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I own a taildragger so usually end up hiring a C150 or similar for my revalidation flight as FIS aren’t current on taildraggers. On 27 March I did my reval flight at a West Midlands airfield (which currently does not have a CFI) in one of their C150s and with one of their people who said he was not an FI but held FCL:945. He supplied and signed the relevant paperwork at the end of the flight (noting the next renewal date incorrectly as end March 2021 instead of end May 2021) and describing himself as ‘Examiner’ with his number.
Because I’d been surprised by some of his comments and lack of knowledge during the flight (I have over 2,000 hours as against his 200+) I looked him up on the CAA website lists of examiners and couldn’t find him. A friend also told me that an FCL:945 had to be an instructor in order to sign off paperwork. So I rang the CAA to check, fearing my reval might not be valid.
The CAA told me I had to email their FCL website, which I did on 28 March, and the automated response promises an aim ‘to reply within ten working days’. After fifteen working days had passed with no response, I sent a chaser email on 20 April – and got the same automated response. To date however, now another fifteen working days on (total: thirty days) I have heard nothing and do not know if the reval flight was legal and hence whether my licence and, equally important, my aircraft insurance is valid.
So what does the CAA do and why does is take so long to answer what is a fairly simple query? Oh, but silly me, they are too busy pushing for airports to grab airspace, and to reduce safety margins in Class D airspace, which will stop many pilots flying and reduce their workload! It may increase the AAIB’S, however, due to more accidents at the resulting choke points…
How do I get them to do their job and reply to me so I can get on with enjoying my flying while I still can? Name and address supplied