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As an ATP-rated retired pilot (30 years experience) and a recreational drone pilot, I'd like to get the type for UAD (drones). I am not 61.56 current. What would be the most time- and cost-efficient ways to do this?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Av.SE! Some may be put off by a question asking about "the best way," since opinion-based questions are a no-no here. I think, though, that a word-smith to "time-efficient ways" or "the most cost-efficient way" to do this makes the question sufficiently objective that it should be answerable with facts rather than opinions. And, as a guess, I suspect you aren't at all the only pilot with this sort of history & experience who'd be interested in getting such a qualification. $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 3:33
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    – Ralph J
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 3:45
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    $\begingroup$ @joeB, just for clarification, you do not believe that you would be able to complete a flight review and thus qualify as an existing Part 61 certificate holder? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 4:00

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To amplify @KennSebesta’s point, to get your Part 107 Certificate you don’t need to hold a current medical, just a pilot certificate and a current BFR. Then take the online course/test.

The other alternative is to take a written test on basic airspace rules (§107.73 Knowledge and training.) at a test center then take the online course/test. The written tests cost about $140 now and you must sign up for them through the FAA website.

Unless there is some reason you can’t get a BFR, I’d go that route because it’s more fun to talk about airplanes with a CFI than sit in a room and take a test, but it will probably cost more like $300 depending on your access to an airplane.

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