AOPA Pilot Magazine - October 2020 - 108

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Taking a '709 Ride'
What is a reasonable request?

ON JULY 15, 2020, the FAA issued a notice

implementing a national policy that, with
certain exceptions, all airmen who were
tested by and received pilot or flight instructor certificates, ratings, or reinstatement
from examiner Michael A. Puehler between
October 2008 and December 2019 would
be reexamined by an FAA inspector (commonly called a "709 Ride").
Regarding the purpose for the notice,
the FAA indicates the competency of airmen
examined by Puehler during the indicated
period is in doubt. Initial reports suggest
hundreds of airmen will be impacted.
If you are one of many aviators subject
to such a reexamination request or a concerned observer, you may be questioning
whether the FAA is overstepping its authority by requesting wholesale reexaminations
from hundreds of airmen who may not have
done anything wrong. After all, the typical
reexamination request is made in response
to an underlying event (such as an accident
or incident) in which a lack of competency
could have been a factor.
For better or worse, the FAA has broad
authority to request reexamination under 49
U.S.C. § 44709. Precedent from NTSB cases

AOPA FINANCE

BY IAN ARENDT

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ADAM ANSWERS

Pilot Protection
Services

B Y A DA M M E R E D I T H
P R E S I D E N T, A O PA F I N A N C E

makes clear the sole question in a challenge to a
reexamination request is whether the request is reasonable. Previous wholesale reexamination requests
have been upheld as reasonable even where there is
no evidence of deficient testing specific to the airman. See Administrator v. Santos and Rodriguez,
NTSB Order EA-4266 (1994). In such cases, the
NTSB has stated, "reexamination requests...must be
sustained if the evidence creates even a reasonable
doubt as to whether the [airmen] were tested properly." More important, however, the NTSB appears
to have left open the option for an airman to successfully challenge a wholesale reexamination request if
she can provide persuasive proof that the test given
met all applicable requirements.
Large-scale requests for reexaminations such as
this have happened in the past and, unfortunately,
may happen again.
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IAN ARENDT is an in-house attorney with AOPA's

Q: I am planning to purchase
a Cirrus SR20 next month for
$290,000. I'm planning to put
40 percent down so I can borrow less. What type of interest
rates should I expect?
A: I certainly understand
your desire to borrow less.
Sometimes, however, when
you borrow less, it can cost you
more in the interest rate. For
example, when borrowing less
than $150,000 most lenders
have increased interest rates
to make up for lesser amounts
being borrowed. However, in
this case, assuming a $290,000
purchase amount and 60 percent financed, borrowing more
than the $174,000 loan you're
seeking won't get you better
options. We are seeing rates as
low as 3.75 percent.
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