DPE Model Code of Conduct Released to Support the Aviation Community

The Code of Conduct Received Extensive Industry Review

The Designated Pilot Examiners Model Code of Conduct (DPEMCC) has been released by the project’s Permanent Editorial Board. Developed by a team of aviation professionals, and drawing upon decades of research and experience, the Code offers recommendations to advance professionalism and safety in the conduct of practical tests.

Support for the DPEMCC has been considerable. Sean Elliot, Industry Chair DPE Reform Work Group, and EAA Vice President, Advocacy and Safety stated, “Designated Pilot Examiners are the front line for aviation safety. Professionalism and ethical practice are a key part of the effectiveness of this community. This Code of Conduct hits all the right indicators of a true professional. The creators should feel proud that such a tool now exists within aviation.”

David St. George, DPE and Executive Director of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) stated, “Professionalism in any field is by necessity aspirational – what we could and should be on our best day to fully express our mission. Carefully crafted, collaborative guidance, like the DPEMCC, inspires and calibrates our quest.”

W. Ashley Smith, President/Dir. of Operations of Jet Logistics and NBAA’s Domestic Operations Committee liaison remarked, “Consistency and standardization are critical items in order to keep training and checking activities at the highest professional level. It is my sincere hope that DPEs from coast-to-coast will not only read this Code of Conduct but take the time to put these initiatives into daily practice so as to give all pilot candidates the best possible experience.”

A professional code can help DPEs achieve new levels of expertise, and the DPEMCC is just such a tool, a set of guidelines that is adaptable to each examiner, whether employed in a training organization or working independently.


promotes DPE professionalism, safety, and DPE contributions to the aviation community and society at large, encourages the development and adoption of ethical behavior, personal responsibility, and good judgment, supports improved communications between DPEs, examinees, regulators, instructors, and others in the aviation industry, and promotes recognition of the DPE as a highly respected professional.

Most pilots look to DPEs as experts who exemplify the highest standards of fairness, professionalism, and representation of the Administrator. The manner in which DPEs undertake their responsibilities, and the examples they set, impact the safety culture of aviation. The Code of Conduct will help DPEs serve as role models

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