How I Passed the Drone Test Part 107

I have taken the script from the video and transcribed it in first person.  If one question helps, it makes a difference.

“Well. I just finished up my drone test. I am filming in the car.  So, the big deal is my surprise. I’ve taken a lot of FAA tests before. I am a pilot and a licensed mechanic. This FAA test did not follow the study guide like I thought it would. I was surprised there were several questions that were not in the FAA study guide. It is going to take me a day or at least a night to sort the test out. In the morning, we will talk about the bottom line of the test.

“Alright!  It is the day after the test and it is time to have an adult conversation about the Part 107 UAS written test.   A friend of mine told me that he had a friend who flew UAV’s for a long time and he got a 95% on the test.

“I told him I thought it wasn’t true.  He said his friend had been flying for a long time and I told him it didn’t matter. Here is why… just flying UAV’s doesn’t cut it. They asked this question, “If your company was going to establish a safety management system, what steps would you want to go through?”   Safety management systems are something that scheduled airlines have. That was not in the Part 107 Test Guide.

“There was another question, “Which conditions result in the formation of frost?”

“A) The temperature of the collecting surface is at or below freezing when small droplets of moisture fall on the surface.

“B) The temperature of the collecting surface is at or below dew point of the adjacent air and the dew point is below freezing.

“C) The temperature of the surrounding air is at or below freezing when small droplets of moisture fall on the collecting surface.

“That was not in this book. I am on page 25 of the FAA’s Remote Pilot Study Guide and it is not in the book. The reason I found this is they use the question for the commercial pilot written test. That is why it is out there and how I found the database question.

“So, what I am saying is there is a lot stuff not in the study guide. Now to get the right answer you have to go to the Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.  This is the handbook they use for private pilots. The other thing that I want to talk about is the human factor. The problem is the “I Am Safe” checklist.  You have to memorize what each one of these letters represents. They asked me what the “M” stands for. I don’t think you have to memorize it to fly a UAV in Afghanistan. I’ve taken several FAA tests.  I am a private pilot. I’ve taken the FAA private pilot written test, instrument written test, air frame test, FAA general test and the FAA power-plant test.

“So I’ve taken a few tests and this is typical FAA bureaucracy. They really have a hard test and they also put things that are in the information that is on the test. This means you to have to study the test questions and frankly you are going to have to memorize some of this stuff if you want to get through this test with a Pass. There are plenty of blog posts and plenty of people who’ve gone out and failed this test. There are also people who’ve passed. There are people who say they’ve got a 100% and I find that very hard to believe based on the fact that there’s questions on this test from the commercial pilot exam.

“Now that we’ve got a few people who have taken the test, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what is on the exam.  I hope this has helped you a lot. We do have an online training program. UAV Training Group, there is a box to click to find out more. We will continue to put out more video content to help everybody as they navigate through this written test.”

As found on Youtube

Learn More About ConnexiCore Cloud Flight Services.

Year-Round Aerial Ag Mapping Sets New Standard in Precision Farming

More farmers are now using aerial technology and remote sensing data for Precision Farming decision-making.  Aerial Imagery is rapidly becoming a routine procedure in the management of crop workflow.

A bare earth map is a great way to catch drainage and irrigation issues early

Frank Segarra, President at Connexicore, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 Agriculture Whitepaper. Mr. Segarra goes on to say, “It’s really not a surprise that Drones now have a year-round presence in agriculture. From using drone maps to assess drainage tiles to determine if irrigation systems are functioning correctly, to using an elevation map to assess the slope of a field to determine if new drainage tile is needed, drones play a key role in planning. It’s not unusual for the resultant plan to show both the location and number of tiles needed to get the job done.”

With over 20 years of industry experience, ConnexiCore is deeply engaged in several inter-related aspects of drone management and the systems to support business workflow in Agriculture. Connexicore has quickly become one of the most recognized, full-scale drone solution providers in the marketplace.  ConnnexiCore is committed to the delivery of solutions that meet the client’s requirements from taking an abstract idea, to establishing the deployment of a timely workflow.


A bare earth map is a great way to catch drainage and irrigation issues early, before they turn into bigger problems next growing season.  This kind of mapping can easily be done before the ground freezes.

To best view drainage tiles, map your field in the morning after a rain, when the soil is still wet but beginning to dry out.  Aerial Imagery will show the red areas are the driest and the green areas are still relatively wet, signifying that they might not be draining as fast as the rest of the field. An elevation map is also a useful tool here.

Although a standard drone map (without the use of ground control points) shouldn’t be used to determine the actual coordinates for laying drainage tiles, it can still help you assess how a field slopes, decide if tile is needed, and make a general plan for the location and number of tiles.

Additionally, to detect potential problem areas with an above-surface irrigation system, an RGB (using color values) map or crop health map is ideal. Excess water may build below the surface before any issues can be seen above ground.  By reviewing a RGB map a lot of irrigation issues, like flat or sunken tires, or plugged nozzles, can be spotted early.


One of the best things about drones is the opportunity to analyze issues in real time. This means the same drone maps used at the height of the growing season to make a difference are also invaluable when it comes time for a post-season debrief.

By reviewing side-by-side maps and integrating this new data with historical field data?—?such as soil type, soil sample, planting, and yield data?—?you gain a true picture of field’s performance.  With a greater understanding of what happened, exactly where it happened, and at what point in time, you can make smarter crop management decisions to maximize next year’s yield.


If you want more details, compare your drone maps with other information, like harvest, yield, variety, and spraying maps.  This points out the importance of using Cloud based data points.  All you have to do is import the necessary field maps from the software.  Better yet, you can also export orthomosaic, plant health, and elevation maps.  The end result is a complete history  of how crops are being grown.

As spring arrives and planting approaches, it’s a good idea to map your bare field one last time.  A preseason barren earth map, combined with targeted ground-truthing, can help you understand what pests and weeds have come up as a result of heavy rains or severe weather.

If any issues do exist, you can use ConnexiCore plant health tools to assess how much spraying may be needed and where to apply it. When it comes to “time to plant,” you will have better knowledge of the field health.


Just as the off season is the time to take stock of equipment, maintenance, and staffing needs, it’s also the time to create a seasonal flight plan.  Flying at regular intervals creates a consistent record of what a field looks like over time and gives you more information to work with when it comes time to make those big, mid-season decisions.

If you go into the busiest months with a pre-established calendar, you’ll be more likely to stay consistent even when things get busy.  So exactly how often should you fly your fields?  This varies depending on your situation, but in general, consider the value of a particular crop and the distance of the field from your headquarters.  Strive for flying the most convenient and high-value crops each week, and the less convenient crops biweekly.


JAN/FEB:  Purchase Equipment, Necessary software, Drone service

MAR:  Soil Mapping, Historical maps

APR: Planting

MAY: Replanting

JUN/JUL/AUG:  Crop Scouting, Application decisions, Irrigation Needs, Yield projections

SEP:  Harvest

OCT:  Drainage Repair

NOV/DEC:  Evaluate & Plan


ConnexiCore is committed to partnering with companies through innovation, advancing groundbreaking information technologies and creating synergies so customers can take advantage of ConnexiCore’s entire geospatial and industrial services, including Precision FarmingClick here to see a video on ConnexiCore Flight Services.

Contact Kim Kersten at 800-874-9640 Ext 703 or for a copy of the 2018 Agricultural White Paper or for more information.


Sell Real Estate Faster with Drone Marketing

BACKGROUND:  According to MLS statistics, homes with aerial images sold 68 percent faster than homes with standard images. Video tours incorporating drone footage are a great way to make property stand out and attract new listings.

According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 73 percent of homeowners say they are more likely to list with a real estate agent who uses video to market their home.  Yet surprisingly, only 9 percent of agents create listing videos.

Buyers of multi-million-dollar homes often shop online first, so they expect high-quality photography and video in the online listing or they won’t bite.  It’s hard to argue that in the luxury property market, drone photography has upped the real estate marketing game in a big way.

Stunning Aerial Views of Luxury Properties

The 3 Benefits of Using Drone Technology in Real Estate

1. Additional Images and Video

Before drones became accessible to the real estate market, aerial photos and videography were limited to lower quality satellite images or expensive photo shoots that sometimes would include helicopters.

Today, FAA licensed commercial drone services provide a cost effective and visually stunning alternative — and can be used as a buzz worthy mention to move the sale along. Drones also provide a way for prospective home buyers to experience a video or photo tour in an online home listing before taking the time to physically visit the house.

Using this technology can help to diminish the extensive time it takes to tour available homes and can speed along the home transaction.

2. Catch Potential Property Problem Areas

While residential or commercial inspectors are trained to uncover potential problems of a structure, drones can offer another layer and detailed point of view to the inspections. Drones are invaluable when inspecting steep/high roofs, chimneys and areas that might otherwise be inaccessible.

Drones offer great versatility in Marketing

Additionally, drones can:

  • Catalog and thermally map moisture penetration in commercial flat roof installations
  • Locate and map thermal faults caused by gaps in insulation. Detect HVAC leaks before filtering into the roofing insulation
  • Safely perform building inspections within minutes. Utilizing drone technology can now help and assist qualified commercial & residential inspectors reduce the unknown and potentially save the prospective purchaser the cost of previously undiscovered issues.

3. A Clear View of the Land

Drones have the capability to show an entire property, which is especially beneficial when the area is expansive and includes additional features like stables, acreage, farmland or even a second dwelling. This also benefits home inspectors when looking for things that can sometimes be challenging to identify when conducting inspections on foot.

Stunning perspective of a luxury property

Take the time to learn how Connexicore can be the right partner in your luxury marketing initiatives.  We provide a clear and concise Statement of Work that provides transparency in the project.  Services are available nationwide.

You can contact Kim Kersten at or at 1-800-874-9640 ext 703.

Know Your Statement of Work

UAV Drone Flight Services – 8 Benchmarks in Customer Service & Cloud Delivery 2018

Connexicore is now using Best Practices and Processes to establish a Benchmark for their UAV Drone Flight Services platform to increase overall efficiency, lower costs, empower their drone flight crews to do their best work without wasting time and to scale to meet clients’ increasing demands.  The Connexicore Drone Flight Services Platform, offered nationwide, includes a Benchmark in Cloud Delivery and Customer Service.  This document is simply the Connexicore Statement of Work.

Know Your Statement of Work
Advanced Panning for Drone Surveys is a Best Practice

1.  Project Management

Connexicore focuses on Customer Requirements.  This includes getting the right information and communicating well.  In order to provide the best service, expectations need to be understood.  If there is not a match, then the job is declined. During the initial due diligence, the team reviews legal status, use of a validated air space map, necessary permissions, permits, licenses, insurance needs and the most cost-effective way to achieve the best results.

2.  Operations Planning

Once expectations, timing and necessary resources are reviewed, planning moves forward.  This key step insures the crews operates as efficiently as possible.

3.  Evaluate Airspace

Connexicore uses a validated air-space map to verify the location of the project.  Upon review it may be necessary to apply for a waiver from the FAA.  If the project requires flying over private property, then special permission is acquired.  Scheduling can be altered due to timeliness of permission requirements.

4.  Create a Flight Area

Depending on the size of the flight area, the ConnexiCore Cloud platform creates the flight area for their crew so they know exactly where they need to go.

5.  Marking Points of Interest

Connexicore Flight Crews know all key points of interest including rally points, potential take off areas, where they need to fly and all data collection requirements.  All Points of Interest and Records are reviewed prior to the activity.  This removes any guesswork in the field.

6.  Other Scheduling Considerations

Connexicore reviews the map to determine if blocking off public access is required.  It will be determined if the crew needs escort or supervision.   Screenshots of the flight plan are shared with the customer and contingency planning accommodates inclement weather.

7.  Execution of the Flight

On the day of the flight the validated drone airspace map is checked one additional time.  Connexicore is prepared to deal with temporary flight restrictions.  Oftentimes, the problem areas can be worked out with the regulators.

8.  Finalizing the Project

As soon as the Connexicore Team finishes the project the flight is immediately logged, including both what the humans did and what the aircraft did.  These two data points become the System of Record.

Connexicore logs all flights to maintain credentials of their pilots.  This enables a record to indicate any training requirements or being prepared for any audits.  This is a Standard Operating Procedure.  The process of tracking Pilot hours is important in maintaining standards of professionalism and credibility of the pilots.

Following Up on a Statement of Work
There are many industrial applications for Drone Flight Services.

Deliverability is the key to Customer Satisfaction.  Connexicore Drones capture enormous amounts of data quickly and efficiently.  Data is packaged for the customer in a way to highlight the goal of the flight objectives.  Often-times, raw data needs to be interpreted to make it usable for the customer.  Secondly, regulations and airspace considerations for a specific location always need to be considered.  Areas around airports require special care and attention.  Regulatory authorization is always important, especially as it applies to different categories of airspace.  Connexicore includes regulatory considerations as part of their final product.

Contact or 1-800-874-9640 Ext 703 for more information.  Click here to visit the website.