I have been flying airplanes since before I could drive. I soloed at 16, got my Private ticket at 17, and my Commercial ticket at 18. Other endorsements and ratings (tailwheel, glider, multi-engine, seaplane instructor) came later.
Flying has been a lifelong obsession...a real sickness! Those of you who are already licensed know what I mean. Those of you just starting out will find out very quickly that flying becomes a part of your DNA!
My background includes:
Over the years, first (and still) teaching in gliders, then primary and advanced training, I've found that it is indeed true that the student teaches the instructor just as it is the other way around!
As you can imagine, the FAA is quite specific in its requirements for a check ride. They are also quite specific as to what we, as DPEs, must do prior to doing check rides.
Please download this PDF, complete it and scan/email it to me at Pat@HoustonDPE.com
Read the instructions CAREFULLY. If any information is missing, or illegible, it will only delay the process!
I will reply via email with a suggested date/time, and your cross-country, or other, assignments.
Scroll down to the next section for some helpful hints on how to prepare for your ride.
There's no way around it...check rides can be stressful. There's not much I can say to change that, but these tips should help keep it to a manageable level. They are in no particular order.
Here is a link to an article written by my good friend and follow pilot, Jolie Lucas. In it, she interviews a couple of DPEs who offer some solid insight into passing that checkride! Check it out here:
Here is another link you may find of interest...some typical questions asked of DPEs:
AOPA's David Tulis and I sat down a while back for a fun conversation, and the tape was rolling. You can listen here!
Jeremy Walters invited me to be a guest on his "Breaking The Chain" safety seminar series. It was an honor to participate. Check here to watch:
Dan Millican and Christi Wong host a wonderful program called In The Hangar. I had the pleasure of sharing one of my favorite stories when them. You can see it here:
Join me and my AOPA colleagues Keith West, Chris Moser, Pablo Maurelia, and Stephen Schroeder for the latest in our "Don't Get Rusty" webinars. This one is entitled "What Could Go Wrong" and deals with safely getting back into the cockpit after being away for a while. Here's the link: