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    Question DPE in Anchorage?

    I am getting close to being ready for my private pilot check ride, any recommendations for DPE's in and around the Anchorage area? Experiences good & bad? I have my own Cessna 150, but I'm 215 so I would need a small examiner or have to rent a 172. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by onebadjudge70 View Post
    I am getting close to being ready for my private pilot check ride, any recommendations for DPE's in and around the Anchorage area? Experiences good & bad? I have my own Cessna 150, but I'm 215 so I would need a small examiner or have to rent a 172. Thanks
    Can you tell us your secrets to a long life? You don't look a a day over 150. Try Aero Tech. The owner handles the ck rides, and I doubt he weighs more than 120 Lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim in anchorage View Post
    Can you tell us your secrets to a long life? You don't look a a day over 150. Try Aero Tech. The owner handles the ck rides, and I doubt he weighs more than 120 Lbs
    Pray he doesn't fall asleep on your ride....

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    Quote Originally Posted by akav8r View Post
    Pray he doesn't fall asleep on your ride....
    I'm always praying the examiner DOES fall asleep!
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    Many years ago while doing my instrument training, my instructor had been on an all night bender before we did a HOOD long cross country. He was really quite for over an hour and I peeked out from under the hood. He was passed out while I was tooling along at 10,000 (C-182) following a flight plan. I just kept going along and landed at our next stop. He never woke up, so after a snack and bathroom break I took off for the return trip. His company fired him a week or so later. I guess that counted as real IFR...
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    I don't think Dick Ardez at Aero Tech is a DPE anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onebadjudge70 View Post
    I am getting close to being ready for my private pilot check ride, any recommendations for DPE's in and around the Anchorage area? Experiences good & bad? I have my own Cessna 150, but I'm 215 so I would need a small examiner or have to rent a 172. Thanks
    OK, probably a dumb question but since I am interested in getting my pilot's license, I missed the "215" in the above question. Is this his weight and if so is the limit on the 150 that close? I have a friend who wants to sell me a 150 and I weigh 225#'s. ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tralika View Post
    I don't think Dick Ardez at Aero Tech is a DPE anymore.
    Really? I still see him in the office. Maybe he finally lost his medical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markopolo50 View Post
    OK, probably a dumb question but since I am interested in getting my pilot's license, I missed the "215" in the above question. Is this his weight and if so is the limit on the 150 that close? I have a friend who wants to sell me a 150 and I weigh 225#'s. ???

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    I don't have a 150 POH handy but I recall they have 600lbs or so useful load. Can get pretty close with a passenger and full fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim in anchorage View Post
    I don't have a 150 POH handy but I recall they have 600lbs or so useful load. Can get pretty close with a passenger and full fuel.
    I knew they had to have a weight limit and didn't take into account the fuel also. I should have remembered this as a neighbor had a "flying boat" and he and I weighed about the same and the limit was 500#'s, including fuel. He said we needed to lose some weight and he would take me up. Never did. Picture of a flying boat like he had.

    http://flyingboatinfo.com/used/PICT0026.JPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by markopolo50 View Post
    I knew they had to have a weight limit and didn't take into account the fuel also. I should have remembered this as a neighbor had a "flying boat" and he and I weighed about the same and the limit was 500#'s, including fuel. He said we needed to lose some weight and he would take me up. Never did. Picture of a flying boat like he had.

    http://flyingboatinfo.com/used/PICT0026.JPG

    Thanks, Mark
    From the looks of that thing you may be lucky it never happened. I learned in the 150/152 and had some pretty hefty CFIs and never had a problem, alhough the extended range model[36 gal] sure used a lot of runway with a passenger and full fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Many years ago while doing my instrument training, my instructor had been on an all night bender before we did a HOOD long cross country. He was really quite for over an hour and I peeked out from under the hood. He was passed out while I was tooling along at 10,000 (C-182) following a flight plan. I just kept going along and landed at our next stop. He never woke up, so after a snack and bathroom break I took off for the return trip. His company fired him a week or so later. I guess that counted as real IFR...
    So much for the phrase "safety pilot" on a under the hood simulated IMC flight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tralika View Post
    I don't think Dick Ardez at Aero Tech is a DPE anymore.
    I don't know why, but yeah, his DPE got pulled by the FAA. However, it seems he's back in business b/c I know of another DPE in Anchorage who just gave him a checkride last week (which he apparently passed). He's gotta be pushing 90!

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    I also heard that the FAA pulled Dick Lockner's DPE...

    While on paper a lack of DPEs looks good for retaining a large FED staff at FSDO, but if they don't watch out they may actually have to leave the office and do something.
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    Heidi Ruess...took my ride with here in April and it was very straight forward. No surprises, we just worked through the PTS.

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    Heidi gave me my tail wheel endorsement back in Jan. What a great person! Don't let her grandmotherly appearance and demeanor fool you. She can handle an airplane like it's nobody's business. I think she would be a great examiner.
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