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.
OF ADEs/DFEEs. All certification conducted by an APD/DFEE shall be limited
to the privileges of the APD’s airman certificate, the APD’s certificate of
authority (COA), the APD’s letter of authority (LOA), one certificate type (pilot
or Flight Engineer (FE)), and one aircraft type.
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. An 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.
of any applicant by an APD/DFEE when the examiner has instructed that student
during the latter half of the candidate’s training, or when the examiner has
recommended the applicant, is not recommended and must be approved by the POI
on a case-by-case basis. Instruction during the initial phase of training will
not disqualify the APD/DFEE from conducting an evaluation of an applicant.
2) APDs may not conduct FAA written 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). Applicants for such tests shall be referred to the aircrew
program manager (APM) or the local district office, Flight Standard District
Office/Certificate Management Office (FSDO/CMO).
C. Designation as an Examiner Outside of an ADE Program.
An individual’s designation as an APD does not prevent the individual from
obtaining a designation as an examiner in another program or capacity. When
an APD holds a designation, the privileges and limitations that may be exercised
outside of the ADE program must be specified on the COA and letter of authority.
The privileges and limitations listed on the COA issued outside an ADE program
do not apply to the ADE program.
OF AN APD/DFEE.
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.
be an FAA-approved pilot (or FE, as applicable) simulator-qualified proficiency
check airman for the operator in the aircraft in which the APD/DFEE candidate
is to perform examiner duties. Must also be an FAA-approved line check airman-all
seats and proficiency check airman-airplane for the operator in the aircraft
in which the APD candidate is to perform examiner duties in an aircraft.
have served as a check airman for a minimum of 1 year (preferably 6 months as
a proficiency check airman) before designation as an APD/DFEE. (Check airman
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 airman, is at the discretion of the POI and APM.)
5) Must possess an above-average level of knowledge, ability,
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).
of Qualifications. The APD/DFEE candidate shall submit a complete statement
of professional qualifications on
FAA Form 8710-6, Examiner Designation and Qualification Record. The APM
shall 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.
TRAINING AND EVALUATION. The APM shall train and evaluate the prospective
APD/DFEE on APD duties and responsibilities as follows:
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
The responsibilities, authority, and limitations of an examiner under 14 CFR.
The use of FAA forms and job aids associated with the particular APD function.
The administrative procedures and supervisory relationships that exist in an
POI and the APMs shall 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 APD/DFEE must understand that company politics,
economics, union loyalties, and seniority issues are not relevant when certificating
After formal training, an APD/DFEE candidate shall observe the APM or, at
the POI’s discretion, another inspector or examiner, in conducting a complete
oral test, flight test, the necessary briefings, and the completion of the certification
paperwork. The APM shall then observe and evaluate the candidate in conducting
at least one complete oral test and flight test (simulator and airplane, if
applicable), including the necessary briefings and certification paperwork for
the certificate or added rating involved.
AND ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF APDs. 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:
Relationships. An APM observes and counsels APDs and DFEEs. An APM should
emphasize to APDs and DFEEs appropriate methods for handling applicants; for
maintaining desired test standards; and for 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 examiners’ confidence in the performance of their duties and in their interactions
with their assigned APM. An APM shall conduct regular meetings with the program’s
APDs and DFEEs for the purpose of maintaining these effective working relationships.
During the APD 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.
Supplies and Materials. An APM shall ensure that APDs and DFEEs have continuing
access to the following materials, including current amendments and additional
supplies, as needed:
Volumes 5 and 13.
All appropriate job aids.
FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certification and/or Rating Application (Pilot).
FAA Form 8400-3, Application for an Airman Certificate and/or Rating (Flight
Engineer and Aircraft Dispatcher).
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
13-111 CERTIFICATE-HOLDING DISTRICT OFFICE (CHDO) APD
ADMINISTRATIVE FILES. The CHDO will maintain a file on each APD. Inspectors
shall ensure that the CHDO file contains the following documents for each APD:
FAA Form 8710-6, Examiner Designation and Qualification Record for original
issuance and each renewal.
FAA Form 8430-9, Certificate of Authority for original issuance and each renewal.
Letter of Authority for original issuance and each renewal or change of authority
FAA Form 8000-5, Certificate of Designation.
Documentation of the candidate’s airman certificates and any history of accidents,
incidents, or enforcement action contained in the Flight Standards Information
A summary of annual activity from the PTRS for each renewal (replaces FAA Form
8000-5, Airman Certification Log).
Periodic surveillance reports (in PTRS).
Any pertinent correspondence.
13-112 PROCESSING INITIAL APD DESIGNATIONS.
Responsibilities. When processing an initial APD/DFEE designation, the APM
shall ensure that all requirements for designation have been met. The APM shall
then prepare all of the necessary, additional paperwork. The APM shall complete
the back of
FAA Form 8710-6, Examiner Designation and Qualification Record, and sign
the space labeled, “Inspector’s Signature.” The APM shall enter the words, “Aircrew
Program Designee” or “Designated Flight Engineer Examiner” and the airplane
type in the space labeled, “Type of Designation” under the “Regional Office
Action” block. The APM shall record the APD 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 one year from the date of designation.
The “DO to Serve Under” space should be left blank by the APM. The APM should
cross-out the word “Regional” in the block titled, “Regional Office Action”
and substitute the word “District” for the word “Regional.”
B. POI Approval. The POI shall indicate approval
by completing the first line of the block labeled, District Regional Office
FAA Form 8710-6, Examiner Designation and Qualification Record and then
sign in the appropriate space. POIs shall also sign the FAA Form 8000-5, Certificate
of Designation, FAA Form 8430-9, Certificate of Authority and the letter of
authority (LOA). The originals of these forms shall be issued to the APD and
copies shall be retained in the APD’s file in the CHDO.
Designation Numbers. Examiner Designation Numbers. For APDs and DFEEs, the
airman’s certificate number coupled with the applicable four-character designator
for the operator, and may be used in all instances when an Examiner Designation
Number may be called for. (Example: 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.
OF APD DESIGNATIONS. APD designations must be renewed every 12 calendar-months
Date. The renewal date is one month prior to the expiration date. An APD/DFEE
may not conduct certification tests after the expiration date.
B. Renewal Application. Refer to
Volume 13, Chapter 1, Section 2, paragraph 13-32 for renewal procedures.
In order to renew a designation, an APD must submit the following documentation
to the APM:
The expiring FAA Form 8430-9,
FAA Form 8710-6, and
Evidence of having attended, during the past 12 calendar-months, at least one
APD 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’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 shall conduct at least
one oral examination and one simulator (and aircraft, if applicable) 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 flight check to be accomplished in a simulator, then
the APM is not required to observe the APD in the aircraft for a renewal.
D. APM and POI Responsibility. Before renewing
an APD designation, the APM and POI shall determine whether the APD’s services
have been satisfactory, whether the APD’s level of activity warrants a redesignation,
and whether the APD’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
13-114 AMENDMENT OF APD DESIGNATIONS. An APD may
be issued only one FAA Form 8430-9. An APD’s examining authority shall normally
be cancelled when the APD enters transition training on a new aircraft type.
The POI may designate a former APD, provided the following actions have been
A. The APD must have completed the operator’s approved
pilot in command (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. The APD must have completed the operator’s check
airman training and be approved as a proficiency check airman for the new aircraft.
C. The APM for the new aircraft must hold an interview
with the APD to establish an appropriate working relationship and review the
administrative processing (paperwork/documentation) procedures for certification
D. The APM for the new aircraft must observe the
APD conducting at least one complete oral examination and simulator (and aircraft,
if applicable) evaluation, as appropriate to the certificate or type rating
involved, on the new aircraft type.
E. The administrative steps for the issuance of
the new designation shall be the same as those outlined for initial designation
(see paragraph 13-112).
13-115 PROCESSING APD CERTIFICATION PAPERWORK.
An APD shall forward the airman certification paperwork to the CHDO for review,
processing, and transmittal to the Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760. The
paperwork shall be accepted and processed only by the CHDO and not by any other
A. APD Responsibilities. An APD shall complete
the airman certification paperwork in accordance with the requirements of Volume
5, Chapters 1, 4, and 5, as applicable. An APD will complete the PTRS data sheets
for each evaluation function conducted. An APD 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.
B. APM Responsibilities. An APM is responsible
for training each APD in correct documentation procedures, and in remedial training,
13-116 REVIEW OF APD’s DECISION. If an airman is
dissatisfied with an APD’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’s decision. The APM shall 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 DESIGNATIONS. An APD
designation may be terminated or canceled for cause by the POI at any time.
Volume 13, Chapter 1, Section 2 for applicable procedures.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 13-118 through 13-135.