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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:56 pm
by drseti
I have a SP candidate tentatively scheduled for a Practical Test with me on Friday, 8 June. Still awaiting confirmation from the FSDO that the Inspector will be available to observe me.

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:17 am
by drseti
The applicant, instructor, aircraft, FAA inspector, and weather did indeed all come together Friday, and progress was made - but we're not done yet. The applicant completed his oral exam, but we didn't fly due to discrepancies in the aircraft's Maintenance logbook. So, we did a discontinuance.

Those discrepancies (a documentation issue, not a mechanical one) have now been resolved, and we've rescheduled the flight portion for tomorrow. Unfortunately, it's raining right now, and forecast to continue through tomorrow, so we'll see...

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:21 am
by drseti
Be glad we're only flying LSAs, boys and girls. I just learned that there is only one FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for the Airship category in the whole USA! (Not surprisingly, he happens to be Goodyear's Chief Pilot, 'Doc' Dougherty.)

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:16 pm
by drseti
My first Sport Pilot candidate briefs his DPE on his cross-country flight planning, during the Oral segment of his FAA Practical Test:

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:18 pm
by drseti
Congratulations to David, my first Sport Pilot candidate, on successful completion of his Practical Test in this FlightStar II SC.

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Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:21 pm
by drseti
drseti wrote:we've rescheduled the flight portion for tomorrow. Unfortunately, it's raining right now, and forecast to continue through tomorrow, so we'll see...


Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and I was honored to present the world with it's newest Sport Pilot. (see images above)

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:23 pm
by Wm.Ince
Congratulations to both of you!
Thanks for the photos.

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:28 pm
by TimTaylor
drseti wrote:
drseti wrote:we've rescheduled the flight portion for tomorrow. Unfortunately, it's raining right now, and forecast to continue through tomorrow, so we'll see...


Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and I was honored to present the world with it's newest Sport Pilot. (see images above)


That's great...for both of you.

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:49 pm
by Warmi
That sounds like very fulfilling retirement - doing work you love without too much stress usually associated with running full time business.

I hope I can do something similar when it is time to retire ...

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:23 pm
by FastEddieB
drseti wrote:
drseti wrote:we've rescheduled the flight portion for tomorrow. Unfortunately, it's raining right now, and forecast to continue through tomorrow, so we'll see...


Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and I was honored to present the world with it's newest Sport Pilot. (see images above)


Congratulations to you both!

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:36 pm
by drseti
Thanks, Eddie. Today I got a request to do a practical test in a 7AC Champ. It will be a nostalgia flight for sure, since that's what I started in at North Perry in 1961. However, first I need to get myself taildragger-current!

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:00 pm
by FastEddieB
drseti wrote:However, first I need to get myself taildragger-current!


Don’t worry - It’s a lot like riding a bicycle. Except you can’t ground loop a bicycle!

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:10 pm
by drseti
I don't know, Eddie. If anyone could groundloop a bicycle, that would be me.

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:35 pm
by 3Dreaming
drseti wrote: However, first I need to get myself taildragger-current!


You can come out here and I'll ride with you in the Taylorcraft.

Re: Sport Pilot DPE shortage

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:03 pm
by TimTaylor
3Dreaming wrote:
drseti wrote: However, first I need to get myself taildragger-current!


You can come out here and I'll ride with you in the Taylorcraft.

You should meet somewhere in between. It wouldn't take Paul long to get up to speed and he could buy you lunch.