NDPER Examiners Hold Annual Meeting at EAA

    January 22, 2007 - Members of the National Designated Pilot Examiners Registry (NDPER) met at EAA’s Aviation Center in Oshkosh last weekend 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 two-day session included examiner currency requirements; check ride policies and procedures; FAA and TSA reporting procedures; and aviation safety topics.

    “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 Manager Verne Jobst. “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."

    For more information on the National Designated Pilot Examiner program visit the EAA Warbirds of America website, www.warbirds-eaa.org, and look under the Programs tab.

    Attendees at the 2007 NDPER annual meeting in Oshkosh were (seated, l to r)
    Bill Fischer, Program Administrator; Verne Jobst, Program Manager; Bill Blaugher,
    Chief Pilot; (standing) Bob Davis; Les Salz (NDPE applicant); Bob Harper;
    Martha Lunkin, (NDPE applicant); Bob Steenbock; and Dave Kelly, (NDPE applicant).



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