

§ 107.61

Eligibility. 

Subject to the provisions of §§ 107.57 

and 107.59, in order to be eligible for a 
remote pilot certificate with a small 
UAS rating under this subpart, a per-
son must: 

(a) Be at least 16 years of age; 
(b) Be able to read, speak, write, and 

understand the English language. If the 
applicant is unable to meet one of 
these requirements due to medical rea-
sons, the FAA may place such oper-
ating limitations on that applicant’s 
certificate as are necessary for the safe 
operation of the small unmanned air-
craft; 

(c) Not know or have reason to know 

that he or she has a physical or mental 
condition that would interfere with the 
safe operation of a small unmanned 
aircraft system; and 

(d) Demonstrate aeronautical knowl-

edge by satisfying one of the following 
conditions: 

(1) Pass an initial aeronautical 

knowledge test covering the areas of 
knowledge specified in § 107.73(a); or 

(2) If a person holds a pilot certificate 

(other than a student pilot certificate) 
issued under part 61 of this chapter and 
meets the flight review requirements 
specified in § 61.56, complete an initial 
training course covering the areas of 
knowledge specified in § 107.74(a) in a 
manner acceptable to the Adminis-
trator. 

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