fed up with the FSDO!!!!!

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Many of the local CFI's are fed up with a certain FAA inspector. We (the instructors) have talked about writing a letter to formally complain about his attitude, lack of professionalism and overall rudeness toward applicants. I've heard from some of the older pilots in the area that he has received a fair amount of formal complaints in the past. What will it take to make him accountable for his actions? Has anyone ever heard of a inspector who was fired or demoted because of his behavior? Are there any other avenues that we can take as a group to send this guy packing?
Your opinions and insight are greatly appreciated.

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call your senator or representitive. My old boss used to do this and the feds got scared to pi$$ him off.
 

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What FSDO are you in?
 

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FSDO

The FSDO is located in Lincoln, NE.
 

ShawnC

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Ok its wasn't who I was thinking of. I would have about a hundred people who would want to take him out.
 

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Several years ago an inspector caused me a great deal of grief and heartburn. After his actions were reviewed, relating to my situation, he was transferred to another FSDO far away. I did a little digging, and learned that three times in his career he had been punched and knocked down by pilots and mechanics because of his excessive behavior. He had several previous transfers, and I've little doubt that he won't see this one as his last in his career.

In any segment of the private sector, he'd have been fired long ago, and would have been sued. He's a classic example of a civil servant who is in his position because he couldn't have ever made it in the private sector. Sadly, he casts a shadow over all those who really try to do their job to the best of their ability. Looks like you found his brother.
 

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There was an inspector in the FSDO I'm in a couple years back that fit that description. As I understand it there were so many complaints that he ended up getting promoted into a new position that didn't involve interacting with people. After about 6 months to a year he wanted to go back where he was and they "didn't have room" or whatever. He ended up quitting and now is "retired" and is instructing people how to beat the FAA!
 

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Get a real pilot job and let someone else worry about the FSDO.
 

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Unfair fed

Maybe you and your colleagues could direct a joint letter of complaint to the region that oversees that particular FSDO. Here's a link to the Central Region of the FAA, which oversees Nebraska. The page has the address.

I appreciate TurboS7's comments, as I do all of his, but consider the position in which these CFIs have found themselves. This is their corner of the aviation world right now, and it is tough for CFIs to have to deal with unfair ASIs and DEs. Flight instructing is usually one's first flying job and the first opportunity to build a professional reputation. Therefore, new CFIs want to establish a reputation as being competent instructors to lay the groundwork as competent pilots and professionals. CFIs find themselves dealing with ASIs and examiners with great frequency and should not have to suffer consistently unfair and unprofessional examiners and feds.

One word of warning: Be sure that you know what you're talking about before you start complaining. FAA types have good memories. What goes around can come around. Good luck.
 
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I was a little harsh. The point that I was trying to make was that simply once they become a line pilot with a 121 carrier you will not have to worry about the FAA too much. They occassionally ride the J/S and then they are more intereseted in geting somewhere than they are checking you. You get an FAA check on your initial captain check but after that enjoy it.
 
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Some of them didn't make it in the airlines, some in society. Stand any of them, I can't. And I would love to write a letter about this certain SOB who shows up regularly to "check" a particular route that is also popular with our commuters, who end up getting the shaft. They are only there to help, I know....
 

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Turbo,
I appreciate your opinion, but your comment brings up another point. I personally would rather steer clear of the airlines as a career. Passing this problem on to the next cfi doesn't seem like the right thing to do. Doing nothing would just make this a$$hole think he's some kind of untouchable. I plan on working in this area for the rest of my life. I'll most likely will be dealing with these individuals until they retire. I hope you don't think the airlines are the only "Real Jobs" out there.

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I have 9800 hours banging around below 10,000 feet. I have made my living flying Cubs, Cessna, BE-18's and the like. I ran my own 135 for 12 years with 12 airplanes. I now all about the FAA and more than likely I know the individual you are talking about. Cheers.
 

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If you really want to put the heat on him call up your reps and senators in D.C. both parties that represent you. Let them know that he is getting of the way of progress and safety and not creating the proper atmophere in aaccordance with the FAA act of 1958. The reps will watchdog him and your problem will go away.
 
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Dealt with him

I think I dealt with the guy you are talking about when I tried to schedule a 709 ride ( no fault of my own but a flight school was nder investigation ) I was supposed to do a circle to land non precision approach and he threatened to do the whole IFR ride over if i went there for the 709 ride . total moron !! Chas
 

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The Fargo FSDO office has a couple notorious inspectors there, and especially from the Northwest fiasco from about 10 years ago.

I believe one inspector there even violated, or tried to, another inspector in that FSDO
 

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For ten bucks I'll break his legs. (Five for one; see how he likes it). Deal?
 
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