NDPER Examiners Hold Annual Meeting at EAA

    February 4, 2009 – Members of the National Designated Pilot Examiners Registry (NDPER) met at EAA’s Aviation Center in Oshkosh on January 17th for their annual training session. NDPER is responsible for maintaining a cadre of designated pilot examiners with expertise in vintage, multi-engine, piston-powered aircraft such as the B-17, C-47/DC-3, B-25 and others. Their job (along with the National Designated Flight Engineer Examiner Registry-NDFEER) is to ensure that pilots and flight engineers needing type ratings in the rare, historic aircraft and Warbirds can continue to get checked out. As many FAA inspectors experienced in these types of aircraft retire, the NDPER group’s task becomes even more important to the warbird and vintage community. Topics discussed during the session included examiner currency requirements; check ride policies and procedures; FAA and TSA reporting procedures; and aviation safety topics.

    Verne Jobst, NDPER Program Manager added, “We have an excellent group of examiners. This year we are pleased to announce Stewart Dawson from Celina, TX has joined the group.”

    Attendees at the 2009 NDPER annual meeting in Oshkosh were (l to r): Front Row: Stewart Dawson; Bill Fischer, Program Administrator; Martha Lunkin. Middle Row: Verne Jobst, Program Manager; Dave Kelley; Bill Blaugher, Chief Pilot. Back Row: Bob Davis; Les Salz; Bob Steenbock; Bob Harper; and Ray Stinchcomb, FAA rep.

    Jobst also noted, “The NDPER group has the authority to conduct check rides across the nation. This authority is good, but requires some pre-planning and coordination. Pilot should contact the NDPER well in advance to make the appropriate arrangements.”

    For a complete list of NDPERS’s and more information on the program visit: NDPER Link

    “The NDPER training session is an excellent opportunity for this group of DPEs to meet and discuss the policies, procedures and issues that affect the program,” said NDPER Program Administrator Bill Fischer. “It’s critical that owners and operators of these multi-engine vintage aircraft have the proper resources in order to maintain their flight privileges. The NDPER group fulfills that need.” EAA Warbirds of America is working hard to insure the program continues to serve this segment of the aviation community.



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