What to bring:

  • Make sure to bring all required documents:
    • ​​Photo ID
    • Medical (1,2,3 class, BasicMed, Military, if required)
    • Pilot certificate (student or greater)
    • Logbook(s) to validate your aeronautical experience and knowledge requirements.
    • Knowledge test results
    • Part 141 Graduation certificate (if applicable)
    • Required endorsements:
      • ​​Knowledge Test remediation (61.39)
      • Practical Test (prepared for test)
      • Training within 60 days
      • Other endorsements required
    • Validation (foreign students)
    • 8710 filled out with recommending instructor (print in case IACRA is down)
    • Aircraft documents:
      • BRING the registration and airworthiness certificate into the briefing room with you. 
      • Required documents (AROW)
      • Maintenance logbooks
        • Annual inspection
        • Transponder (if required)
        • Static (if required)
        • 100 hour inspection (if required)
        • AD compliance record
      • AFM or POH
      • Aircraft suitable for practical test
    • Applicant equipment:
      • View limiting device (if applicable)
      • Current charts (EFB or paper)
      • Plotter, etc
      • Flight plan form (if applicable)
      • Chart supplement
      • EFB (if applicable)

Types of Practical Exams that can be conducted:

  • Private Pilot: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land**
  • Instrument Rating: Mutli-Engine and Single-Engine
  • ​Commercial Pilot: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land
  • ATP: Multi-Engine Land
  • Administrative DPE 
  • Ground Instructor
  • Flight Instructor Add-On: Instrument, Airplane
  • ​Part 107 Remote Pilot

** Multi Engine land can only be accomplished in the following twins: BE50 BE55, BE58, PA30, PA34, BN2P

How to be prepared for success:


We both want you to walk out with a temporary airman certificate!


Being prepared sets a positive tonefor the practical exam and ensures we can start and finish on time, especially with limited daylight hours coming up.


​Some tips to ensure that it all goes smoothly:

  • Come to the briefing room with all required documents. This includes the airworthiness and registration certificates from the plane.
  • Ensure the aeronautical experience requirements  and endorsements are easy to find in your logbook (or tabbed).
  • The oral portion of the exam will be tailored to your experience, background, and the deficient areas on your knowledge test. Make sure you are proficient in the areas missed on your knowledge test!
  • If you will be using a reference publication or tool (such as an EFB), make sure you know how to use it and find the information you're looking for.


The practical exam is meant to evaluate your knowledge, risk management, and skills as outlined in the ACS - it’s not to trick you or make the tasks arbitrarily difficult. The goal is to evaluate you how you would fly in real life, and therefore there are no restrictions on the use of any tools you choose to use. See below on guidelines concerning the use of EFBs.

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  • ​Designated Pilot Examiner (Houston - SW09)
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  • Chief Pilot for FullThrottle Aviation
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  • Gold Seal Flight Instructor
  • ​FAA Safety Team Lead Representative (FAASTeam)
  • 2019 FAASTeam Representative of the Year - Houston District
  • 2020 FAASTeam Representative of the Year - Philadelphia
  • Transatlantic/International ferry pilot - U.S., Europe, Central America
  • Flown 150 different models of aircraft in 22 different countries
  • Pilot licenses in 4 countries : USA, Canada, Belize, Iceland (EASA)
  • B-757, B-767, B-737, and CL-65 type rating
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The most important elements of aviation safety are safe, proficient, and well-trained pilots!

Current Notices:

  • ​​​​The preferred method of communication and scheduling is email, which will be responded to much more quickly than voice.
  • I am only scheduling tests at Houston Executive Airport (KTME) unless a prior arrangement with your flight school is made.

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Request a Practical Exam:

Note: as soon as your exam is scheduled, you will receive a follow up email which will ask for you to send some required documents, as well as an email detailing the scenario to prepare for the practical exam.

Email: sarahrovnerdpe@gmail.com

Call/Text: ‭(832) 464-5995‬

 Sarah Rovner

Designated Pilot Examiner

Houston Executive Airport (KTME)

1900 Cardiff Road

​Brookshire, TX 77423

About your Examiner

If you are requesting a practical test, please fill out the following form. You will receive a confirmation email when it is scheduled.

More Details:

  • Please let the examiner know in advance if the aircraft will be changing.​
  • The aircraft must be suitable for the practical exam. For example, if conducting an instrument exam, the aircraft must be capable of the required instrument approaches.
  • NOTE: Multiengine airplanes MUST be capable of performing all required maneuvers in the ACS. If the ACS requires a shut down and restart, the aircraft must be capable of performing this.


EFB Use:
EFB usage will be allowed to meet all ACS tasks, but the GPS function must be turned off for tasks in which you will be  evaluated on for pilotage, dead reckoning, and your use of approved equipment for navigation. After those ACS tasks are evaluated, you can use the EFB as you choose. All equipment in the airplane is allowed to be used, however you may be evaluated on systems failures and malfunctions as detailed in the ACS. If using an EFB, it is recommended that you also bring a form of backup, in the event of a failure of your EFB. If your EFB fails due to heat, dead battery, or mechanical failure and the required ACS tasks are unable to evaluated, then that will result in an unsatisfactory outcome. All electronic devices must comply with 91.21.


Payment:

Payment can be made with an electronic transfer (wire, Zelle, Venmo) or cash. Credit cards may be used for an additional 5%.


Invoicing will be completed shortly after the practical exam and you will receive a receipt. Please let the examiner know if you require any additional expense/receipt documentation for taxes, scholarships, other organizations, etc.

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