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CFI Initial Checkride with 2 FAA guy

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I recently scheduled for the CFI initial checkride with FSDO, and I was told that two FAA inspectors will show up for my checkride. Maybe one is actually conducting the exam, and the other is supervising. I feel kind of stressful to have two examiners on the most difficult checkride, and I also heard both of them will ride on the airplane on that day. It will change the flight characteristics too:( Does anyone have this kind of experience?? or any idea??


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    Kris Kortokrax on Jul 12, 2012

    Most likely one inspector is a new hire and is being trained.  The other inspector would be there to observe the first one.  They are not ganging up on you.  It has happened before.
    On my Multi ATP ride, the examiner was being observed by an FAA inspector.  Just go fly as you would if only one inspector were present.  If you are prepared, there should be no problem.

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  2. Jonathan Silva on Jul 12, 2012

    As with what Kris said, one examiner is either being trained, or undergoing evaluation himself. You do have the option to reschedule the flight if having the other examiner with you would make too much of a difference, (or if you feel it is just too uncomfortable). 

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  3. Pete Kemble on Jul 13, 2012

    Regarding flying characteristics, one day your student will show up with a family member / friend who wants to come along. Treat this like that – you know your airplane; do a quick mental weight and balance, and then try to start the lesson with 1 student and end it with 2! 

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  4. CFI Academy on Jul 13, 2012

    I agree with all 3 above. Nothing to worry about. I have had students taking CFI checkride with a DPE, and an FAA inspector observing the DPE. lol. In these cases, I’d say the DPE is more worried than the CFI applicant. Good luck.

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  5. Cody on Jul 14, 2012

    Thank you so much for everyone!! your words made me feel good. What i will do is just being confident and do as usual. ill do my best!!

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  6. JDpilot on Jul 29, 2012

    I’m in the same boat, my checkride is in two weeks.

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  7. Jim Post on Nov 20, 2012

    Back when I got my CFI only GADO examiners gave CFI check rides and on my CFII checkride two examiners showed and ask me if it was OK if the second guy rode with us.

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