Warmi wrote:3Dreaming wrote:Not all CFI's are created equal. While some could do an objective and fair checkride, I would venture to say they are in the minority. I personally know of CFI's who would have no business doing a checkride. In the past I knew of a current CFI who had not flown for over 10 years. The local DPE has told me that there is an instructor that sends him applicants who has never had one pass on the first try. If he cant even prepare someone for a checkride, how could he perform a test?
Preparing somebody for a check-ride is much harder than doing the actual check-ride - testing is a fairly mechanical tasks with well defined and known variables while teaching takes skills and, frankly, quite a bit of talent.
The bottom line is that the current system is broken if it takes months to even get a check-ride scheduled so something needs to be done.
I agree that preparing someone is harder than accessing their ability. My point is, if they can't determine if someone has the skills to pass the checkride, then they don't have the ability so safely access if someone has the skills to be awarded their pilot certificate.
Fortunately I have not had any big issues in scheduling checkrides. I think the longest wait was about 3 weeks. That was because the examiner was on vacation, plus having a busy schedule.