On October 5, 2018, Congress enacted the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (P.L 115-254). Section 319 (Designated Pilot Examiner Reforms) of P.L. 115-254 requires the Administrator assign to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee the task of reviewing all regulations and policies related to designated pilot examiners appointed under section 183.23 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations.
On June 20, 2019, the FAA assigned this task to ARAC, which ARAC designated to the Designated Pilot Examiner Reforms Working Group.
Over the past 18 months, the DPERWG has been engaged in the development of recommendations to the ARAC on the most effective ways to identify areas of needed reform with respect to regulatory and policy changes necessary to ensure an adequate number of designated pilot examiners (DPE) are deployed and available to perform their duties to meet the growing public need. The members of the group were selected for their diverse background and expertise as DPEs across the country. Fixed wing, gliders, hot air balloons, rotorcraft, warbirds, large and small flight training operations, air carrier, and even an examiner with NVG experience make up the wide array of expertise within this group of volunteers.
DPEs are encouraged to review this document.