FAA Presentation – Notam 101 Back to Basics Available

The FAA has recently provided a presentation (slide deck in pdf format) to promote better understanding of the NOTAM procedures. Examiners and flight training provider are asked to help share the distribution of this presentation to enhance understanding in pilots of the NOTAM process and what services are available.

Click here to see or download the presentation.

Updated AC61.65(G) Issued by FAA

The FAA has updated the Advisory Circular 61.65(G): Certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors, effective August 25, 2017.

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for pilot applicants, pilots, flight instructors, ground instructors, and examiners on the certification standards, knowledge test procedures, and other requirements in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61.

It is recommended that instructors and examiners familiarize themselves with changes to the document and utilize it during practical test preparation and administration.

To view the document, visit:


FAA Establishes Feedback Process for DPE/Practical Test Concerns

A group of industry representatives has been working with the FAA over the past year to help improve the ability of flight training providers to secure practical flight tests for the customers they train. In some parts of the U.S., long waits and inconsistent test administration have been reported. While every situation has two sides to a story, we want to know more and the FAA is interested in feedback from applicants and flight training providers regarding any concerns about the provision of FAA practical tests throughout the United States.

To gain more direct feedback, the FAA has established an email address to send any concerns, questions and/or positive feedback about the practical testing process and those that provide the tests. The email is as follows:


Applicants and flight training providers are encouraged to use this address to directly contact the FAA at the national level to have any concerns addressed and reviewed. This is a customer centric feedback opportunity for the practical test segment of airmen testing.

While this feedback is intended for feedback about DPEs, there is nothing that limits DPEs from also providing feedback to this email address about concerns they have in the test administration process. It goes directly to national level FAA representatives, not a local FSDO. We encourage DPEs to also use this feedback outlet if they experience concerns that they feel need to be addressed above their local FSDO.

FAA SAFO Updated on Slow Flight and Stalls

SAFO 17009, Airman Certification Standards (ACS): Slow Flight and Stalls, is now published.

This SAFO cancels SAFO 16010 and advises the general aviation community of changes to the evaluation standards for the slow flight task and certain stall tasks in the Private Pilot – Airplane ACS (FAA-S-ACS-6A) and the Commercial Pilot – Airplane ACS (FAA-S-ACS-7), which will be effective June 12, 2017.

The SAFO can be viewed by downloading the attached .pdf file or by clicking on the following linkhttp://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/safo/all_safos/

DPE Course Required for Commercial ACS Implementation

The FAA has released a course for DPEs on updated Private Pilot and Instrument Pilot ACS documents along with the newly released Commercial Pilot ACS. These documents become effective June 12, 2017 and DPEs should complete the course for familiarization prior to their use in practical tests.

The course information is as follows:


The ACS Commercial Pilot – Airplane presentation is now available in Blackboard Learn. There is no cost associated with this briefing.

As a reminder: in order to create a record of completion for this briefing, you must complete a one question acknowledgement survey within the online (Blackboard) version of this briefing (certificate will be emailed upon survey completion).

To access the course, go to:


At the Designee Registration System Login page:

1) Click the Login to Enroll button

2) Login

3) Click the Enroll button

4) Click the View Your Enrollments button

5) Click the Go To Online Course button