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 APDs/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), or 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 Form
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.
• FAA Form
8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Pilot).
• FAA Form
8400-3, 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 System
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:
• FAA Form
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 “District Certificate Management or
Regional” 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 Certificate Management or Regional” 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, Renewal of Designations, 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
• 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 3 calendar-months 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 paragraph 13-112).
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 Airman 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.