Designated Pilot Examiner

Howard can give Practical Tests (check rides) for  Sport Pilot, Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Certificates (Airplane Single Engine Land and Airplane Single Engine Sea Category and Class), and for the Airplane Instrument Rating, and for CFI renewal/reinstatement and additional SEL class and for CFI-Instrument.  He can also issue 14 CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificates for pilots who hold a Part 61 Pilot Certificate with a current Flight Review.

Practical Tests can be given at any airport under the jurisdictions of Seattle FSDO (NM01) which includes all airports West of the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean, and South of the Canadian border to KTDO (South Lewis Co). Howard will travel to any location specified by the Applicant and there is no charge for this travel by Howard to the selected location. All Practical Exams are given per the published FAA Practical Test Standards / Airman Certification Standards which can be found at: FAA_PTS

The Applicant’s CFI has determined that the Applicant meets all requirements of the Certificate or Rating and is qualified per the PTS/ACS.  Thus, the Practical Test is a “Quality Control” check to verify that the Applicant can apply his or her knowledge and skills in a practical way, and fly safely per the minimum standards established in the PTS.

Applicants should reserve 6 hours for the typical Practical Test, but most are completed in 4 to 5 hours.  (The application for Remote Pilot can be processed in about 30 minutes or less).  Bring a snack, lunch, or dinner, as breaks will be taken as needed and this is a Practical Test, not an endurance exam.  A private room needs to be available for the Practical Test at the location selected by the Applicant.  Applicants should be well prepared and rested, and all Applicants will receive an efficient, fair and professional test.  Perfection is not the standard and those Applicants that meet the Standards will receive the Temporary Airmen Certificate for the Certificate or Rating that is sought immediately at the end of the test. Instruction by the Examiner is prohibited during the test, but there will be a thorough debrief of strengths and weaknesses at the end of the Practical Test.  After the test is commenced, if there are mechanical difficulties with the aircraft, unexpected weather, or either the Examiner or Applicant become ill, the test may be Discontinued and resumed at a future date without penalty and without additional fee.  Applicants are required to provide an Airworthy Certified aircraft for the Practical Test that has dual controls, is equipped with required operational flight instruments and navigation/radio equipment, and that has no limitations with respect to performing the tasks required by the PTS.  The fee for the Practical Test may be paid by cash, by personal check, or via credit card, and if paid by credit card the fee will include a 3% transaction cost.  Fees will be discussed and established during the required telephone conversation with Howard that is used to confirm the schedule for the Practical Test.

Applicants for Certificates and Ratings should be careful to comply with all aircraft Limitations found in the applicable AFM/POH. Particularly for Instrument Rating Practical Exams, candidates should be familiar with the FAA guidance with respect to the typical aircraft limitation that prohibits “flight into known icing” that can be found at: Known Icing Interpretation 1-16-2009  Other resources that may be helpful to the Applicant, such as Understanding Airworthiness,  can be found on the Resources tab of this web site.

Applicants for a certificate or rating should complete the Applicant Information form (using either format) available on the links below, forward to Howard via Email (,  and then contact Howard by telephone (425-761-4729) to schedule the desired Practical Test:

Applicant Information for the FAA Practical Exam with DPE Howard Wolvington – PDF format

Applicant Information for the FAA Practical Exam with DPE Howard Wolvington – MS Word format