The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) FAQ

The AMA has now been approved to administer The Recreational UAS Safety Test, or TRUST. AMA has worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ensuring that TRUST meets the intent of Congress without placing an undue burden on our hobby community.

Since 1936, the AMA has been dedicated to the hobby of model aviation, to educational programming, and safety in the airspace. We are offering the TRUST to the entire community of model aviation enthusiasts free of charge.

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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:

FAA The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) FAQs

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: Part 107 does not dictate why you fly, whether for only business, fun or any other reason; you must only adhere to the Part 107 rule.  However, if you wish to fly under the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft rule (PL 115-254 Sec. 349/USC 44809), then you must take the TRUST.

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 flyers only need to take the test once to comply. 

Q: What will be on TRUST?
A: The test has 23 multiple-choice questions about basic safety guidelines and recreational flying knowledge that most AMA members likely already know. The test is 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: Recreational Flyers are encouraged to take the test as soon as practicable.

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