Three Pilot Examiners where sitting around drinking coffee on a rainy Saturday. With the checkrides scrubbed for the day the guys started comparing notes. The biggest problem that sets them off is when the applicant shows up and they're not qualified, missing endorsements or don't have the proper paperwork (knowledge test, medical cert) with. They all agreed that this is the fault of the recommending flight instructor. It truthfully does not start the checkride off on a good note.
One suggestion is to develop a checklist. Include the requirements, endorsements and stuff to take to the checkride. There's a list in everyone of the PTS. Some instructors have pre-printed endorsement stickers that they use. There more current than some of the log books. (I have a Word doc that is set up for stickers, email if you want some). If you discover your applicant is short a requirement or two, call the examiner ASAP. Most examiners are busy, don't waist their time. Most likely they can fit in another ride or go home and mow the lawn. Any way, If you have any question feel free to call your friendly, neighborhood Examiner!
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