Inspection Checklist

Here are the items you should have on hand during any commercial drone flight:

1. Your Part 107 certificate. Be prepared to show your certificate number to any FAA official who asks.

2. Your driver’s license. The Part 107 rules state that your driver’s license can be used in lieu of a medical certificate.

3. An insurance verification form. While the FAA doesn’t require liability insurance, it’s a must-have for any commercial sUAS operation. Check out our drone insurance guide for more information.

4. Your aircraft registration number. If you haven’t yet registered your sUAS or need to pull up your number, you can access the FAA’s Drone Zone portal here.

5. A summary of the FAA’s Part 107 Rules. A copy of the summary document for you to save and print can be found in this PDF provided by the FAA.

6. A flight operations manual. See this example from aerial services company Piper Mountain Aerial for a good starting place on what your manual should include.

7. A communications sheet. This sheet should include the phone numbers and frequencies of local authorities.

8. A maintenance log. Your maintenance log should include:

  • How often/when do you change your rotor blades for each UAV you’re operating? Is this noted?
  • Have you experienced any battery abnormalities? Are those abnormalities logged?
  • A record of preflight inspection for that day. This could be a written log, or you could have a printed preflight inspection checklist on hand.

9. Knowledge of your aircraft’s weight. For example, an Inspire with a camera weighs 8.5 lbs.

10. Your LAANC authorization confirmation number. This only applies if you’re using LAANC for airspace authorization.

11. The proximity/distance and direction of nearby airports.

12. Demonstration of knowledge of TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions) in the area. This does not need to be a formal document, but, to the best of our knowledge, could simply be a mental record of where there are TFRs nearby. To find active TFRs use this webpage provided by the FAA. Alternately, you can call the FAA’s Flight Services for up-to-date TFR information at 1-800-WX-BRIEF (1–800–992–7433).