Applicant:   Zakeer Siraj

Date:   July 20, 2020

Location:   Essex Co, NJ (CDW)

Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​                              DESIGNATED PILOT EXAMINER (DPE) SERVICES AT OFC:


                                                                                     SOME QUICK FACTS to help you determine if I am the appropriate  

                                                                                     DPE for your needs.

                                                                                     Practical Tests (Checkrides) conducted for the following:

                                                                                     Certificates.....Rec;  Spt;  Pvt;  Comm;  CFI add ons;  ATP coming soon 

                                                                                     Category.....Airplane         Classes.....Single and Multi Engine Land

                                                                                     Ratings.....Instrument Airplane 

                                                                                                 .....Single and Multi Engine Land add ons

                                                                                      PLUS VARIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE APPLICATIONS


                                                                                     Test Locations:

                                                                                      At 1N7 or a nationwide location of the applicant's choosing, subject to                                                                                           applicable Travel and Airport Surcharges

                                                                                     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 scheduling2. 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 if feasible, 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!


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​  *** If the above is what you are seeking & you would like to take a Practical Test with me please read all the information below; it is detailed and designed to answer all questions ***


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. I will make every effort to honor your requests. 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. I can't take the next actions (which include confirm the practical test date, advise you of the fee and surcharges, and provide your Cross Country / Weight & Balance Assignments as applicable) until I have the Appointment Request form info so please send it to me as soon as possible.  


Congratulations for getting to this point. As a professional CFI my student success is my number one priority. As a DPE I want you and your instructor to achieve success as well; in fact it is expected because your endorsements say you are ready to meet the required knowledge, risk management and skill as expressed in the ACS / PTS, regulations, handbooks, etc. So surprise is not a good thing because when you surprise an examiner you diverge from the expected performance. Adhering to the following will help eliminate surprises and unsatisfactory results 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 the checkride, like any test, puts you under pressure to perform. 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. You should only have earned the checkride endorsements after having shown that you can consistently complete each task, within tolerances, and while maintaining safety. The practical determines if you can do it under pressure. It's called a checkride because it should be an objective 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 display you deserve certification by flying the aircraft proficiently, answering questions succinctly, and demonstrating effective aeronautical decision making. If you do 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; and don't forget food and drink

      - 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 test - see estimated hrs below

      - a practical test consists of four parts:  1. Pretest Briefing & Eligibility Review;  2. Test begins with Ground "Oral" Portion;  3. Preflight Briefing & Flight Portion;  4. 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 ownship, distance rings, track vectors, breadcrumbs, etc. must be deactivated

      - IACRA is the preferred method of processing applications and the link is found at; click on Licenses & Certificates, Airmen Certification, then find the link under Online Services

      - bring a paper 8710 in the event IACRA is unusable. The link to a fillable 8710-1 or 8710-11 (Sport Pilot) is at the bottom of the IACRA home page. It is also at; type 8710-1 or 11 in the search box on the FAA 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

entire flight

      - 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. Likewise, while you may prefer certain techniques and operations, anything that the certificate you seek would permit is subject to testing within the parameters of the aircraft operating limitations 

      - the fees for DPE activities are for my time and expert professional services 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

      - test time for a complete test:  Sport / Rec 4 hrs;  Private / Instrument / Commercial 5 hrs;  ATP 6 hrs;  CFI 8 hrs 

     - 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 test and beyond

AN EXPLANATION ABOUT SCENARIOS.....SCENARIOS, they invoke agitation in some checkride applicants; but they shouldn't. In response to my flight planning assignments I sometimes hear responses like "I would never fly there; I just fly local; that airspace is too complicated; I will be over gross weight; I have never taken passengers; I won't get to the destination within the time constraints given;" etc. Those may all be legitimate concerns, which are presented through the scenario because, just like you, DPEs are governed by the ACS. Please refer to ACS Appendix 5 under Evaluator Responsibilities, wherein it states examiners "must include a scenario that evaluates as many of the required Areas of Operation and Tasks as possible." Including all that in a scenario requires complications and a longer trip than what you may be accustomed to. While you won't make the flight during the checkride, to simply resist the scenario because it is beyond your present comfort level defeats the purpose of scenario based testing; which is to present real world challenges that must be managed. The certificate you seek gives you the privileges to make the flight. The key is to use effective aeronautical decision making to adjust for any illegal operations or unacceptable risk while still allowing the trip to be accomplished. A prepared pilot will work the problem to make the flight legal, safe, and within the limitations of the airman and the aircraft. So in short the scenario presents a realistic trip for your desired certificate level but with potential impediments and no go factors. If you see such issues deal with them as you would if the flight were presented to you after you are certificated. As PIC make changes needed to conduct the flight; maybe someday you will actually fly the trip you plan!

DPE FEE SCHEDULE​:     (subject to change; fee and payment method will be confirmed with applicant prior to exam)

​My fees are comparable or even lower than other DPEs; especially when you compare and consider all the EXTRA VALUE you are receiving as explained in my 7 reasons listed above....."How I better serve my practical test applicants." Many other examiners don't offer those seven significant advantages, which cost me time and money but serve you well so I am happy to offer them. Please understand I have blocked out and devoted a good part (if not all) of the day to conduct YOUR checkride therefore the fee is paid at the commencement of the practical test appointment and prior to conducting any testing. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled test start time (other than for unforeseen circumstances) are subject to a cancellation fee. I do not want to have to impose cancellation fees; keeping me informed of any issues as test day approaches and coming eligible and prepared for the checkride are the best ways to avoid a cancellation fee. DPE availability is scarce on a national level. A scheduled test block could have been used by another applicant if a cancellation had been timely. Please be courteous. Let me know if you have any questions about these policies and the costs for your test. 

Acceptable payment methods are Cash (USD); Guaranteed Funds (Cashier's or Treasurer's Check); Credit Card; Personal or Business Check. I will advise you of the required method of payment but please don't hesitate to let me know if you have a preference so that I can try to accommodate your request.


Base Fees.....​(fee for the applicable service listed below before adding any surcharges that apply)

Sport Pilot Airplane:  $600

Recreational Pilot Airplane:  $600

Private Pilot Airplane:  $700 Single Engine        $800 Multi Engine 

Commercial Pilot Airplane:  $700 Single Engine        $800 Multi Engine            

Instrument Rating Airplane:  $700 in a Single Engine        $800 in a Multi Engine

ATP Airplane (coming soon):  $900 Single Engine        $1000 Multi Engine       

CFI Airplane:  $1200 Single Engine        $1300 Multi Engine        CFI Reinstatement:  70% of Initial Fee          

Add On Rating to Sport, Private, Commercial & ATP:  80% of Initial Fee        Add On Ratings to CFI:  70% of Initial Fee  

Retest after Failure from another examiner (within 60 days of Notice of Disapproval):  $425 minimum*

Retest after Failure from me (within 60 days of Notice of Disapproval):  $325 minimum*

Continuance (within 60 days of Letter of Discontinuance):  $225 minimum (no fee if discontinuance for my needs)**

Administrative Applications (no practical test):  Student Pilot Certificate $150; all others $250 minimum for each application 

Surcharges.....(add to the Base Fee to compute the Total Checkride Amount)

Travel Surcharge (test not at 1N7):  $1.50 per nm straight line (not road miles) round trip, as per quote, minimum $40****          Airport Surcharge (test not at 1N7):  Amount varies by airport, as per quote, minimum $10****

Tailwheel Aircraft Surcharge (using tailwheel aircraft on the test):  $50

Additional Aircraft Surcharge (using more than one aircraft on the test):  $100 each additional aircraft

Non use of IACRA Surcharge (using paper 8710):  $50 if 8710 prefilled with applicant info; $150 if must be filled in at test  

Non Cash or Non Guaranteed Funds Surcharge (other than Cash, Cashier's or Treasurer's Check):  $25 credit; $75 check

Credit Card Bank Imposed Surcharge (fee I pay to bank for credit card processing):  3% dip/swipe; 4% manual entry

Cancellation Fee / Reschedule Credit.....(ranges from no fee to full fee, with 25% credit; see below for details)

Cancellation more than 48 hours before scheduled start time:  No Fee

Cancellation within 48 hours of scheduled start time:  $125 due unless cancellation for unforeseen circumstances*** 

On Test Day:  Full Fee & appropriate Surcharges due; 25% courtesy credit may be applied to rescheduled checkride fee***    

Fee & Surcharge Details.....

*RETEST FEE:  For a retest after failure within 60 days of Notice of Disapproval (NOD) from another examiner, the minimum fee is $425. If the retest is within 60 days for an NOD issued by me the minimum fee is $325. 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 the date of the NOD.

**CONTINUANCE FEE:  For the continuation of a practical test within 60 days for a Letter of Discontinuance (LOD) issued by me the minimum fee is $225. A fee up to the full test fee may be required based upon what remains to be completed and why the initial test was discontinued. No fee will be imposed if the discontinuance was out of the applicant's control and necessitated by reasons of my own. The full test fee applies to all tests conducted after 60 days from the date of the LOD.

***CANCELLATION FEE / RESCHEDULE CREDIT:  Cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled test start time (except for unforeseen circumstances) are subject to a $125 fee. For cancellations on test day (applicant cancels, no shows, arrives too late to begin, is found ineligible, presents an unairworthy aircraft, lacks required items, OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON is unable or unwilling to begin the test) then the fee is 100% of full checkride fee, plus surcharges if applicable. As a courtesy, 25% may be deducted from the base fee if a rescheduled practical is conducted within 60 days. The reduced fee will be paid on the new checkride date. The net result with a reschedule is that the cancellation fee is 75%, not 100%. However, lets work together so we don't have to deal with untimely cancellations. DO YOUR PART to avoid a cancellation fee by keeping me informed if you think you may cancel and being completely ready to go on the date of the practical test.

****TRAVEL & AIRPORT SURCHARGES:  If the checkride is conducted at other than 1N7 the travel and airport surcharges will apply. The travel surcharge is calculated at $1.50 per nautical mile straight line round trip from 1N7; minimum $40. The airport surcharge covers incidental expenses as well as any costs imposed by the airport; minimum $10. Custom travel surcharge quotes will be provided for practical tests beyond 160 nm round trip or when overnight accommodations will be required. Travel discounts may be arranged for high volume checkrides.

MY DPE PLEDGE TO APPLICANTS:     I WILL PROVIDE DPE SERVICES WITH FULL TRANSPARENCY IN MY POLICIES; PROMPT COMMUNICATIONS; EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION; CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS; AND A CHECKRIDE GOVERNED NOT BY PERSONAL PREDILECTIONS BUT BY OBJECTIVE EVALUATION ACCORDING TO THE ACS / PTS.                                                                                                                                                                     FAA Designated Pilot Examiner...…….Geoffrey Orlandi





                                 BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ON YOUR CHECKRIDE


                                                 RECENT CHECKRIDE SUCCESS STORIES    


Applicant:   John Norton

Date:   August 6, 2020

Location:   Queen City, PA (XLL)

Cert/Rating:   Sport Pilot


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

1st Checkride Success Story...

Applicant:   Thomas Tolento (L)

Date:   July 2, 2019

Location:   Blairstown, NJ (1N7)

Cert/Rating:   Instrument Rating

Applicant:   Ryan Salle (L)

Date:   July 24, 2020

Location:   Greenwood Lake, NJ (4N1)

Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine

Applicant:   Colt Stuckey

Date:   March 11, 2020

Location:   Allentown, PA (ABE)

Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine 

DPE / Commercial Services


Applicant:   Kevin Cazenas

Date:   August 3, 2020

Location:   Somerset, NJ (SMQ)

Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine

Applicant:   Ashley Devine

Date:   July 22, 2020

Location:   Morristown, NJ (MMU)

Cert/Rating:   Commercial Multi add on

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.

Applicant:   Steve Vecerina

Date:   March 16, 2020

Location:   Sky Manor, NJ (N40)

Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine

Applicant:   Kevin Spencer

Date:   March 26, 2020

Location:   Morristown, NJ (MMU)

Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine

Applicant:   Garrett Schneider

Date:   July 20, 2020

Location:   Morristown, NJ (MMU)

Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine

Wheels move the body.....Wings move the soul

Applicant:   Dave LaGatta

Date:   April 6, 2020

Location:   Trenton, NJ (TTN)

Cert/Rating:   Instrument Rating

Mailing address:
140 Kerrs Corner Rd.
Blairstown, NJ 07825

Applicant:   Carlos Daza

Date:   August 6, 2020

Location:   Morristown, NJ (MMU)

Cert/Rating:   Instrument Rating

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.

Training / Rentals / DPE / Scenic Air Tours      

Applicant:   Fred Deserio (L)

Date:   March 14, 2020

​Location:   Morristown, NJ (MMU)

​Cert/Rating:   Private Single Engine 

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