FAA Pilot Examiner
Private Pilot
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William Baumheuter
FAA Designated Pilot Examiner



Best method to contact me is by email

My policy on the use of Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) devices during FAA Practical Tests

This includes the use of iPad's, other tablets, plus any electronic E6B type devices meant for use in aviation as well as the use of the panel mounted electronic displays

iPad as an Electronic Flight Bag - My Recommendations

Use of EFB during FAA Practical Test for Private and Commercial ASEL or AMEL (Initial Issuance)
PowerPoint Presentation
Training Tools
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In order to minimize errors on the application for an Airman Certificate and/or Rating, all applications are to be completed using IACRA.

A paper copy of the completed IACRA generated 8710-1 (or 8710-11) should also be printed and  signed by your recommending instructor (in case there is no internet access on the day of your test)
Please click here to help ensure that your paperwork is completed properly

FAA Designated Pilot Examiner Practical Test Fees
(as of 01/01/2020)

Payment methods accepted:
Cash, PayPal, and the following Credit and Debit Cards:
Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express and Apple Pay

(No checks)
Paypal Verified Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express
Sport Pilot Airplane Initial Issuance $500
Private Pilot ASEL or AMEL Initial Issuance $500
Commercial Pilot ASEL or AMEL Initial Issuance $500

Instrument Airplane Rating


Private, Commercial Additional Class Rating AMEL


Private, Commercial Additional Class Rating ASEL

Flight Instructor Airplane Multi-engine Additional Rating
Flight Instructor Airplane Instrument Airplane Additional Rating
(I am not authorized to conduct practical tests for the
Initial Issuance of  Flight Instructor Certificates, just additional ratings)
Flight Instructor Airplane Renewal/Reinstatement $500***
Airline Transport Pilot ASEL, AMEL Initial or Additional Issuance $600
Retesting (I administered the original test) $75/HR
These rates are for tests administered at KCPS. If I must travel to your airport, there may be an additional charge that varies based on the distance

 I am currently designated to administer FAA Practical Tests in any Single-Engine Land airplane and
Multi-engine Practical Tests in the Piper PA-23-250, PA-44 series, Cessna 310 series, 414 series, 421 series, Beech 58 series, Aerostar 602P.

All FAA Practical Tests I administer are a separate function from my duties as the Chief Flight Instructor at Parks College of St. Louis University

***All practical tests for Flight Instructors are considered to be a Flight Review I/A/W FAR 61.56 (d) (2)***

Additional Tips:

 Required Aircraft Inspections FAQ
Example Minimum Equipment List Maintenance Records and the Pilot Applicant
 LAHSO (powerpoint)