149 How to Really Fly Commercial Certificate Maneuvers – Interview with DPE Jason Blair

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149 Pilot examiner Jason Blair talks about what you need to know for the Commercial checkride. He focuses on how to Commercial maneuvers including chandelles, steep spirals, lazy eights, eights on pylons, and 180° accuracy landings. The oral portion is similar to the Private, but with an emphasis on Commercial certificate privileges, and no it doesn’t allow you to immediately start flying charter.

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39 Private Pilot Checkride Prep – How to Fail a Checkride before it Even Starts – Interview with Jason Blair


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Jason Blair is a FAA DPE, or Designated Pilot Examiner, who gives checkrides to pilots, and he’s also an active flight instructor. He got an early start in aviation, taking flying lessons at age 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private certificate at 17.

Jason explains that there is a shortage of designated pilot examiners who give checkrides, which is affecting people’s ability to schedule a checkride. He also said that if someone feels that an examiner is not conducting checkrides in accordance with the ACS, they can send comments to this FAA Email address for DPE/Practical Test Concerns.

Then he talks about the important qualification process, which occurs at the beginning of a checkride. If a student doesn’t have all the documents, correct endorsements, or hasn’t met all of the experience requirements, he or she will be going home before the checkride even starts. He explains the most common oversights he sees during the qualification process, and encourages flight instructors to have a second CFI review a pilot’s logbook and endorsements, to ensure that the pilot is qualified for the checkride, and won’t be sent home early.

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