g38
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SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:01 pm

I just recently passed my private pilot check ride, and I'd really like to go rent a Skyhawk and go do some local flying, however...

My temporary certificate says "certificate number pending" I asked my CFI what this meant and how I'd log time... he didn't know, but said he thought this meant that I could fly, but not as sole occupant.

Does anyone know where I could find the answer to this question?

I'd ask around at the airport, but my CFI is gone now (new job), and as I'm no longer currently enrolled in a flight course, good luck finding anyone who'll be willing to look into it for me.
 
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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:07 pm

First of all, Congrats!

Certificate number pending just means the FAA did not assign you a number yet. You will get a number once your certificate arrives in the mail (ive had them take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months, anything longer than 3 contact your examiner and they will address it).

Since you have successfully passed the private pilot checkride, you are now certified to log pilot in command time when you are acting as such.

I have been a CFI for almost 4 years so if you have any more questions feel free to ask!
 
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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:51 pm

Quoting g38 (Thread starter):
My temporary certificate says "certificate number pending" I asked my CFI what this meant and how I'd log time... he didn't know, but said he thought this meant that I could fly, but not as sole occupant.

You're a legal pilot. You can carry passengers or go solo. You just haven't received your license number yet.

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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:50 pm

One more note, if you're going to rent an airplane, you need to get in touch with them well ahead of time. They will require you to take a ride with one of their instructors before you can rent a plane. That is unless you did your training in one of their planes.....

Congratulations
 
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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:16 am

Quoting g38 (Thread starter):
he didn't know, but said he thought this meant that I could fly, but not as sole occupant.

You can absolutely fly as the sole occupant. I got my license on August 13th and I'm set to do a couple solos over the next couple of days. You just treat your temporary as a regular certificate and carry what you would normally have with you for the solos. Hopefully they won't take too long getting you your permanent. We're going on 40 days for me and still no sign of a permanent certificate. I've heard they are only up to July 25th so depending on when you completed your check ride you may have to wait a bit.
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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:38 am

First of all, congrats on passing your private! Now go get your instrument! 


I'll chime in with the rest here and say that your temporary license has exactly the same privileges as the permanent one.

Quoting g38 (Thread starter):
My temporary certificate says "certificate number pending" I asked my CFI what this meant and how I'd log time... he didn't know, but said he thought this meant that I could fly, but not as sole occupant.

I'm a bit worried by the fact that your CFI does not know this.

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 4):
We're going on 40 days for me and still no sign of a permanent certificate.

It took about two months for me, by which time I already had my IR so the whole process started again. And by the time I got that one I already had my CPL, so again... Finally up to date now. 

Having said that, the FAA seems way more efficient than some other authorities. You get your medicals and licenses on the spot, even if only temporary ones. You get exam results on the spot. You can fill in stuff on IACRA online. Compare with almost any authority and everything is lightning fast.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - John Ringo
 
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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:45 pm

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 5):
I'm a bit worried by the fact that your CFI does not know this.

Me too. Also sounds like he/she is trying to get a little extra time and money out of you or is just plain ignorant of the regulations. If you decide to pursue advanced ratings, you might want to find another instructor.

You are a private pilot. You may fly whatever single engine aircraft you wish with whomever you wish. With that said, you would be unwise to jump in an aircraft you're unfamiliar with and blast into the wild blue. If you did your training at an FBO, they shouldn't have a problem with you flying aircraft you did your training in and I think this would be the best bet for now regardless of flying solo or with friends as passengers. Get used to being the one in charge, without an instructor sitting to your right because there may be a moment when you have to think "what now?" and there isn't someone to help you.

As for the passengers, think twice before you take them if they are unsure. Nice fall mornings with calm winds are best for all parties involved. Don't show them stalls and slow flight and all those other maneuvers you trained at first. Easy sight seeing tours and burger runs are best. Stick to your personal minimums and ALWAYS do a weight and balance as well as performance. Be safe, remember that the plane will fly different with more seats occupied and not all aircraft allow full seats, full fuel and full bags.

Congrats!
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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:34 pm

Quoting njxc500 (Reply 3):
One more note, if you're going to rent an airplane, you need to get in touch with them well ahead of time. They will require you to take a ride with one of their instructors before you can rent a plane. That is unless you did your training in one of their planes.....

While insurance may require it, a checkout is certainly not regulatory. I've flown a few airplanes from flight schools in which I had no checkout. I've also flown one or two without a checkout, that about the time the thing was in the air, I'd wished I'd had a checkout.

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RE: SEL Passed Checkride - Questions

Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:15 am

Thank you all from the input. I've scheduled some dual flights this week/end since its been about a months since I last flew.

I'm planning to work on tail-wheel this fall and and start instrument spring semester.

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