The final oral exam and flight test (check ride) for each pilot certificate course is usually conducted by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. Steve Shaner was a former FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for over 32 years. Steve conducts all of the flight and ground instruction at American Air Flight Training. Steve is a veteran flight instructor and has given hundreds of check rides and practice check rides to students from several schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area. This has helped produce great results for all participating students on FAA check rides with their examiners. They get a realistic look at what it’s like to take the practical test with a real FAA examiner.
Students who have invested in this valuable exercise are better prepared and are more relaxed going in for the official test. Also, there is less likelihood that a paper work problem will occur. The practice check ride is conducted just like a real test and careful notes are taken on every item tested, which are given to the student and the instructor at the end of the session. Steve also goes over the results with the student and the instructor in detail with helpful suggestions as appropriate. Students typically learn a great deal from this experience. All students enrolled in a course at American Air will get to take a practice checkride at the end of the course with Steve before they go in for the real test.
Steve can conduct practice FAA Practical Tests for:
- Private Pilot ASEL
- Instrument – Airplane
- Commercial Pilot ASEL
- Multiengine Ratings in – Piper Seminole, Aztec, Seneca I – V, Twin Comanche, Beech Duchess, Baron 55, Cessna 310.
- Flight Instructor – initial, renewal and reinstatement – Airplane
- Flight Instructor – Instrument Airplane
- Flight Instructor – Multiengine
- Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
- Wheelchair Pilot – Private or Instrument
The rate for Steve’s ground and flight time is $190.00. If a customer aircraft is used, Steve’s ground rate is still $180/hour and flight rate is $220/hour. Aircraft rental is available at additional cost. Depending on the type of test and the amount of post –test ground instruction necessary, the session could last anywhere from 5 hours (ATP) to 8 hours (CFI), (flight portion typically 2.2 – 2.7 hours).
A student may choose to only look at the ground or the flight instead of both or to just get a sampling of each to reduce cost.