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January 2018 DPE Quarterly Publication Available

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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 … Continue reading

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September 2017 DPE Quarterly Publication Available

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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 … Continue reading

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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., … Continue reading

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Updated AC60-28B (English Language Proficiency) Issued 6-2-17

The FAA has issued an updated AC60-28B that covers FAA English Language Standard for an FAA Certificate Issued Under 14 CFR Parts 61, 63, 65, and 107. Click Here for the PDF. … Continue reading

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FAA Learning Statement Reference Codes Updated 6-12-17

The FAA has updated the FAA Learning Statement Reference Codes as of 6-12-17. Click Here for the PDF. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Summer (June) 2017 DPE Quarterly Communication Available

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DPE Course Required for Commercial ACS Implementation

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Commercial ACS Final Documents Available – Effective June 12, 2017 (Private and Instrument ACS Updates also available)

The FAA has released the new ACS standards for the Commercial Pilot Certificate along with updates to the Instrument and Private Pilot ACS. These documents become effective on June 12, 2017. All parties involved with receiving and/or providing training and … Continue reading

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FAA Notice 8900.420 – Demonstrating Eligibility to Operate under BasicMed

The FAA has issued a notice that describes information for DPEs to be aware of regarding Demonstrating Eligibility to Operate under BasicMed. This notice provides guidance for determining whether an airman is eligible to operate under BasicMed, in lieu of … Continue reading

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DPE Training on BasicMed Available

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FAA Offers Deviation of DPE Policy to Allow Examiners More Latitude in Conduct of CFI Practical Tests

This week, the FAA implemented one of the requests the industry group made and has issued a deviation from FAA Order 8900.2 that previously limited examiners from conducting any additional (either full or partial) practical tests in the day that … Continue reading

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FAA Requests Instructors Sign Off Applicants in IACRA as Soon as Ready for Practical Tests

An FAA/Industry group has been working to decrease delays in scheduling of practical tests that are being experienced in some regions recently. As this work continues, an effort to better understand where and why some of these delays are being experienced … Continue reading

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Easily Look Up FAA Knowledge Test Codes Free at www.FAATestCodeLookup.com

Tired of trying to look up FAA Knowledge Test Codes for your student or applicant in a pdf file or on a scrolling website? So was I. So, I created a website that does it for you with help from … Continue reading

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March 2017 DPE Quarterly Newsletter

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FAA SAFO – Use of Onboard or Installed Electronic Navigation Equipment on a Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test

The FAA has released a SAFO on the Use of Onboard or Installed Electronic Navigation Equipment on a Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test that serves to notify private pilot applicants, instructors, Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 … Continue reading

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Finding the Correct Aircraft Code for IACRA Applications – A Search Link

Ever have a hard time determining the correct aircraft model, make, or code to enter into IACRA for an applicant’s practical test? I know I have! Some aircraft are much harder to find than others, so here is a little … Continue reading

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Generic LSA Aircraft Codes for IACRA When Aircraft Not Found

In a recent practical test, I ran into the IACRA challenge that the aircraft to be used for the test, in this case, a Flight Design CT, was not available in the list of aircraft for the applicant in IACRA. … Continue reading

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FAA Learning Statement Reference Guide 9-19-2016

The most recent FAA Learning Statement Reference Guide was updated, you can access it here: FAA Learning Statement Reference Guide  9-19-2016 … Continue reading

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FAA Clarifies Interpretation of ACS material to allow use of non-installed equipment for navigation demonstrations on private pilot practical test

Designated Pilot Examiners have experienced discussion debating what was intended in the private pilot airman certification standards (ACS) for use when demonstrating use of an installed electronic navigation system and demonstrating use of installed navigation equipment function and displays under … Continue reading

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FAA DPE Quarterly Communication Fall 2016 Available

The FAA has recently sent out its Fall 2016 FAA DPE Quarterly communication. In the event that you did not get this in an email, you can get it here: Click Here for the Fall 2016 DPE Quarterly … Continue reading

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FAA SAFO on Slow Flight Related to Changes in Private Pilot ACS

The FAA has released a Safety Alert for Operators on the conduct of Slow Flight. This is directly related to changes in the Private Pilot ACS changes on the subject. To see the document, click here. … Continue reading

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FAA Order 8900 Updated to 2.B version

Examiners should note that the current FAA 8900.2B document was updated on August 30th and should now be considered the guiding document as the General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook. The version can be found at: http://fsims.faa.gov/PICDetail.aspx?docId=8900.2B … Continue reading

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FAA DPE Training on UAS Processing for Examiners available

This email is intended to notify Designated Pilot Examiners that the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) DPE Briefing is now available through the Designee Registration system. This training is available for all designees at no charge and is required for … Continue reading

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Rotorcraft ATP/CFI PTS Documents Updated

Rotorcraft PTS Standards for ATP and Flight Instructor were recently updated, below you will find the links to get the current documents. Airline Transport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Helicopter (FAA-S-8081-20 with Changes 1, 2, 3, and 4) (PDF) Flight … Continue reading

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CFI PTS Updated 6-17-2016

The FAA has published an updated PTS for Flight Instructor Certification on June 16, 2016. The recent changes were to update document language to refer to Airman Certification Standards for applicable ratings and certificates a CFI would train applicants. Click … Continue reading

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ACS Focus Team Slow Flight and Other FAQs

ACS Focus Team Slow Flight and Other FAQs The ACS Focus Team has been asked many questions about the topic of slow flight. We have assembled a list of the questions with background and guidance on the issues for ASIs … Continue reading

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ACS Tips for Evaluators Published by FAA

The FAA has published an “ACS Tips for Evaluators [DPEs]” that can help examiners as they develop their ACS based POAs for upcoming checkrides. The ACS Tips for Evaluators document can be found at: http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/media/acs_tips.pdf or Click Here for a … Continue reading

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**UPDATED ACS Documents Published – Change 1 Effective June 15, 2016

The FAA has just published updated Private and Instrument ACS documents. Changes to the documents are minimal, but to ensure you are using the most current versions, please update your records. They can be found at http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/ Or Click Here … Continue reading

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Final Private Pilot and Instrument ACS Documents Available

The FAA has posted the official Private Pilot and Instrument Pilot ACS documents that are to be used effective June 15, 2016. These can be round at: http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/ You can also get the PDFs of the documents, here: ACS Private … Continue reading

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DPE Required ACS Training by June 16 2016

Designated Pilot Examiners that the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) DPE Briefing is now available through the Designee Registration system. This training is available for all designees at no charge and is required for those designees who conduct Private Pilot – … Continue reading

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Updated 8710 Form

The FAA has recently update the 8710-1 form. In the event you are using a paper form (in lieu of an IACRA processing), please use the updated form. Click Here for the Updated 8710-1 Form. … Continue reading

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Step by Step Process for Issuance of Student Pilot Certificates Using Updated FAA Student Pilot Certificate Procedures

Changes to the issuance of the FAA student pilot certificate now allow CFIs to issue student pilot certificates. Click here for a pdf that is a step by step walk through of the process for the student and the CFI. … Continue reading

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Changes to CFI Rotorcraft PTS published on March 22, 2016; includes new policy on autorotations.

From AFS-810: The FAA has published Change 1 to the Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards (PTS) for Rotorcraft (Helicopter and Gyroplane) on March 22, 2016.  The change is specific to the helicopter class rating and focuses on a change in … Continue reading

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Flight Instructor Rotorcraft/Gyroplane PTS Updated 3-22-16

The PTS for flight instructor rotorcraft/gyroplane was recently updated on 3-22-2016. Click here for the most recent version. … Continue reading

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Updated Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructor Certification AC and Student Pilot Certificate Changes Presentation

The FAA has just released a new advisory circular on Certification of Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors to revise factors related to the recent changes in Student Pilot Certificates and how they are issued. Click here to see the … Continue reading

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FAA Presentation to Update Information on Airman Certification Standards

Click here for a recent update presentation from the FAA on changes coming as we transition to using Airman Certification Standards. This is a good presentation for examiners to review as we work to make the transition. … Continue reading

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FAA Order 8900.2A Change 2 Update Released

The FAA recently updated the FAA Order 8900.2A to include Change 2. There are a few changes that may affect examiners acting as ACRs or in DPE related activities. Examiners are encouraged to review the current document and make sure … Continue reading

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Updated FAA 8900.1 Order Guidance on DPE Inspection and SEED Inspections

The FAA has recently updated the guidance that it uses when conducting oversight of DPEs. Specifically updated were 8900.1,Vol.13,Ch5,Sec5 – Conduct a Special Emphasis Evaluation of a Designee and 8900.1,Vol.13,Ch6,Sec1 Inspect a Designated Pilot Examiner We strongly encourage examiners to … Continue reading

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New FAA Airman Certification Standards Page and Drafts for Instrument and Private Pilot Available

The FAA has recently created a dedicated webpage for the new FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) that will become effective in the near future for training and testing pilots. This page can be viewed at http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/ Included in the recent … Continue reading

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New FAA Learning Statement Reference Code Guide Effective 10-12-2015

The FAA has released an updated FAA Learning Statement Reference Code effective October 12, 2105. Check it out here to use for reviewing applicant’s knowledge test failure items. … Continue reading

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FAA Order 8900.2A Change 1 Released

The FAA has released a revision of FAA Order 8900.2A with Change 1 that is not applicable. Examiners are advised to review this order with relation to their examiner authorizations, activities, privileges, and activities. Click here to view FAA Order … Continue reading

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FAR 61.23 conflict with Order 8900.2A

The following correspondence was sent to examiners, if you happened to miss the email, please note: “Please be advised that a conflict with FAR 61.23 and Order 8900.2A was recently discovered concerning the requirement of a CFI holding a medical … Continue reading

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New FAA Learning Statement Reference Code Guide 7-17-15

The FAA has updated the Learning Statement Reference Code Guide as of 7-17-15. Please update what you are using when you review applicant’s knowledge test deficiencies. Click here for the new document. … Continue reading

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2015 DPE Recurrent (in person) Training Slides

For your reference, you will find below the 2015 DPE Training Slides from the in person training. Click Here for the file. … Continue reading

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2015 DPE Recurrent Training (online) Files

For anyone’s study, here are the 2015 DPE Recurrent Training Files from the online training for download (click to download or view): Lesson 1 – Part 61_07 02 2013 Lesson 2 – PTS_On-line_07 03 2013 Lesson 3 – 8900.2, Designee … Continue reading

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More than 20 Practical Tests Per Year Qualifies a DPE for Gold Seal Flight Instructor Status

Many DPEs have already received Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificates at some point in their career, but if they have not, it is possible to have this issued based on examiner activity. If an examiner has conducted more than 20 … Continue reading

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FAA Order Information On DPE Currency Requirements Issued

Background: Previous FAA Orders (FAA Order 8710.3) stated that DPEs are required to maintain a full-time flying position, outside of testing. It was always the intent to delegate our pilot certifications to highly qualified and respected aviation professionals, actively engaged … Continue reading

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New FAA 8900.2 Order Available

The FAA has published a new 8900.2A order that includes guidance for examiners. The document can be viewed at: http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgOrders.nsf/0/dd0ea7d9d5c40caa86257e3c0065887a/$FILE/8900.2A.pdf … Continue reading

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CFI PTS Updated to FAA-S-8081-64 with Change 4

The CFI Practical Test Standards were updated being posted on January 15, 2015. It is available at https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/ or in the documents section of this website. … Continue reading

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Airman Certification Standards (future replacement for PTS) information issued by FAA

In the upcoming future the FAA plans to replace Practical Test Standards (PTS) with a new Airman Certification Standards (ACS). This will be important for examiner to be familiar with in order to properly administer practical tests. Want to get … Continue reading

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FAA 8710 Form Updated 12-31-2014

The pdf (paper) version of the FAA 8710 application form was updated on 12-31-2014. Make sure if you are signing students off or processing paper form applications that the current form is being used. The new form can be found … Continue reading

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FAA Memo – Deviation to FAA Order 8900.2 Recent Pilot-In-Command Experience

A recent interpretation of FAA Order 8900.2 has indicated that examiners must meet the “initial” DPE authorization requirements each year (300 hours in each class of aircraft). An upcoming revision of the 8900.2 to a version 8900.2a proposes reduction of … Continue reading

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FAA order 8900.2A (General Aviation Designee Handbook) open for public comment to proposed changes

The FAA has opened for public comment changes being made to the FAA Order 8900.2A (the General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook). I strongly encourage DPEs to review the proposed changes and bring up any concerns. Comments are due by 10/31/2014. … Continue reading

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ATP PTS Effective Aug 1 2014 Released by FAA

The FAA released (on July 2) the ATP PTS that will be effective on August 1, 2014 for when new regulations for requirements for ATP certificates become effective. Click here to download the document. … Continue reading

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Updates to CFI Instrument and Sport Pilot PTS April/May 2014

Updates to the CFI Instrument and Sport Pilot PTS documents have been made. The Sport Pilot PTS documents were updated on 5/2/14. The CFI Instrument PTS was updated on 4/18/14. Click Here for the FAA PTS Page Each document has … Continue reading

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FAA Page Detailing Updated ATP Requirements

August 1, 2014 new ATP requirements will take effect. These changes are the result of Congressional action, FAA regulations updates, and industry collaboration to meet training standards in response to accidents and safety concerns identified over the past decade. Whether … Continue reading

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Updated FAA Learning Statement Reference Code Document…2-10-14

Be sure to use the most recent FAA Learning Statement Reference Code Guide. It was recently updated on Feb. 10, 2014. Click Here to get the document. … Continue reading

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Private Pilot PTS Updated…

A new version of the Private Pilot PTS has been issued. Visit http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/ for the most current version or visit the documents section of this website to also gain access to its download. … Continue reading

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Legal Interpretation on use of Multi-Engine Aircraft for Complex testing purposes…

Commercial Practical Tests can only use aircraft for which the certificate/rating is sought.  Using a Multi-engine as a complex for testing purposes is no longer acceptable. For more information, Click Here to view the Legal Interpretation. … Continue reading

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FAA Knowldege Test Supplements Updated

New FAA Knowledge Test Supplements become active Feb 10, 2014. Click Here to see the list: http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_questions/media/akts_listing.pdf … Continue reading

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CFI Scheduling Website for Grand Rapids FSDO

The Grand Rapids FSDO has implemented a new website to help expedite the scheduling process for CFI checkrides. Visit http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/grr/local_more/CFI/CFI_exam/ for scheduling. Applicants an instructors are recommended to use this website when scheduling instead of calling the office directly. Once … Continue reading

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Acknowledgement of Practical Test Standards Compliance during FAA Practical Test – iPad Form

Most examiners are aware that in an effort to obtain feedback from applicants about DPE practical test procedures, compliance with required regulations and guidance, and overall examiner quality, FSDO staff have been tasked with surveying a limited number of applicants … Continue reading

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New FAA Testing Supplement for Sport/Rec/Private

The FAA recently released an updated FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement (for use in conjunction with FAA Knowledge Tests) that covers the material for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot questions. Click Here for the updated document. … Continue reading

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Airman Testing Web Page Updated

The Airman Testing Standards Branch of the FAA’s Regulatory Support Division launched a new web page that streamlines the process of getting information regarding airman testing. Some of the site’s features include: A “What’s New and Upcoming in Airman Testing” … Continue reading

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Internet Explorer 11 Workaround for IACRA

We previously posted that IACRA was not compatible with Internet Explorer version 11 (IE11), which remains true, but there is a workaround that allows it to work. … Continue reading

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IACRA Not Compatable with Internet Explorer 11

With a recent update, Microsoft upgraded to Internet Explorer version 11. The most recent version that is officially supported by IACRA at this time is Internet Explorer version 9 (Although it does appear that IEv10 does work). At this time … Continue reading

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ATP PTS Updated 10-22-13

The ATP Practical Tests Standards saw minor changes in an update that published 10-22-13. Click here for the updated version. … Continue reading

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AOPA: FAA demands retest of pilots after discovering improper examinations

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What the Government Shutdown Means for FAA Knowledge/Practical Tests

We all are hoping that the government shutdown will be over soon, but in the mean time, a few things that are important for instructors and examiners to know: FAA Knowlege Tests Halted – FAA knowledge test providers have been … Continue reading

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IACRA Down this weekend for maintenance

The FAA IACRA page notes that there will be an: “IACRA OutageThe FAA data center hosting IACRA will undergo an infrastructure upgrade starting at 6 PM Central Time September 13th, lasting through September 15th. IACRA will be unavailable during that … Continue reading

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Updates on ATP, Commercial, Private and Instrument PTS…

Updated documents are available on the ATP, Commercial, Private, and Instrument PTS. Click the following for the documents: Updated ATP PTS (with Change 5) Updated Commercial PTS Errata Sheet (July 10, 2013) Updated Private PTS (with Change 4) Updated Instrument … Continue reading

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FAA Learning Statement Reference Guide Updated 6-17-13

Click here for the most recent update of the FAA Learning Statement Reference Guide. This was last update on June 17, 2013. … Continue reading

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Updated 8710-1 form

Just released today…a new 8710-1 form.  I know most of us use IACRA, but in case you have to use paper, here is the new form. http://www.faa.gov/documentlibrary/media/form/faa8710-1.pdf … Continue reading

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2013 DPE Recurrent Training Study Files

For anyone’s study, here are the 2013 DPE Recurrent Training Files for dowload (click to download or view): Lesson 1 Recurrent DPE Lesson 2 Recurrent DPE Lesson 3 Recurrent DPE Lesson 4 Recurrent DPE Lesson 5 Recurrent DPE Lesson 6 … Continue reading

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Some DPEs advised must meet initial requirements EVERY year or…

It has been brought to the attention of this group that some FSDOs have been notified by their region that examiners must meet the INITIAL DPE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS every year or a waiver will be required for them to keep … Continue reading

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FAA Learning Statement Reference Codes Update Feb 11 2013

Note that the FAA Learning Statement Reference Code document was updated on February 11, 2013. Click Here for the document. … Continue reading

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PTS Updates – Gyroplane/CFI

Recent PTS Changes: 5/6/13 Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Rotorcraft (Helicopter, Gyroplane) (FAA-S-8081-15A with Change 1) 5/3/13 Flight Instructor Instrument Practical Test Standards for Airplane and Helicopter (FAA-S-8081-9D with change 1) … Continue reading

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Scammers target flight schools, CFIs

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GRR DPE Practical Test Cost Survey

The following represents a survey of average costs for practical tests administered by FAA Designated Pilot Examiners in the Grand Rapids, Michigan FSDO beginning June 1, 2013. Private Pilot – Airplane SEL                 … Continue reading

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PTS With Recent Modification

Where to Find Updates – https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/#Pilots (as of 4/29/13) … Continue reading

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SEED Program Oversight for DPEs

On February 12, 2013 the FAASTeam released a Notice about the SEED program for DPE feedback.  The notice is below and can also be found at: http://www.faasafety.gov/spans/noticeView.aspx?nid=4552. Examiners should know that this program is a part of an FAA effort … Continue reading

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