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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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FAQ: FAQ

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A PRACTICAL TEST?

All tests are requested via the "Book Checkride" tab above.  If you have any questions, please email:

NorthFloridaDPE@gmail.com

* I conduct practical tests in the Jacksonville area, this includes Herlong (KHEG), Craig (KCRG), Fernandina Beach (KFHB), St Augustine (KSGJ), Palatka (28J) and Keystone Heights (42J).

HOW MUCH IS A PRACTICAL TEST?

Practical test cost will be emailed to each Applicant upon confirmation of test date.  Cost is typically $800-$1600 depending on type of test and location.

Admin issuance (validation for foreign based, Milcomp, Ground Instructor, etc):  typically $150-$200 depending on type of admin activity.

Note:  Cash is the only acceptable form of payment.  Venmo is acceptable on case-by-case basis, a 4% fee will be added.

HOW MUCH IS A RETEST IF I AM DISAPPROVED FOR A TEST?

Retest from a prior Disapproval from me: 
Oral retest and flight is full cost of original practical test.

Flight retest only is normally half the cost of original practical test.

Retest from another Examiner will be provided upon test date confirmation, cost depends on number of ACS tasks remaining.  Typically $600-$900.

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If our practical test is discontinued because of extreme weather, maintenance or any other reasonable case beyond your control, there is no charge to reschedule and fly.  The checkride fee that is initially charged is non-refundable once the test starts.  This fee is not only for the practical test, but covers the administrative time required to coordinate the practical test, our time to develop the Plan of Action for the Applicant, our time to obtain pre-approval from the FAA to conduct the test, and our time to complete all required paperwork due to the FAA after our meeting(s).  

Discontinuances for reasons within your control (sleep, not feeling prepared, work schedule, not checking NOTAMs for closures, etc) are normally charged $200/hr for whatever tasks remain.  This fee also applies to "personal weather minimum" Discontinuances where there is no doubt that the ACS tasks can be completed, the weather is VFR and well within the aircrafts capabilities, but the Applicant does not want to fly.  Although Examiners can appreciate that you would like the perfect day to fly, you are being evaluated to fly in normal every-day conditions within the capability of the aircraft as long as our event can be executed safely.

WHAT ARE YOUR RULES FOR THE PRACTICAL TEST?

WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON A DISCONTUANCE?

  • I will conduct the FAA Practical Test following the applicable PTS/ACS.

  • I will be utilizing a Plan of Action as a guideline to ensure a complete test.

  • Perfection is not the standard. Proficiency, Safety & Good Judgment!

  • Digital charts are allowed to be used.  During the "Navigation" and "Diversion" task on Private and Commercial checkrides, the GPS must be turned off to disable location services.  They may be turned back on after the "Navigation" and "Diversion" tasks.

  • Paper navigation logs are preferred.  Digital navigation logs are allowed, but be prepared to discuss how the navigation log numbers were derived.

  • Please answer questions as if you hold the certificate and/or rating sought.

  • Communication is important; I want to avoid any misunderstanding!

SCHEDULING

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

There is no fee for cancelling a test more than 2 business days prior to test day.  There is an $450 non-refundable fee ($800 for Initial CFI's) for cancellations within 2 business days prior to your test (for situations within Applicant control/responsibility).  Cancellation examples include disqualification for test due to CFI, Flight School or Applicant errors.   Specific examples that have occurred very recently:

-  Not having original pilot cert, medical and government issued photo ID on test day.

-  Applicant not verifying ahead of time that the current aircraft inspection status can be located in the aircraft logbooks.  AD compliance is also required.  Blanket "All AD's complied with" is not an acceptable way to verify AD compliance, see the Easter-Precision interpretation.

-  Applicant not meeting minimum experience requirements for the rating sought.   PLEASE ensure you meet the minimum experience requirements prior to test day!  I offer a free pre-screening service to ensure eligibility.  Simply email me pics of your endorsements and logbooks ground/flight entries.

-Endorsements:  I can not conduct tests for Applicants that did not have proper solo endorsements prior to flying their solos.  An example would be flying a cross-country solo without the proper endorsement given on solo day.  Another example would be soloing outside of your 90-day solo window.  Any solo's conducted without having had a valid 90-day solo can not be accepted.

-  Instrument time for Private Pilots:  The 3 hours required towards the PPL rating must be done in an airplane.  Approved simulators may be used towards your total hour requirements, but can not be used to meet the 3 hours of instrument time requirement.

-  250 nm Instrument CCX for the Instrument Rating:  you must land at the airport that you are flying too.  If you conduct a missed approach then return to your home-field on an "out-and-in", this CCX will not count due to not landing.  

-  Applicants or CFI's cancelling the test due to failure to maintain proficiency and/or currency while waiting for the test after Applicant has been endorsed.

-  Applicants that are complete with training and have been signed off in IACRA have scheduling priority.

-  All other Applicants may request specific dates for their checkride, but those dates will not be on my online calendar and will not be confirmed until IACRA has been endorsed.  

-  Applicants that have not been confirmed will be bumped if another Applicant that is already endorsed in IACRA is ready for their checkride and are requesting your date.

-  I reserve the right to cancel and/or reschedule a practical test for any reason.  

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY PERMANENT PILOT CERTIFICATE?

- Remember that your temporary certificate is good for 120 days, that is approximately 4 months.

-  If you would like to see what "processing day" the FAA is working on, you can visit IACRA.FAA.GOV and FAA.gov and go to the "Current Registry Processing Dates" tab on the far left.  Your "processing date" is the date your temporary certificate was issued.  If they haven't reached your "processing date" yet, then they haven't issued your permanent certificate yet.

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