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FSANA to host 1st Annual Designated Pilot Examiners Symposium

FSANA is hosting the first annual symposium for the flight examiner community in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday October 27, 2021, with warmup events and reception scheduled for Tuesday. The conference will bring together DPEs and those interested in becoming DPEs to share and exchange information which will lead to improvements in the examiner segment. FAA officials will be on hand to share their insights and observations on the Designee system.
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DPEs available to travel to help training providers source practical tests

FSANA has been collecting DPE names who have expressed a willingness to travel to help flight training providers secure practical tests since our last newsletter. This list is published on the FSANA website and kept up-to-date with contact information, so if you are a flight training provider who is finding a challenge of scheduling DPEs in your local area, feel free to reach out to these individuals and you may be able to have them help serve some of your local testing needs.

While this effort is being made in general, it becomes critical as many DPEs have self-selected to delay a return to providing practical tests during the effects of COVID-19 periods and in some locations. 

List of Travel-Willing DPEs (updated June 14, 2021)
If you are a DPE who is not on this list but would like to be, please let us know by emailing us at info@fsana.com with your email and phone number and we will include you.

DPEs may be asked to record and share video footage with FAA ASIs for oversight

— First appeared in FSANA Flight Training News, January 27, 2021

FSANA has been receiving information from some areas around the country that oversight activities for DPEs, 141 staff members, and some charter operations are being conducted using video cameras an examiner or applicant must provide onboard the aircraft. The video activity when completed is then shared with FAA oversight staff for performance evaluation.
The video process has raised some concerns by many about privacy, document records requirements, potential FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), and use for violations enforcement.
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Airman practical testing and DPE update

— First appeared in FSANA Flight Training News, December 8, 2020

Airman certification in the United States is something conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and it is something the agency takes very seriously. Much of the actual certification of pilots is not done directly by FAA staff, but by designees of the FAA. These are experienced individuals who meet and exceed minimum qualifications requirements, have been trained, receive regular oversight, and are trusted with upholding the standards of certification for airmen.
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FAA action affects pilot certificate holders

— First appeared in FSANA Flight Training News, July 30, 2020

An FAA notice dated July 15, 2020, has gained some attention and spread throughout the training community. “Reexamination of Airmen Tested by Michael A. Puehler” is a notice of program policies and procedures for reexamining individuals holding pilot certificates with various ratings who were tested by Puehler of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Of particular concern is that the notice highlights the procedures by which the FAA will be notifying individuals who received practical tests administered by this FAA Designee that they in prescribed instances will be required to retest for a rating or certificate for which they already had the “license in hand."
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