Sport Pilot DPE shortage

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby Wm.Ince » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:23 pm

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby drseti » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:59 pm

Well, folks, I arrived in OKC last night, and today completed the first day of my DPE training. 22 students and 6 instructors (pretty good ratio).
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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:06 pm

Good Luck drseti!

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby foresterpoole » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:45 pm

Glad you made it!
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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby hook_dupin » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:49 pm

Are these just Sport DPEs, or is the intro class for all DPEs?

(22 would be a huge class of Sport DPEs...)

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby drseti » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:48 pm

No, this class is all DPE candidates. As it happens, I am the only student wanting to do SP exclusively. Two more will do SP if called upon, but mainly want to do PP, CP, Instrument, and Multi. The rest flat out don't want to do SP. (No wonder the LSA movement is suffering!)

Extrapolating from this experience, it appears only about 10% of all DPEs will be willing to give SP checkrides.
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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby drseti » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:55 pm

Here I am in DPE class, giving a practice oral exam to a classmate. (Spoiler alert: he passed!)

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby Wm.Ince » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:32 pm

drseti wrote:Here I am in DPE class, giving a practice oral exam to a classmate. (Spoiler alert: he passed!)
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Where's the rubber hose? :mrgreen:
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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby drseti » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:45 pm

I just did a search of FAA records, to ascertain just how widespread the SP DPE shortage really is. For my data sample, I used the FAA Eastern region (which encompasses the coastal and near-coastal states from South Carolina to Maine). There are a total of 33 SP DPEs in the Region, spread among 19 Districts. There are 6 Districts which each have zero SP DPEs, 3 that each have 1 examiner, 2 that have 2 SP DPEs each, 4 Districts that each have 3 examiners, and 4 that have 4. In the Eastern region, the average number of SP examiners per FSDO is 1.73.

I'm pretty sure the Eastern region is typical.
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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby 3Dreaming » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:12 am

So Paul, are you now a DPE who can do checkrides, or is there still more paperwork to be completed at the local level?

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby drseti » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:35 am

Oh, there's quite a bit more to go, Tom. When I get home, I still have to take the online final exam (and pay for it). Then, I have to send my training certificates to the local FSDO, who then has to request me. Finally, an FAA inspector has to observe me giving a checkride, before I can be appointed. After that, I have to attend a FSDO meeting every year, and a renewal course every two years. This in addition to the usual FIRCs and flight reviews. (It's no wonder DPEs charge as much as they do!)
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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby drseti » Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:43 pm

I'm pleased to report that, as of today, I am now an official DPE - in celebration of which, all Sport Pilot checkrides booked on April First will be free!

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby drseti » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:32 pm

Well, folks, today I passed my Initial DPE Course final exam, and received this Certificate of Training:

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Which means I've now jumped through all the hoops I can navigate on my own. The ball's presently in my FSDO's court. I'll let you know what the next steps are, just as soon as I figure them out.
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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:17 am

Congrats Paul...

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Postby Wm.Ince » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:25 pm

That's great, Paul . . . keep us posted on the rest.
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