Kineticorp’s Drone Pilot Program


Congratulations to the Kineticorp staff who recently became certified pilots for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, aka drones) by passing the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test: Neal Carter and Nathan McKelvey. Additional members of our staff are preparing for the FAA test and pursuing additional flight and safety training. Kineticorp is now using drones for video documentation of accident sites and for photo-based scanning.


On August 29, 2016, the FAA’s small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS, aka drones) Rule, Part 107, took effect. Part 107 governs the commercial use of drones under 55 pounds. The rule requires commercial drone pilots to be at least 16 years of age and to obtain a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating by passing the FAA approved aeronautical knowledge test. Aspiring drone pilots who already have a pilot’s license can obtain their certification by completing a flight review and taking a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA. Drone pilots must also register the drone they fly with the FAA. Kineticorp currently has 2 certified drone pilots: Neal Carter and Nathan McKelvey.