TINY Sport Pilot Examiners

Paul Hamilton is one of the first persons to become a DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) for sport pilots. As a full-time author and sport pilot expert, he writes books and produces DVD's for Aviation Supplies and Academics (ASA). Now Paul has graciously agreed to answer your questions here. Thanks Paul! For more information about Paul, please visit www.Paul-Hamilton.com and www.Sport-Pilot-Training.com.

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TINY Sport Pilot Examiners

Postby Windknot » Fri May 04, 2012 4:08 pm

I need to find a DPE that does sport pilot, tailwheel and weighs less than 140 pounds.

Anybody know of a little tiny tailwheel DPE?
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Postby designrs » Fri May 04, 2012 5:05 pm

Damm!! I always tried to encourage my wife to get into aviation for this exact reason as she is only 90 pounds! Unfortunately she did not have the stomach for it.

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Postby 3Dreaming » Fri May 04, 2012 5:29 pm

Call your local FSDO. They should know al the DPE's in the area.

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Postby Windknot » Fri May 04, 2012 5:36 pm

3Dreaming wrote:Call your local FSDO. They should know al the DPE's in the area.


Ive contacted both FSDOs in the State of Michigan - contacted EVERY DPE sport pilot in the state - they either dont do tailwheel (most) and ALL are over 170+

I either have to train in the plane that I'll be flying after getting my ticket a Taylorcraft @$53/hour DUAL DRY) and then TRANSITION in a CTSW or Jabiru J250 at $160-180/hour DUAL WET

OR....I can DPE SHOP and find someone who does DPE Sport Pilot, Tailwheel AND is tiny small - pay their expenses for car (if close) or find a cheap airfare round trip.
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Postby drseti » Fri May 04, 2012 6:06 pm

Maybe you could just lose 30 pounds, and go with a 170 pound DPE...
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Postby Windknot » Fri May 04, 2012 6:21 pm

I could cut off a foot, but then the prosthetic would probably just weigh as much as the foot.
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Postby drseti » Fri May 04, 2012 6:27 pm

If you flew an Ercoupe, you wouldn't need the prosthetic.
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Postby designrs » Fri May 04, 2012 6:28 pm

Maybe contact a big tailwheel manufacturer like CubCrafters for a DPE examiner referral. Perhaps they have known of others in similar situations as yourself.
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Postby Windknot » Fri May 04, 2012 6:30 pm

But I'd still need the tiny examiner - My shoulders would take up most of cabin. (I was the guy that whenever we did a search warrant, I kicked, shouldered or rammed the door) I'm short and WIDE and at 45, I'm still built like a brick shithouse.......

Been hoping for a nice curable cancer to decimate my body for 6 or 8 months....everyone is always telling me to lose weight, but unless something rakes my muscles to atrophy, that aint happening.
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Postby Windknot » Fri May 04, 2012 6:47 pm

designrs wrote:Maybe contact a big tailwheel manufacturer like CubCrafters for a DPE examiner referral. Perhaps they have known of others in similar situations as yourself.


That's a good idea - hell....I've called everyone else!!! (and maybe I can scam a "discovery ride" in a carbon cub <shudder>) Great....now I'm going to be dreaming about Carbon Cubs tonight!!!!

YEEEHHAA!!!
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Postby 3Dreaming » Fri May 04, 2012 7:36 pm

You might try to contact Steve Krog with the Cub Club. He might have an idea. He does tailwheel and sport pilot training in J-3 Cubs. Some of them are are short on useful load too. You might also try to find someone with a Taylorcraft that has had a gross weight increase and a bigger engine.
I'll also ask over on the Taylorcraft forum for you.

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Postby comperini » Fri May 04, 2012 9:39 pm

3Dreaming wrote:Call your local FSDO. They should know al the DPE's in the area.


They should, but they don't. Its been my experience that local FSDOs generally don't know about the DPEs that were assigned directly by AFS-610. FSDOs tend to only know about the examiners they created.

Here's the AFS-610 list: http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/sport_pilot/media/airplane_examiner.pdf
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Re: TINY Sport Pilot Examiners

Postby FrankR » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:10 am

Windknot,

Did you ever find your DPE?

I think Zenda Lies in NC is 140.

v/r,
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Re: TINY Sport Pilot Examiners

Postby Windknot » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:48 am

FrankR wrote:Windknot,

Did you ever find your DPE?

I think Zenda Lies in NC is 140.

v/r,


Frank - I think I just did. :)

Thanks for the tip - Zenda Liess

For anyone looking for a lil' DPE, here's here info:

http://flyhighlexington.com/services/fa ... -examiner/
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Re: TINY Sport Pilot Examiners

Postby Jim Stewart » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:51 am

A pretty funny topic. All of my instructors were slender, but the DPE was, shall we say, husky. He gave me his weight and it was clear that I'd have to A) leave a little fuel on the ground and B) get checked out by my equally husky CFII neighbor at the field as I had never flown the airplane at gross weight before.
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