VOLUME 13 FLIGHT STANDARDS DESIGNEES
CHAPTER 2 AIRCREW DESIGNATED EXAMINER PROGRAM
Section 3 Safety Assurance System: Aircrew Program Designees and Designated Flight Engineers in an Aircrew Designated Examiner Program
13-106 GENERAL. This section contains information and guidance to be used by certificate managers, principal operations inspectors (POI) and inspectors
concerning aircrew program designees (APD) and designated flight engineer examiner (DFEE) responsibilities, and the selection, training, supervision, and administrative control of APDs/DFEEs
in an Aircrew Designated Examiner (ADE) program. This section is related to Safety Assurance System (SAS) Element 2.1.5 (OP), Appropriate Airmen/Crewmember Checks and Qualifications.
13-107 PRIVILEGES OF ADEs/DFEEs. All certification conducted by an APD/DFEE must be limited to the privileges of the APD/DFEE’s airman certificate,
the APD/DFEE’s Certificate of Authority (COA), the APD/DFEE’s letter of authority (LOA), one certificate type (pilot or Flight Engineer (FE)), and one aircraft type.
A. Privileges. An APD is authorized to perform airman certification in one type of aircraft for an operator’s pilots who have been trained under
the operator’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)‑approved training program. A DFEE in an ADE program is authorized to perform airman certification for an operator’s
FE candidates who have been trained under the operator’s FAA‑approved training program.
1) Evaluation of any applicant by an APD/DFEE when the examiner has instructed that student or when the examiner has recommended the applicant, is not
recommended and must be approved by the POI or aircrew program manager (APM) on a case‑by‑case basis.
2) APDs/DFEEs may not conduct FAA knowledge tests, special medical evaluations, tests for waivers, or any test for competency under Title 49 of the
United States Code (49 U.S.C.) § 44709 (formerly Section 609a of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (FA Act)). Applicants for such tests must be referred to the APM or
the local district office, Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)/certificate management office (CMO).
C. Designation as an Examiner Outside of an ADE Program. An individual’s designation as an APD/DFEE does not prevent the individual from obtaining a
designation as an examiner in another program or capacity. When an APD/DFEE holds a designation, the privileges and limitations that may be exercised outside of the ADE program must be specified
on the COA and LOA. The privileges and limitations listed on the COA issued outside an ADE program do not apply to the ADE program.
13-108 SELECTION OF AN APD/DFEE.
A. Eligibility Requirements. The following apply to the selection of APD and DFEE candidates:
1) Must be employed by the operator either full‑time, part‑time, or under contract to the operator.
2) Must possess the appropriate airman certificate, class rating, and type rating, if applicable.
3) Must be an FAA‑approved proficiency check pilot or check FE, as applicable, for the operator for the aircraft in which the APD/DFEE candidate is to
perform examiner duties. To perform examiner duties in an aircraft in flight, APD candidates must also be an FAA‑approved line check pilot—all seats and proficiency check
pilot—aircraft for the operator for that aircraft.
4) Should have served as a check pilot or check FE for a minimum of 1 year (APD candidates—preferably 6 months as a proficiency check pilot)
before designation as an APD/DFEE. (Check pilot/check FE experience in other types of aircraft and in service with other operators may be credited. Crediting of past experience, including
length of time and type of check pilot/check FE, is at the discretion of the POI and APM.)
5) Must possess an above‑average level of knowledge, ability, and experience.
6) Must have a good record of compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) (isolated and unrelated violations or incidents
are not disqualifying).
B. Evaluation of Qualifications. The APD/DFEE candidate must submit a complete statement of professional qualifications on FAA
Examiner Designation and Qualification Record. The APM must review the qualifications to determine whether the candidate meets the requirements and standards for an APD/DFEE designation. If the
candidate is eligible, the APM may recommend to the POI that the candidate be designated as an APD/DFEE. An APD/DFEE selection must be agreed upon by the APM, the POI, and the operator.
13-109 APD TRAINING AND EVALUATION. The APM must train and evaluate the prospective APD/DFEE on APD/DFEE duties and responsibilities as follows:
A. Training. Inspectors should ensure that the APD/DFEE is trained and evaluated in at least the following areas:
· The knowledge, ability, and skill requirements for the original issuance of the airline transport
pilot (ATP) certificate and added ratings, as applicable (FE certificate and added rating for DFEE candidates);
· The procedures, methods, and techniques associated with administering the required certification tests;
· The responsibilities, authority, and limitations of an examiner under 14 CFR;
· The use of FAA forms and job aids associated with the particular APD/DFEE function; and
· The administrative procedures and supervisory relationships that exist in an ADE program.
NOTE: The POI and the APMs must stress to examiner candidates that in performing their duties as an APD/DFEE, they are representatives of the Administrator and
responsible to the Administrator. Prospective APDs/DFEEs must understand that company politics, economics, union loyalties, and seniority issues are not relevant when certificating airmen.
B. Evaluation. After formal training, an APD/DFEE candidate must observe the APM in conducting a complete oral test, flight test, the necessary briefings,
and the completion of the certification paperwork. The APM must then observe and evaluate the APD/DFEE candidate in conducting at least one complete oral test and complete flight test, including
the necessary briefings and certification paperwork for the certificate or added rating involved.
13-110 SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF APDs/DFEEs. The APM assigned to a particular aircraft type is responsible for the supervision of APDs and DFEEs
who conduct airman certification activities for that aircraft type. Inspectors should evaluate the supervisory and administrative process, taking into account the following:
A. Working Relationships. An APM observes and counsels APDs and DFEEs. An APM should emphasize to APDs and DFEEs appropriate methods for handling applicants,
maintaining desired test standards, and completing and processing certification and Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS) paperwork. An APM should endeavor to maintain a working
relationship with each APD and DFEE which promotes the examiner’s confidence in the performance of their duties and in their interactions with their assigned APM. An APM must conduct regular
meetings with the program’s APDs and DFEEs for the purpose of maintaining these effective working relationships. During the APD/DFEE meetings, a close and continuing dialogue for the
clarification of problem areas should be developed. Special meetings should be held when there is any change to FAA airman certification requirements, policies, or procedures affecting the particular
APD/DFEE or the program in general. An APM should attend crewmember safety and standardization meetings held by the operator.
B. APD/DFEE Supplies and Materials. An APM must ensure that APDs and DFEEs have continuing access to the following materials, including current amendments and
additional supplies, as needed:
· Order 8900.1, Volumes 5 and 13.
· All appropriate job aids.
Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Pilot).
Application for an Airman Certificate and/or Rating (FE).
· FAA Form 8060‑4, Temporary Airman Certificate.
· FAA Form 8060‑5, Notice of Disapproval of Application.
· FAA Form 8000‑36, Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS) Data Sheet, which may be
overprinted to facilitate standardization of data entered into the system.
13-111 CERTIFICATE‑HOLDING DISTRICT OFFICE (CHDO) APD/DFEE ADMINISTRATIVE FILES. The CHDO will maintain a file on each APD/DFEE. Inspectors must ensure that
the CHDO file contains the following documents for each APD/DFEE:
Examiner Designation and Qualification Record, for original issuance and each renewal.
· FAA Form 8430‑9, Certificate of Authority, for original issuance and each renewal.
· LOA for original issuance and each renewal, change of authority, and change of limitations.
· FAA Form 8000‑5, Certificate of Designation.
· Any pertinent correspondence.
13-112 PROCESSING INITIAL APD/DFEE DESIGNATIONS.
A. APM Responsibilities. When processing an initial APD/DFEE designation, the APM must ensure that all requirements for designation have been met. The APM
must prepare all of the necessary additional paperwork. The APM must complete the back of FAA
Form 8710‑6 and
sign the space labeled “Inspector’s Signature.” The APM must enter the words “Aircrew Program Designee” or “Designated Flight Engineer Examiner”
and the aircraft type in the space labeled “Type of Designation” under the “Regional Office Action” block. The APM must record the APD/DFEE designation number under
the space labeled “Certificate of Authority Issued” in the space titled “No.” The expiration date is the last day of the month that is 1 year from the date of
designation. The “DO to Serve Under” space should be left blank by the APM.
B. POI Approval. The POI, or an inspector authorized to act for the POI, must indicate approval by completing the first line of the block labeled
“District Regional Office Action” on FAA
Form 8710‑6 and
then sign in the appropriate space. POIs, or authorized inspectors, must also sign FAA Form 8000‑5, FAA Form 8430‑9, and the LOA. The originals of these forms must
be issued to the APD/DFEE, and copies must be retained in the APD/DFEE’s file in the CHDO.
C. APD Designation Numbers (Examiner Designation Numbers). For APDs and DFEEs, the airman’s certificate number coupled with the applicable
four‑character designator for the operator may be used in all instances when an Examiner Designation Number may be called for (e.g., 123456789DALA for an APD/DFEE at Delta Airlines).
The four‑character suffix will allow for differentiation between programs when there is more than one ADE program within a CHDO.
13-113 RENEWAL OF APD DESIGNATIONS. APD/DFEE designations must be renewed every 12 calendar‑months as follows:
A. Renewal Date. The renewal date is 1 month prior to the expiration date. An APD/DFEE may not conduct certification tests after the expiration date.
B. Renewal Application. See
Volume 13, Chapter 1, Section 2,
paragraph 13‑37 for renewal procedures. In order to renew a designation, an APD/DFEE must submit the following documentation to the APM:
· The expiring FAA Form 8430‑9;
· A newly completed FAA Form 8710‑6; and
· Evidence of having attended, during the past 12 calendar-months, at least one APD/DFEE
safety meeting or a briefing conducted by the APM (such as a notation on the back of the FAA Form 8430‑9, signed by the APM).
C. Annual Observation. At least once within the year preceding an APD/DFEE’s renewal, the examiner must be observed conducting a complete certification.
The observation is made by the APM or by another appropriately rated inspector designated by the APM or POI. Preferably, this observation should take place within the 120‑day period
before the current designation expires (PTRS code 1672). To complete the observation, the APD/DFEE must conduct at least one oral examination and one complete flight evaluation. When an
examiner designation is renewed, the day and month will normally remain the same, and only the year will be changed.
NOTE: If it is acceptable in an operator’s approved training program for the entire proficiency or flight check to be accomplished in a full flight
simulator (FFS), then the APM is not required to observe the APD/DFEE in the aircraft for a renewal.
D. APM and POI Responsibility. Before renewing an APD/DFEE designation, the APM and POI must determine whether the APD/DFEE’s services have been
satisfactory, whether the APD/DFEE’s level of activity warrants a redesignation, and whether the APD/DFEE’s services continue to be needed. The examiner’s level of activity may be
determined from the PTRS.
E. Processing a Renewal. The administrative steps for renewal are the same as those outlined for original designation (see paragraph 13‑112).
13-114 AMENDMENT OF APD/DFEE DESIGNATIONS. An APD/DFEE may be issued only one FAA Form 8430‑9. An APD/DFEE’s examining authority
should normally be cancelled when the APD/DFEE enters transition training on a new aircraft type. The POI may designate a former APD/DFEE, provided the following actions have been completed:
A. Pilot in Command (PIC)/FE Training. The APD/DFEE must have completed the operator’s approved PIC or FE ground and flight training for the new aircraft.
The APM must determine whether the designee has accumulated sufficient experience on the new aircraft to accumulate an above‑average level of knowledge of its systems and operations.
B. Check Pilot/Check FE Training. An APD must have completed the operator’s check pilot training and be approved as a proficiency check pilot for the
new aircraft. A DFEE must have completed the operator’s check FE training and be approved as a check FE for the new aircraft.
C. Interview and Review. The APM for the new aircraft must hold an interview with the APD/DFEE to establish an appropriate working relationship and review the
administrative processing (paperwork/documentation) procedures for certification activities.
D. Oral Examination/Flight Evaluation. The APM for the new aircraft must observe the APD/DFEE conducting at least one complete oral examination and complete
flight evaluation, as appropriate to the certificate or type rating involved, on the new aircraft type.
E. Issuance of New Designation. The administrative steps for the issuance of the new designation are the same as those outlined for initial designation (see
13-115 PROCESSING APD/DFEE CERTIFICATION PAPERWORK. An APD/DFEE must forward the airman certification paperwork to the CHDO for review, processing, and
transmittal to the Airmen Certification Branch (AFS‑760). The paperwork must be accepted and processed only by the CHDO and not by any other district office. Use of the Integrated Airmen
Certification and/or Rating Application (IACRA) program for processing applications is highly encouraged.
A. APD/DFEE Responsibilities. An APD/DFEE must complete the airman certification paperwork in accordance with the requirements of Volume 5, Chapters 1,
3, and 4, as applicable. An APD/DFEE will complete the PTRS data sheet for each evaluation function conducted. An APD/DFEE is responsible for the accurate, complete, and timely submission of
certification paperwork. Satisfactory fulfillment of this responsibility is a condition for continued designation as an APD/DFEE.
B. APM Responsibilities. An APM is responsible for training each APD/DFEE in correct documentation procedures.
13-116 REVIEW OF APD/DFEE’s DECISION. If an airman is dissatisfied with an APD/DFEE’s decision, the airman may appeal to an APM for a reevaluation.
The airman must submit the appeal in writing and indicate the reasons for protesting the APD/DFEE’s decision. The APM must review the matter and decide if reevaluation is warranted.
If a reevaluation is granted, a new application must be completed, and the entire evaluation must be reaccomplished by an FAA inspector.
13-117 TERMINATION OF APD/DFEE DESIGNATIONS. An APD/DFEE designation may be terminated or canceled for cause by the POI at any time. See
Volume 13, Chapter 1, Section 2 for
RESERVED. Paragraphs 13‑118 through 13‑135.