We've been hearing about it for months and it is finally out! N8900.485 - Removal of Designated Pilot Examiner Geographic Limitations and Other Restrictions
Per the Notice, Geographical Limitations and other Restrictions removed becomes effective Oct 2, 2018.
Here are a few Specific point that will affect all DPEs.
a. No Geopgrapic Limitaions: With a few restrictions, a DPE may test anywhere in the US or its territories.
b. Initial Flight Instructor Tests: Initial CFI applicants may contact the DPE directly to schedule an initial CFI check ride. Note: The DPE must have the authority to conduct initial CFI rides.
c. Number of Tests Allowed Daily. DPEs are allowed to conduct up to three tests per day without additional approval and that there will be no limit on the number of retests that can be conducted per day. Initial tests, discontinuances, and continuations are all considered practical tests. There is no limit to the number of administrative applications a DPE may process in a calendar-day (e.g., foreign pilot applications, second-in-command (SIC) type rating applications, student pilot application reviews, etc.).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call