Volume 13 FLIGHT STANDARDS DESIGNEES
CHAPTER 2 AIRCREW DESIGNATED EXAMINER PROGRAM
Section 3 Aircrew Program
Designees and Designated Flight Engineers in an Aircrew Designated Examiner
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.
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
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
Evaluation 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.
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). Applicants for such tests must be referred to the aircrew program
manager (APM) or the local district office, Flight Standard District Office/Certificate
Management Office (FSDO/CMO).
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 letter of authority. The
privileges and limitations listed on the COA issued outside an ADE program do
not apply to the ADE program.
SELECTION OF AN APD/DFEE.
Eligibility Requirements. The following apply to the selection
of APD and DFEE candidates:
Must be employed by the operator either full-time, part-time,
or under contract to the operator.
Must possess the appropriate airman certificate, class rating,
and type rating, if applicable.
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.
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.)
Must possess an above-average level of knowledge, ability,
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).
Evaluation of Qualifications. The APD/DFEE candidate must submit a complete
statement of professional qualifications on FAA Form 8710-6, 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.
APD TRAINING AND EVALUATION. The APM must train and evaluate the
prospective APD/DFEE on APD/DFEE duties and responsibilities as follows:
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.
The administrative procedures and supervisory relationships that
exist in an ADE program.
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 APD/DFEE must understand that company politics,
economics, union loyalties, and seniority issues are not relevant when certificating
Evaluation. After formal training, an APD/DFEE candidate must 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 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.
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
Working 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 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.
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:
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 Subsystem (PTRS)
Data Sheet, which may be overprinted to facilitate standardization of data entered
into the system.
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 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, change of authority,
and change of limitations.
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 Safety Performance Analysis
A summary of annual activity from the PTRS for each renewal.
Periodic surveillance reports (in PTRS).
Any pertinent correspondence.
PROCESSING INITIAL APD/DFEE DESIGNATIONS.
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, Examiner Designation and Qualification Record,
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 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.”
POI Approval. The POI must indicate approval by completing the first
line of the block labeled, District Regional Office Action on FAA Form 8710-6,
Examiner Designation and Qualification Record and then sign in the appropriate
space. POIs must 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 must be issued to the APD/DFEE and copies must
be retained in the APD/DFEE’s file in the CHDO.
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, 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
RENEWAL OF APD DESIGNATIONS. APD/DFEE designations must be renewed every
12 calendar-months as follows:
Renewal Date. The renewal date is one month prior to the expiration
date. An APD/DFEE may not conduct certification tests after the expiration date.
Renewal Application. Refer to
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).
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.
If it is acceptable in an operator’s approved training program for the entire
proficiency or flight check to be accomplished in a FFS, then the APM is not
required to observe the APD/DFEE in the aircraft for a renewal.
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.
Processing a Renewal. The administrative steps for renewal
are the same as those outlined for original designation (see paragraph 13-112).
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:
The APD/DFEE 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.
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.
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.
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.
The administrative steps for the issuance of the new designation are the same
as those outlined for initial designation (see paragraph 13-112).
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.
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.
APM Responsibilities. An APM is responsible for training each
APD/DFEE in correct documentation procedures.
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.
TERMINATION OF APD/DFEE DESIGNATIONS. An APD/DFEE designation may be
terminated or canceled for cause by the POI at any time. Refer to
Volume 13, Chapter 1, Section 2 for applicable procedures.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 13-118 through 13-135.