Commercial Pilot Practical Test

Commercial Pilot Practical Test


Commercial Pilot Practical Test / Plan Of Action Revised August 22 2023

Step by step

Incorporate test codes into my Commercial Pilot Plan Of Action

Print Flight-Profile to take on flight

The day of the test:

Verify that the applicant has the required hours and experience. Click here for Part 61 requirements

The 10 hours of complex time required for the commercial pilot SEL can be obtained in a multi engine plane. Click here for more info

*****NOTE***** An applicant for the Commercial Pilot Practical Test must have the instrument time logged per 61.129 i. Just having the instrument rating, does not necessarily mean that the applicant has the required instrument time. This instrument training must have been given by a CFII, per March 2021 DPE class and FAA policy.

The FAA longer requires applicants for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine rating to provide a complex or turbine-powered airplane for the associated practical test. Click here for more info

Verify approval for test in DMS

Pretest Briefing

Verify proper endorsements for checkride:
A 1. I certify that [First name, MI, Last name] has received and logged training time within 2 calendar-months preceding the month of application in preparation for the practical test and [he or she] is prepared for the required practical test for the issuance of [applicable] certificate.
A 2. I certify that [First name, MI, Last name] has demonstrated satisfactory knowledge of the subject areas in which [he or she] was deficient on the [applicable] airman knowledge test.
A 34. I certify that [First name, MI, Last name] has received the required training of § 61.125. I have determined that [he or she] is prepared for the [name of] knowledge test.
A 35. I certify that [First name, MI, Last name] has received the required training of §§ 61.127 and 61.129. I have determined that [he or she] is prepared for the [name of] practical test.

Open the proper ACS

Open my Questions & Answers page

Preflight briefing

The Flight Test Briefing

Post Flight Briefing

After printing the temporary certificate, Notice of Disapproval, or the Letter of Discontinuance, I will print a copy of this form and have the applicant sign it


Open FAA checklist for the DPE

When reviewing the student's log book, be sure to confirm that he/she was properly endorsed for all solo time. Click here to review the endorsements

Upon initial contact with the applicant, I will complete the necessary portions of this form and email it to the applicant to have him/her complete it and return it to me. Once I receive this form, I will make the appointment

The applicant will also be directed to download and review this Practical Test Checklist from the ACS

On the day of the practical test, the DPE will print this checklist and 2 copies of the endorsement page

Here is my page for the ACS documents

Here is my question and answer page

When the applicant is with you for the practical test and they are reviewing the online 8710, you the examiner should take control and be sure that the applicant accepts each page and does not just close each page. This is very important. Take control of this and guide the applicant through this process.

Print the Knowledge Test from IACRA and compare the numbers with the original.

After reviewing the 8710 in IACRA, you have a chance to return the 8710 to the applicant to correct any issues.

Have the applicant sign a printed 8710 in front of you. This is for your file.

In IACRA, explain in detail in the remarks/comments section any special issues. Also in this section you can explain exactly why an applicant failed so that the next examiner has the details.

You can start each checkride with the PAVE and I'M SAFE checklist.

At the completion of the checkride, the DPE will keep the original test results. You return the original only if you discontinue the test or the applicant fails the test.

*******Notes >>>>> Per the March 2019 Initial DPE training class an applicant can do one or two go arounds when attempting a landing. It is up to the examiner as to how many go arounds are allowed. >>>>> An applicant can also stop a maneuver and restart it if the applicant feels the maneuver got of to a bad start. For example, on a steep turn if the applicant is climbing or descending too much during the entry, the applicant can stop the maneuver and restart the maneuver.

Lazy Eight - On a lazy eight ask the applicant to state their heading, altitude, and airspeed at the beginning of the maneuver and then ask them to state their heading, altitude, and airspeed at the end of the maneuver. If they are not within the ACS tolerances, the applicant has just told you that the maneuver was not completed per the ACS and therefore the Area Of Operation or Task was unsuccessful.

*****Note >>>>> The FAA does not recommend that you do a touch and go on a Practical Test.

*****Note >>>>> Power Off 180 - Per a March 2019 DPE training class, a go around on this maneuver is not allowed. If the applicant see that he/she will not make the spot, the Area Of Operation is unsatisfactory.

For Wings credit use:

ASEL-Commercial Maneuvers and Navigation (Pvt, Comml, ATP) - Activity Number:A100126-79

And use

ASEL-Takeoffs, Landings, Go-arounds (ATP, Comm'l, Pvt) Advanced Level - Activity Number:A070405-89

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Have the applicant bring a paper copy of the 8710 form signed by his/her instructor. For a practical test inside the 24 hour notification window, it is ok to do the test - the FAA will approve it when they have time. As the DPE you will not be able to do the post activity report until the FAA approves the test.
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