In a previous blog we disclosed the dramatic “crisis of qualification” among applicants for practical tests. Senior DPEs at an OSH 22 meeting with the FAA estimated that 1/5th of test applicants fail to qualify to begin their practical tests due to insufficient (or poorly documented) flight experience and/or incorrect endorsements. This is a huge monetary and psychological blow to an eager applicant but is also a tragic waste of DPE availability. A 20% waste of DPE appointments severely damages the testing system stretched thin with record pilot training and testing. We need to optimize every available testing opportunity in this growing pilot environment. Training and recommending flight test applicants is a critical CFI skill that obviously needs improvement in the industry.
To help solve this problem, SAFE has created a series of “All-In-One” qualification templates available free to CFIs (and applicants). Each pdf contains all the required experience in a checklist format. Each pdf also includes the required CFI endorsements at the top of each sheet. This probably is not “foolproof” but if used properly, should come pretty close to eliminating this sad situation. These tools can eliminate unqualified applicants if CFIs apply this tool conscientiously.
These pdfs are available on the (free) SAFE Toolkit App and also on the SAFE Website. The SAFE Toolkit App also contains more extensive guidance on the practical tests in an area called “Checkride Ready!™”. This is currently available for private, instrument and commercial-level practical tests. The SAFE Toolkit was originally designed as a guide for all CFIs preparing applicants for tests. It has incrementally been expanded to provide advice for applicants as well as weekly information to pilots at all levels seeking to increase their professionalism. Here are simple instructions to print these from your phone using the SAFE Toolkit App
Touch/hold to see “open link” (in browser), then from the browser “open page options” and select “print.” Look for a local air printer or send this pdf to your laptop with a utility like airdrop, mail or message.
We just ordered 6″ all-weather vinyl stickers with the SAFE logo designed for use on aircraft. These will be available at Sun ‘N Fun at the SAFE booth stop by the Hangar C, #19/20 for a sticker (and lots of other bling). If you are a member, please attend our FREE member breakfast. Reserve a seat here (before they are all gone). Fly safely out there (and often).
Enjoy the new courses available to members on the new safe website. And please download and use the (free) SAFE Toolkit App. This contains all the references a working CFI needs plus provides continuously new safety content.
SAFE developed an insurance program just for CFIs! When you are an independent CFI, you are a business (and have legal exposure). This program is the most reasonable but also comprehensive insurance plan you can have (and every agent is a pilot!)