A Training Center Evaluator (TCE) is an individual employed by a training center certificate holder who is authorized by the Administrator to perform tests for certification, added ratings, authorizations, and proficiency checks as authorized by the certificate holder’s training specifications.
- TCEs are issued authority to conduct various evaluations based on the FAA’s need and ability to manage the TCEs. The regulatory basis for the designation of a TCE may be found in 14 CFR parts 142 and 183. The FAA considers TCEs with certification authority to be examiners as the term is used in 14 CFR part 183.
- A TCE may, with appropriate approval, be authorized to act as a contract check pilot for an air operator. Check pilot policy and regulatory information can be found in FAA Order 8900.1 and the associated regulatory sections.
A Training Center Evaluator-Flight Engineer (TCE-FE) is an individual employed by a training center certificate holder who is authorized by the Administrator to perform flight engineer tests for certification and ratings (for other than 14 CFR part 121 or part 125 purposes) to applicants who qualify in accordance with 14 CFR part 63.
TCE and TCE-FE Eligibility
A TCE candidate must first:
- Hold an unrestricted FAA pilot or Flight Engineer (FE) certificate as appropriate, to act as pilot-in-command (PIC) or FE for the specific aircraft;
- Have met the instructor qualification and training requirements of part 142 subpart C
- Be currently assigned as an instructor at the employing training center; and
- Be qualified in each specific curriculum and the associated flight training equipment for which TCE privileges are requested.
Individuals that meet the eligibility criteria listed above will be evaluated on the following criteria before proceeding with formal training:
- Have a history of cooperation with the FAA, and a good record as an airman regarding accidents and/or incidents.
- Have a reputation for integrity and dependability within the industry and the community.
- Have at least 1 year of training center experience as a simulator instructor and have accumulated at least 100 hours of flight simulation training device (FSTD) operating experience within the previous 12 months in the same aircraft make/model/series (M/M/S), and type (if type is applicable) of full-flight simulator (FFS) or aircraft for which the designation is requested.
- Candidates requesting authorization to conduct evaluations in an aircraft while acting as a required crewmember must have logged at least 100 hours as PIC in the M/M/S of aircraft except when approved as initial cadre on newly certificated aircraft types or newly acquired aircraft for the employing center.