The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) FAQ

On February 22, 2021, the FAA released information regarding the next step of implementation of the Recreational Knowledge and Safety Test. This step includes the application process for organizations interested in serving as test administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). See below for FAQs regarding the test:

Q: What is “TRUST”?
A: “TRUST” stands for The Recreational UAS Safety Test

Q: Why do I need to take TRUST?
A: The Knowledge and Safety Test is a congressional mandate in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. All UAS users must pass the test in order to operate a recreational model aircraft (UAS) within the National Airspace System (NAS).

Q: I have a Part 107 Certificate; do I also need to complete TRUST?
A: Yes. There are no exemptions from taking the test, including for currently certificated pilots. Anyone flying recreational UAS is required to complete the test.

Q: Are youth under the age of 18 required to complete TRUST?
A: Yes. There are no exemptions from taking the test, including for minors. Youth can get assistance from an adult, if needed.

Q: How often do I need to take the test?
A: At this time, recreational operators only need to take the test once to comply. 

Q: What will be on TRUST?
A: The test will have approximately 25 multiple-choice questions about basic safety guidelines and recreational flying knowledge that most AMA members likely already know. Early indications are that this test will be fail-proof and every recreational user will be able to complete and pass the test.

Q: Does TRUST cost anything?
A: No. Test administrators are prohibited from charging a fee, either directly or indirectly, to individuals taking the test.

Q: How will I know that I have passed TRUST and am able to fly my UAS?
A: Once you complete and pass the test, your test administrator will provide you with a TRUST completion certificate that you can either print or save electronically. This certificate is proof of your compliance with the Reauthorization Act of 2018 and your passage of the test.

Q: Will TRUST affect my AMA membership benefits?
A: Proof of test completion will not be a requirement for AMA membership. However, each member affirms that they will follow AMA’s safety code, including applicable laws and regulations, when he or she signs up to be a member.

Q: When will recreational users be required to take the test?
A: The FAA has not yet released dates regarding when the test will be available to users, but members should expect the testing requirement to be in place sometime in the second half of 2021.

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