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Designated Pilot Examiner

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The purpose of this website is to provide an open line of communication and feedback between the Pilot Examiner, Flight Instructor Community and the pilot Applicant. You'll find everything you need to know about check rides, endorsements, forms, what's new, etc.. on this site.

Effective October 2, 2018 the FAA have removed the geographical limitations for ALL Flight Standard Service DPEs. This modification provides DPEs with the ability to conduct tests anywhere within the United States and increases the limit for providing tests to three per day. no limits for retests.

I am available to give practical tests for RPC/sUAS, Sport, Private, Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot certificates. Also Additional Ratings such as Type Rating, Instrument, Multi-Engine, MEI, CFII, CFI,  CFI Renewal and CFI Reinstatement at the Schenectady County Airport. I will also travel to your local airport providing your facility offers a quiet, well-lighted space suited for the oral portion of the tests.

Testing must be scheduled so that the Oral and Flight portions of the test can be completed same day. However, if unexpected interruptions occur (weather, maintenance issues, etc.) these will be grounds for the issuance of a “Letter of Discontinuance”.

The FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) and (ACS) are the outline of knowledge and skill required within a fair and thorough evaluation. Flight instructors are urged to contact me for more information.


  • Airline Transport (ATP)

  • TYPE RATING (EA500, CE500)

  • FAR 61.58 Recurrencies

  • MEI

  • CFI

  • CFII

  • CFI Renewal/Reinstatement

  • Multi-Engine

  • Commercial

  • Instrument

  • Private

  • Recreational

  • Sport

  • RPC with sUAS


Fees are based for testing at Schenectady airport.

Additional charge for testing at any other airport to cover traveling expenses.






CFI Initial/Reinstatement:


MEI Initial/Add on:


CFI/MEI Renewal:


Sport, Recreational or Private:


Multi Engine Checkride:


Turbine and Jet Aircrafts Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Checkride:$1750

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Piston ASEL or AMEL Aircrafts Checkride:



Commercial/Instrument/AMEL,ASEL Add on:


Retest fees:


Discontinuances not due to weather:


19 Airport Road

Scotia, NY 1230

Cell: (518) 573-8534

Applicant's Practical Test Checklist

  • Appointment With Examiner:

  • Examiner's Name        Al Itani

  • Location                                         

  • Date/Time                                         

  • Acceptable Aircraft:Aircraft Documents:

  • Airworthiness Certificate

  • Registration Certificate

  • Operating Limitations

  • Aircraft Maintenance Records:

  • Logbook Record of Airworthiness Inspections and AD Compliance.

  • Pilot's Operating Handbook, FAA-Approved Airplane Flight Manual.

  • Personal Equipment:

  • View-Limiting Device

  • Current Aeronautical Charts

  • Computer and Plotter

  • Flight Plan Form

  • Flight Logs

  • Current AIM, Airport Facility Directory, and Appropriate Publications

  • Personal Records:

  • Identification - Photo/Signature ID

  • Pilot Certificate

  • Current medical Certificate

  • Completed FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application with Instructor's Signature (if applicable)

  • AC Form 8080-2, Airman Written Test Report, or Computer Test Report

  • Pilot Logbook with Appropriate Instructor Endorsements

  • FAA Form 8065-5, Notice of Disapproval (if applicable)

  • Approved School Graduation Certificate (if applicable)

  • Examiner's Fee (if applicable)

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