Navigating the FAA Part 137

Why does a pilot need a 14 CFR Part 137?

The FAA mandates that all pilots intending to fly and dispense chemicals and agricultural products in the propagation of agriculture must obtain what is referred to as a 137, as outlined in the FAA 14 CFR Part 137. Additionally, before applying for a 137, the FAA requires all drones weighing over 55 lbs to operate under a heavy drone regulation, commonly known as a 44807.

Navigating FAA 137 regulations can be complex for agriculture specialists. At VT Insurance Agency, we specialize in helping agri-businesses streamline the compliance process. With our expertise, we guide you through the necessary steps to ensure smooth compliance with regulations, allowing your ag drone business to operate efficiently and profitably while remaining compliant.

Here's a step-by-step guide to becoming Unmanned FAA compliant:

  • Step 1: Apply for your 44807, a process that typically takes 8-10 weeks. You'll need your 107 pilot license and N# completed beforehand.
  • Step 2: Obtain your Part 107 license by creating an IACRA account, setting up a PSI account, scheduling your 107 test through PSI, and submitting a paper license application on IACRA.
  • Step 3: Obtain your Class 3 medical by finding your closest AME.
  • Step 4: Register your drone over 55 lbs with the FAA, which involves completing forms, providing a bill of sale, articles of organization (if applicable), and making a $5 payment to the FAA.
  • Step 5: Apply for your 137 once the FAA has approved your 44807, submitting a copy of your 8710-3 form.
  • Step 6: Keep records for a year as required by the FAA, utilizing UPASS for FAA audited logbooks and training materials.
  • Step 7: Register your drone's RID serial number with the FAA, complying with state-specific chemical licensing requirements.

For detailed state-specific requirements and notifications, refer to our state directory. At VT Insurance Agency, we're here to simplify the compliance process and support your ag drone business every step of the way.