FAA Practical Exams
Offering a variety of FAA Practical Exams throughout the Valley of the Sun.
Aviation Safety Education
Offering safety and standards related lectures and seminars
Airline Captain and Designated Pilot ExaminerMeet Chip Bornstein
Chip Bornstein is a designated pilot examiner (DPE) in Arizona and has been a flight instructor for over 43 years. He also flies as a captain for a major airline on the Boeing 777. He has worked as an airline flight safety manager, accident investigator, check airman, assistant chief pilot, and a FAA enroute radar air traffic controller. Chip has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training.
Chip is very fair, and he ensures you know the material by digging deeper into your answers to see that you know the reasons behind every concept, and that you know information further than basic rote memorization. I felt completely comfortable during the flight portion with Chip as well. I HIGHLY recommend Chip Bornstein for any checkride!!
I took a checkride with him in early 2018, He was very upfront with his expectations and the costs of the ride. When I got into the Private pilot oral with him he didn’t treat it as a test, more like ‘Hanger flying’ that I know personally helped my nerves as a 18 year old student pilot out a ton.
While in the ride with him he never made it feel like you were being examined, just more along the lines of going up with any other pilot to show what you know (Which is what a checkride is somewhat supposed to be)
“I have to admit I was incredibly nervous going into my Private Pilot Check ride. Chip made me feel at ease right from the start. His style made me feel like I was hanging out with one of my dad’s buddies just talking airplane stuff. I ended up doing my PPL, IR, and CPL with him. Here is the deal, if you know your stuff, you will do just fine with Chip as your Examiner. It won’t even feel like a “checkride.”
Was it a simple matter of pilot error? The evidence was clear that he knew about the ice and snow on his aircraft and that he was aware of the hazards associated with attempting the takeoff under those conditions. Perhaps the investigative team could simply go through the motions of evaluating the wreckage, interviewing witnesses,October 5, 2023
Let us start with a few basic tips on how to pass your FAA Practical Test (Checkride). First, it is worth noting that it is just that, a practical test. Although memorizing acronyms, lists, and regulations may help you prepare (especially for the written test), the check ride is designed to evaluate your ability toOctober 5, 2023
When your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) or Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) shares some knowledge or experience, it may help you pass the practical test (checkride). Of course, if that’s all it does it wouldn’t have long-lasting value. What would help you more is information that both helps you pass the exam and permanently enhances yourSeptember 25, 2023