DESIGNATED PILOT EXAMINER (DPE) SERVICES AT OFC:
GEOFFREY ORLANDI offering DESIGNATED PILOT EXAMINER services...
SOME QUICK FACTS to help you determine if I am the appropriate
DPE for your needs.
Practical Tests (Checkrides) conducted for the following:
Certificate Grades........Sport, Recreational, Private, Commercial
Category........Airplane Class........Single and Multi Engine Land
...…..Single and Multi Engine Land add ons
At OFC or a nationwide location of the applicant's choosing, subject to applicable travel surcharge
How I better serve my practical test applicants:
Scheduling and payment for checkrides can be difficult. You may have a hard time getting a test date; payment terms may be inconvenient; you may be required to incur the time and expense of travel to the test location; you may have difficulty finding an examiner who will do the test in certain aircraft, including tailwheel. Then on test day you may be delayed due to weather, which can lead to a cancellation so the DPE can keep an afternoon appointment with another applicant. Finally, getting on the DPE's calendar for an initial test, a reschedule, a continuance, or a retest can take weeks, sometimes months. To help avoid all these significant challenges I offer the following: 1. prompt checkride scheduling, 2. weekday and weekend testing, 3. many acceptable forms of payment available, 4. travel to your location if desired, 5. various aircraft, including tailwheel, acceptable, 6. prioritization of your test by scheduling only one initial practical test per day which provides more flexibility to minimize the chances that a delay for weather or other factors precludes completion of your checkride that day, and 7. reschedules, continuances and retests receive a new date within the week whenever possible. In summary, conducting practical tests is not my side job; it is my primary job so scheduling and completing your checkride will be my focus! If the above sounds good then read the following so you can move forward and get a practical test date booked with me.
*** If you are taking a Practical Test with me please read the information below ***
SCHEDULING YOUR PRACTICAL TEST:
To schedule your checkride simply complete and send to me the Practical Test Appointment Request form; just click here Practical Test Appointment Request.pdf. If it is not convenient or possible to fill in the form you can type the info in an email to me or even call me to provide the info by phone if necessary. Also, please feel free to stop in at OFC and see me. It is my desire to help make scheduling your checkride as hassle free as possible. Once I have the information asked for in the Appointment Request form I can review it to determine if I can conduct your checkride and get your test scheduled for the date and location you prefer, if possible. In the event I am unable to conduct the practical test on your requested date(s) and/or location I will advise you accordingly so we may find another acceptable date and location. In deciding where you would like the test to be administered you may wish to review the applicable travel surcharge. Again, I can't take the next action, including advise you of the checkride fee and the Cross Country / Weight & Balance Assignments until I have the Appointment Request form info so please send it to me as soon as possible.
KEYS TO EFFECTIVE CHECKRIDE PREPARATION:
Congratulations for getting to this point. As a professional CFI my student success is my number one priority. As a DPE I expect you and your instructor to achieve success as well; and that expectation arises from the fact that what an applicant should demonstrate in knowledge, risk management and skill is not be a secret...it is all out there in the ACS, regulations, handbooks, etc. Surprise is not a good thing because when you surprise an examiner you diverge from expectations. Adhering to the following will help eliminate many divergences that can occur from lack of preparation or understanding, or from stress and intimidation the process can cause. Please contact me if you need any further explanation or discussion to understand the practical test process:
- while its easy to say "don't be nervous" the fact is that any testing can cause jitters, especially when you have spent so much time, effort, and funds to train. So to help stay relaxed look at the practical as your day to shine by demonstrating the knowledge, decision making, and skills you have acquired. The standards don't require perfection; if they did no one would pass. So the DPE is not looking for perfection, just adherance to standards. If your CFI did his or her job then you only earned the checkride endorsements after already showing that you can consistently meet or even exceed standards. That why it's called a checkride; it should be a check to formally confirm you meet certification criteria as prescribed in the applicable ACS / PTS
- my responsibility is to objectively evaluate. Without compromising that duty I certainly want you to succeed. So be prepared and organized, get a good rest, be well nourished, focus on the tasks at hand...then let your training kick in by flying the aircraft proficiently, answering questions succinctly, and demonstrating effective aeronautical decision making. If you do that I will be pleased to issue your Temporary Airman Certificate. And take some pressure off yourself by putting it in perspective; if things don't go so well that is not the end of your flying career by any stretch; it just means you need additional training so that your deficiencies are corrected before certification
- follow the Applicant Practical Test Checklist found within the appropriate ACS / PTS; it states clearly what needs to be brought to the practical test and it is there to help you avoid being unprepared
- read, study and understand the ACS / PTS from cover to cover; that document is your "open book test" and constitutes the basis upon which the practical will be conducted and the standards you will be required to meet to pass, as mandated by the FAA, and thus earn your Temporary Airman Certificate. The ACS sets forth what an applicant should KNOW, CONSIDER, & DO to result in satisfactory performance. If you don't know the answer to a question, offer where it can be looked up; if you deviate from standards during a maneuver, correct promptly
- for a full test (not retest or continuance) be prepared to devote the full day to the practical test
- a practical test consists of four parts: Pretest Briefing & Eligibility Review; Test begins with Ground Portion; Preflight Briefing & Flight Portion; Test concludes with Documentation & Debrief
- once a practical test begins it must conclude with one of three possible documents issued: Temporary Airman Certificate; Notice of Disapproval; or Letter of Discontinuance
- oral testing continues throughout the ground and flight portions of the checkride
- all testing is conducted in the English language therefore the applicant must be English language proficient
- if using an EFB the geo referencing "ownship position" and flight track "breadcrumbs" must be deactivated
- IACRA is the preferred method of processing applications and the link is found at faa.gov; click on Licenses & Certificates, Airmen Certification, then find the link under Online Services
- it is advisable to have a paper back up of your 8710 if it becomes necessary. You can find a fillable 8710-1 or 8710-11 (Sport Pilot) at faa.gov. Type the form number in the search box on the top right of the home page
- in accordance with FAA Order, no individual except the applicant,
examiner, Aviation Safety Inspectors and designees in training are
permitted to observe the practical test
-in a further effort to maintain your confidentiality and the
integrity of the testing process, absolutely no recording of the
practical test is permitted
- all reasonable efforts will be made to complete the test in
one day but this will not be accomplished if it would compromise
safety or the conduct of a complete examination
- your exercise of Sound Piloting Skills, Procedural Discipline,
Broad Aeronautical Knowledge, and Effective Aeronautical Decision
Making are evaluated throughout the practical test
- you will be the PILOT IN COMMAND for the flight, even if the
need should arise for me to take the controls. In such a situation I
will be the pilot flying but you will remain the PIC throughout the
- as your DPE conducting the practical, I will be acting as a
private individual serving as a representative of the FAA to
determine whether you are qualified for the certificate or rating
sought pursuant to FAA requirements and standards. My personal
preferences are irrelevant; the objective standards set out in the ACS / PTS are controlling
- the fees charged for DPE activities represent your payment for my time and service to you, not for the issuance of a Temporary Airman Certificate; therefore I cannot guarantee any outcome but I can guarantee you will receive the upmost professionalism, fairness, and integrity so you will either earn your certificate or understand why further training is required, after which a retest can be conducted for the areas and tasks deemed unsatisfactory
- my 3 pillars of flying: (1) You will make mistakes, so stay within the safety envelope and learn from them; (2) Always fly the airplane; (3) Smile...flying should be fun. Keep these pillars in mind during your checkride and beyond
DPE FEE SCHEDULE: (subject to change; fee and payment method will be confirmed with applicant prior to exam)
My fees are comparable to other DPEs. If you should find them higher it is because of all the extra value you are receiving as explained in my 7 reasons listed above under "How I better serve my practical test applicants." Many other examiners don't offer those seven significant advantages, which serve you well but cost me time and money so the fee structure is designed to reflect that. Please understand I have blocked out and devoted a good part (if not all) of the day to conduct YOUR checkride therefore the fees are paid at the commencement of the practical test appointment and prior to conducting any testing. Fees are non-refundable! All cancellations within 48 hours or less of the scheduled test start time (other than for weather) are subject to a cancellation fee of $300. Cancellations within 24 hours incur a cancellation fee based on a percentage of the full checkride fee, starting at 50%, and up to 100% for same day cancellations. Many students are looking for checkrides, so the appointment time wasted by a cancellation could have been used by another applicant if a cancellation had been timely. See Cancellation Policy below. Please let me know if you have any questions about the applicable fees for your practical test.
ACCEPTABLE PAYMENT METHODS ARE CASH (quoted below), CHECK (w/$150 non cash surcharge), CREDIT CARD (w/$150 non cash surcharge & convenience fee). Examiner has discretion to require cash or certified funds only.
Sport Pilot Airplane: $725
Recreational Pilot Airplane: $725
Private Pilot Airplane: $750 Single Engine Land $850 Multi Engine Land
Commercial Pilot Airplane: $750 Single Engine Land $850 Multi Engine Land
Instrument Rating Airplane: $750 in Single Engine $850 in Multi Engine
Single or Multi Engine Add On (adding class at same grade of certificate): $650 Single Engine $750 Multi Engine
Additional Aircraft Fee (using more than one aircraft on the test): $150 each additional aircraft
Tailwheel Aircraft Fee (using tailwheel aircraft on the test): $100
Retest after Failure from another examiner (within 60 days of Notice of Disapproval): $500 minimum*
Retest after Failure from me (within 60 days of Notice of Disapproval): $450 minimum*
Continuance from another examiner (within 60 days of Letter of Discontinuance): $500 minimum**
Continuance from me (within 60 days of Letter of Discontinuance): $450 minimum**
Cancellation Fee (applies to cancellations within 48 hours of scheduled checkride start time: $300 minimum***
Administrative Applications: Student Pilot Certificate $150: all others $250 minimum for each application
Non use of IACRA Surcharge (using paper 8710 application): $150
Non Cash Payment Surcharge: $150
Travel Surcharge (test not at 1N7): $50 w/in 25 nm; $100 w/in 50 nm; $150 w/in 75 nm; $200 w/in 100 nm; $250 w/in 125nm; $300 w/in 150 nm; for greater than 150 nm ask for a custom quote****
Credit Card Convenience Fee: 3% per dip/swipe; 4% per manual entry
*RETEST FEE: For a retest after failure (within 60 days of Notice of Disapproval from another examiner), the fee is $500 or 50% of full test fee, whichever is greater. If the retest is for a Notice of Disapproval issued by me the fee is $450 or 45% of full test fee, whichever is greater. In either situation a fee up to the full test fee may be required based upon what remains to be completed. The full test fee applies to all retests if conducted after 60 days from Notice of Disapproval.
**CONTINUANCE FEE: For the continuation of a practical test (within 60 days of Letter of Discontinuance from another examiner), the fee is $500 or 50% of full test fee, whichever is greater. If the continuance is for a Letter of Discontinuance issued by me the fee is $450 or 45% of full test fee, whichever is greater. In either situation a fee up to the full test fee may be required based upon what remains to be completed. The full test fee applies to all tests conducted after 60 days from Letter of Discontinuance.
***CANCELLATION FEE POLICY: Cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled practical test start time (except for weather) are subject to a $300 fee. For cancellations less than 24 hours prior to scheduled checkride start time the fee is a percentage of the full checkride fee, as follows: Less than 24 hours prior the fee is 50% of full checkride fee; less than 12 hours prior the fee is 75% of full checkride fee; on test day (applicant cancels, no shows, arrives too late to begin and complete, is found ineligible, has an unairworthy aircraft or lack or required items, OR FOR ANY OTHER UNEXCUSED REASON is unable to begin the test) then the fee is 100% of full checkride fee, plus travel surcharge if applicable. A cancellation is only effective as of the time the applicant advises me of the cancellation by email, text, or speaks with me directly. Don't just assume; advise me "cancelled" so I can determine the appropriate fee based on the above time intervals.
****TRAVEL SURCHARGE: Above fee schedule is based upon conducting the practical test at Blairstown Airport (1N7). A travel fee surcharge will be imposed based upon the distance from 1N7 if the practical test is held at another airport. Any location must provide a private area to conduct the eligibility review and ground portion of the test.
BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR CHECKRIDE
Recent Checkride Success Story...
Applicant: Joseph Schiliro
Date: August 9, 2019
Location: Wilmington, DE (ILG)
Cert/Rating: Commercial Multiengine add on
Whatever your need for commercial piloting services just let us know and we will try to help you and offer you a rate quote tailored to the situation.
ORLANDI FLIGHT CENTER offers a wide range of Designated Pilot Examiner and commercial aviation services. We are absolutely committed to finding ways to utilize the convenience and flexibility of general aviation to help you achieve your goals, whether it be through our flight training, testing or commercial flight services.
Listed below are some of our more popular commercial aviation services but whatever your need just reach out to us for asistance and we will be happy to help.
Geoff is honored to be selected by the FAA as a Designate Pilot Examiner (DPE). Practical tests as well as additional DPE services are available. Please scroll down this page for the section on DPE services Geoff can provide at 1N7 or at your base.
COMMERCIAL SERVICES AT OFC:
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you have the need for an aerial photograph to market your home or business, or perhaps an investment property or important location needs to be documented from above for purposes of a presentation or use in court? Whatever the reason, photographs taken from our aircraft will speak a thousand words. We can do the flying and leave the photography to you or we can provide the aircraft, pilot and photographer.
FERRY FLIGHTS: Need to move an airplane? We have a wide range of experience flying numerous makes and models.
AIRCRAFT PURCHASE & SALE: Thinking about buying or selling an airplane? Talk to us for some advise and services to make your experience seamless and trouble free.
PILOT RATES: $50/hr. (add $10/hr. for Asst. Chief / Senior Pilot; add $20/hr. for Chief Pilot; add $5/hr. Tailwheel / Multi)
Layover Time at 20% of above rates
Plus expenses for travel and lodging
Wheels move the body.....Wings move the soul
1st Checkride Success Story...
Applicant: Thomas Tolento
Date: July 2, 2019
Location: Blairstown, NJ (1N7)
Cert/Rating: Instrument Rating
ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.....FLY