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How to prepare the exam for the ENAC online license

by Fabio Affortunato
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ENAC online license test

The achievement of the online license for gifts, or the certificate for drone pilots “Non-Critical Operations“, consists of a series of 40 multiple choice questions. To pass it, it is necessary to answer exactly at least 30 questions and reach 75% of the score.

The test, to be completed in one hour of time, is however not trivial, because it implies the reasoned knowledge of a series of subjects and information concerning:

  • aviation safety,
  • airspace restrictions and rules,
  • aeronautical rules,
  • operating procedures,
  • security,
  • privacy,
  • HW knowledge of the UAS,
  • knowledge of terminology,
  • the mandatory nature of the insurance,
  • limits of human performance.

How to prepare for the ENAC online test

For the preparation for the test, as already mentioned, it is necessary to study a set of 3 handouts on ENAC reference documentation, available for download free of charge, namely:

  • Syllabus: which contains all aspects related to operations, security, air rules, privacy, etc.,
  • Regulation “Mezzi aerei a pilotaggio remoto” Ed. 3″ (The Bible)
  • Circolare ATM-09 – Remote Piloted Aircraft Airspace Use Criteria.

Due to the contents of the legal policy of the ENAC website, it is not possible to link the above documents, which must be searched on the ENAC website by the reader. The list of documents however, nevertheless facilitates the reader in their search.

In order to maximize the results for the theoretical preparation for the exam for the online drone license, we recommend following the flow chart showed below:

Flowchart Studio Patentino Droni

Flowchart Studio Patentino Droni – 4mydrone

For those who do not want to read Syllabus but listen to the contents, eleven videos made by ENAC are available on the YouTube channel in which the topics covered in Syllabus are explained.

Here the link for the first video the others are consequential.

Perfect preparation for the drone license

As we did when we went to school, the secret is both in studying but also in reviewing, in order to dispel any doubts or uncertainties. In this regard, on the net there are some good videos, but not many, with which to make a quick and profitable review.

Among the few valid online videos I would recommend those of Andrea Pinotti, a person with considerable preparation and with the gift of knowing how to offer things clearly and precisely (availabe only in italian).

Here are the links to the three free video lessons on YouTube:

Terminology and Acronyms

In the test, several questions may occur that refer to terms and acronyms used for drones. Although these questions are apparently easy, in reality they are very insidious and it is good to prepare properly.

In this regard, the advice is to read the articles of the 4my drone Blog on the topic:

Drone license test – Answer similar questions

Practice make perfect” say the British and in this regard there is nothing better than trying to answer similar tests regarding drones and without spending money.

The QuizVds website site (link quizvds.it) offers a series of questions which have the advantage of:

  • be specific about drones,
  • concern the subjects covered by the online license,
  • contain the answers for verification.

Below is a screnshoot of the subjects and the number of quizzes per subject extracted from the QuizVds website:

Screnshoot Quiz Droni Sito Quizvds.it

Screnshoot Quiz Droni taken from QuizVds.it website

Here is an example of a multiple choice question:

Domanda Quiz Droni

Question Quiz Drones – Taken from QuizVds.it website

and finally an example of exact answer verification:

Risposta Quiz Droni Screnshoot

Answer – screnshoot taken from QuizVds.it website

The quizzes are not the same as the exam but very close, they range through all the subjects provided and allow you to check your preparation.

In fact, it is important to remember that it is not possible to disclose the questions in any way, and therefore be wary of those who, for a fee, promise you miraculous tests with the answers covered by the ENAC drone online license.

Online drone license – Preparation and strategy

We said that there are 30 questions that must be answered exactly to pass the test and reach the desired 75%.

The time to test is 1 hour, more than enough to review the answers and questions a second time if necessary.

Be careful though! If 2 points are awarded for each correct answer, 1 point is subtracted for each wrong answer, while for each unanswered question no points are taken away.

So if you have answered for example 32 questions, and on these you have made two wrong, the score will be: 60-2 = 58 or 58/40 equal to 72.5% and no license !!!

In fact, you must not only answer but you must also be a little strategist, as in this case the saying “Melius est abundare quam deficit” does not apply because “abundare” could come back to haunt you.

It is better to answer 30 questions carefully and correctly than to risk!

Also remember that in the event of failure, the same questions will not be asked on the next test, as they are handled dynamically and randomly.

Questions and Answers – Attention

At least until the last session of 25 June 2020, several quizzes proposed by ENAC for the achievement of the “Non-Critical Operations” pilot certificate, were:

  • with grammatical errors,
  • in a number of cases the three answers are wrong,
  • several questions are misleadingly asked.

We are not sure whether changes will take place from 6th July 2020.

The only sure thing is that you will have to pay 31.00 euros in advance for the certificate and you will only have 4 attempts instead of the 6 planned during the “promo” of the period March 5th – June 25th.

Good luck!

Note relating to the images: The highlighted image in the article is taken from the APR operator certificate for non-critical operations issued by ENAC and the screnshoots from the QuizVds website. The logos in the images belong to their legitimate owners. The use of the images is exclusively for the purpose of a better understanding of the contents of the article. The flow chart image was created by 4mydrone.

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Last Updated on/Ultimo aggiornamento – 13/07/2020

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Franca Vinci 3 December 2020 - 18:17

Good evening, would you please advise if the exam can be taken in English? thank you and regards

Fabio Affortunato 3 December 2020 - 18:31

unfortunately, from the ENAC website, the exam is carried out exclusively in Italian. Otherwise you can take the exam from another country that is part of the European community (for example where you live). The license will also be valid in Italy.

Due to the current proccess in Italy the Non Critical Operation license has to be taken before of the Critical Oepration license that probably could be in English. So the issue is still present, also because the N.C.O. license is only online.


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