Pilots who received certificates from a certain designated pilot examiner (DPE) in Nevada may need to be reexamined. The FAA released Notice 8900.194 on July 13 to provide guidance to administration inspectors who may need to reexamine pilots whose certificates were approved by Edward Lane of Las Vegas. The notice evolved from an investigation that found “reason to believe that the competency of the airmen examined by DPE Lane from the period of September 2009 to October 2011… is in doubt.” The notice also said, because of evidence gathered during the investigation, the FAA has determined that these airmen will require reexamination of their competency (pursuant with 49 U.S.C. paragraph 44709) to ensure safety in air commerce. The FAA said any affected airmen refusing to surrender their current certificates for cancellation or downgrading after receiving a “44709 notification letter” will find themselves the recipients of enforcement actions. The agency did not release details in the seven-page notice as to what specifically led to the decision about DPE Lane. This FAA action is the second in three months in which a DPE’s check rides have been questioned.
9/26/2012 03:03:41 am
I am one of the hundreds that were given a checkride by DPE Edward L. Lane, I received a multi-engine rating from a well known accelerated flight school and now the rating that I have is null and void. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice that put me on the right path. I'm not wealthy and I paid a lot of money for that rating and now they are saying I just have to eat it, so if anyone can give me some advice please to. Thanks
9/27/2012 06:34:55 am
Sorry to hear that Andy. The FAA should have sent you a letter outlining your options. You don't have to "eat it" as you said. The FAA letter give you several options and since you said you took your training at a "well known accelerated flight school" I would contact them and ask them how they will help. If it's the flight school I'm thinking of, they use specific examiners. I don't know if they contract with them or what, but I know they don't let you pick the DPE. If they don't offer any help, I would suggest, politely, that they might be partly responsable for your situation. After all you sought out quality training expecting a good result on your checkride. Be assured, you are not the only one going through this. There might be others on the web that have found solutions to this problem.
9/27/2012 09:08:01 am
Thanks Chris, I did contact the school with my problem. And lets just say it was not the conversation I was expecting from a "professional" flight school. I told them my situation and they were aware it already. I asked them what they could help with to make it right, politely of course. They responded not so politely, by saying there was nothing they could do its not their problem. Seems to me that since they have their money from me and several hundred other students they couldn't care less. I asked if they would re-train me and they all but laughed at me and said and I quote "its a F.A.A. thing not our thing, sorry." So that is what I found out. Thank you for the advice and I am currently looking for a solution and others who are going through this.
9/27/2012 01:12:20 pm
Sorry to hear that. Let me know what happens.
10/1/2012 12:54:04 pm
I too am affected by this. Feel free to contact me Andy. I have no idea what to do, but we're in the same boat, almost exactly.
2/17/2013 05:59:55 am
Did this Edward "Lewis" Lane ever serve in the U.S.Navy at Pearl Harbor in 1952? Thanks.
2/17/2013 07:12:51 am
I don't know if that's the same guy or not.
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