Pretest Briefing


1. Put the applicant at ease (small talk, etc.)

Is flying a new career path or just a hobby?.
How did you get interested in flying?
What other hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

2. Advise applicant of available comfort facilities

3. Pilot Bill of Rights (PBR). Due to the legal definition by the FAA attorneys the practical exam that a DPE conducts is considered an investigation because of the review of their application and their skills.

4. Confirm type of practical test or retest

5. Provide casual overview of the test. If you do not pass an AOO in the ground portion, you have the option to continue the ground but not the flight portion. If you do not pass an AOO in the flight, you can continue. I have the option to stop the test. You cannot record this test, either audio or video. If I find out you are recording, we stop the test

6. Collect/Verify the required documents specified during the appointment
• FAA Form 8710-11, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application
• Medical (note limitations)
• Knowledge test results (if appropriate)
• Logbook or training records (Verify that the applicant meets all requirements and appropriate endorsements)

Private Pilot Aeronautical Experience

• Aircraft documents (Verify location & scheduled availability)
Examiner: establish applicant eligibility, establish aircraft eligibility, validate applicant’s knowledge test.

7. Verify that required equipment (hood, etc.) is available

8. Verify that applicant is aware of PTS/ACS requirements and tolerances

9. Advise the applicant that:
• FAA Practical Test IAW the PTS/ACS
• Will be using a Plan of Action (Used to organize the Practical Test)
• Will be taking notes for the debrief
• Perfection is not the standard
• Oral questioning will continue throughout the test
• Three possible outcomes are:
o Temporary Airman Certificate – Good for 120 days.
o Notice of Disapproval of Application – Good for 60 days.
o Letter of Discontinuance – Good for 60 days.
10. Any Questions?

11. Collect Fee ______________

12. Announce: “THE TEST HAS BEGUN – Take a break. Get a drink, use the restroom.

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