So the other day, I went into my local FSDO to get my temporary certificate for my AGI (easiest license I think I’ll ever get ). Anyway, the Inspector who was assigned to me to review my test scores/sign my certificate asked me about my future plans, and I was happy to tell him about my start date with ATP. He had nothing but good things to say about the program and knew quite a few graduates, even though he had gone the aviation university route. I asked him about the whole “examiner shortage” deal, and he confirmed that it is pretty bad right now. He then said that a great way to save some cash during flight training is by using FAA Inspectors instead of DPE’s since they are government employed and don’t charge.
This guy was super helpful and we had a good chat about all things aviation. It’s funny because all the guys at my local flying club stereotype the Inspectors as bitter guys who are looking for ways to bust unsuspecting students on check rides. So I was just wondering, did any of you former/current students ever use an FAA Inspector for a check ride at ATP? I’m not even sure that ATP allows students that option, as they say to put aside a couple thousand for the DPE cost. I mean, heck, our tax dollars pay their salaries, so we may as well use them, right?