AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 112

PILOTS  FIRST LADY OF CHECKRIDES

Carol Joyner
Teacher turned DPE
B Y G E R I S I LV E I R A

LOGBOOK

WHO | Carol Joyner, designated pilot

CAROL JOYNER DIDN'T START OUT to be a

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examiner and certificated flight instructor
HOURS | 7,000
CERTIFICATES AND RATINGS | CFI, singleengine and multiengine land, instrument;
commercial airplane, single-engine and
multiengine land, instrument; ground
instructor, advanced and instrument
FAVORITE AIRCRAFT | Cessna Turbo 210, the
Joyner family " truckster "
EXTRA | To the applicants who ace their
checkrides: " I wish the FAA had been present for your checkride. It was perfect. "

them to feel comfortable. If an applicant
does fail, she never lets them leave until
they fully understand what they need to do
to pass.
People often ask Joyner why she didn't
fly for the airlines. " I never wanted to be an
airline pilot. My goal is to help applicants
achieve their dreams. I want to be a part of
their success. And that's what I find most
satisfying about my job. "
GERI SILVEIRA is a commercial pilot with

more than 5,000 hours.

CHAD SLATTERY

designated pilot examiner. In fact, she didn't
start out to be a pilot at all. However, since
she became a DPE 24 years ago, Joyner
has given more than 2,500 checkrides and
counting. She averages 100-plus rides a year.
After earning her degree in education,
Joyner moved to Pomona, California, to
start her career. Soon after, she met her
future husband, Bill, a private pilot. Her
life's work was going to change from teaching junior high schoolers to instructing
student pilots.
In 1977, the couple purchased a Cessna
Turbo 210, the family aircraft they flew to
visit relatives and took on ski trips. At Bill's
suggestion, Joyner took a Pinch-Hitter
course. " I was immediately hooked on flying, " she says. That same year, she earned
her private pilot certificate. Her commercial certificate, instrument, and multiengine
ratings followed quickly. Encouraged by a
fellow pilot, Joyner added flight instructor

certificates. With two young sons to care for,
Joyner instructed part time, and in the early
1990s, the FAA appointed her a safety counselor. In 1996, Joyner became a designated
pilot examiner.
Her main territory is Los Angeles, but
in 2016, Joyner spent time in Florida and
arranged to give checkrides there. " The
Florida flying environment is very different from Los Angeles. The climate is more
humid; it's at sea level-no mountains-and
there's lots of water. "
With so many checkrides under her
seatbelt, Joyner isn't surprised by anything
an applicant does. " Two of them got me into
spins. We recovered fine, because I'm still
here, " she laughs.
As an experienced DPE, Joyner has this
advice: " I tell my applicants the checkride
is only a second opinion. Your instructor
wouldn't have recommended you if they
didn't think you were ready. " She spends
a lot of time with each applicant, helping



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