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Navigation:  Multi-Engine Rating Info Multi-Engine Ground School Multi-Engine Timebuilding | Multi-Engine Timebuilding Suggestions | Multi-Engine Checkride Maneuvers | CRM Resources | Multiengine Checkout

If you want to pursue a career in aviation or own a multi-engine aircraft, the multi-engine rating is very important.  Since multi-engine airplanes are costly, so it is hard to build time.  You can get a multi-engine rating in several days through accelerated courses.  I always provide multi-engine training at a reduced cost to soften the impact. 

When can I get a Multi-Engine Rating? 

The most cost effective method is to wait until you have gotten your commercial pilot's certificate. Once the single commercial or private is done, you can do a multi-engine add-on quickly because you don't have to meet all the specified training requirements for a given certificate.   The add-on can be as few as 8 hours depending on your skill as a pilot. 

If you decide to get the commercial multi-engine certificate (not the add-on), be prepared for several commercial cross-country flights and your long cross country flight like any commercial single-engine certificate applicant. 

What is the best way to get a multi-engine rating? 

This really depends on your situation. If you don't have much time, you could go to a school like ATP and get it in a few days. Some of these schools are very good, but be careful. I would not recommend the schools that only get you 3-8 hours before your get your certificate.  It's just not enough time to become a safe multi-engine pilot.  While you might pass the checkride, a safe and proficient pilot will obtain much more training than this.  Talk with your favorite CFI, he might help you build time at a reduced cost for his time.  Students seeking a rating are required to prove US Citizenship and Flight Instructors must examine and keep a copy of a US Birth Certificate, US Passport, or Naturalization papers.   Citizens of other countries are required to register with the Transportation Security Administration prior to beginning training.  Information for foreign students.  Start your multi-engine rating with the Multi Engine Ground School.
Multi-engine aircraft over Spain

How can I build multi-engine time?

Building multi-engine time is very important in building your airline career.  There are several schools around the country which specialize in multi-engine time building.  Some airline pilots also offer this in their personal aircraft.  Check with your CFI, perhaps a special rate, lower than the typical rental rate, can be secured for you.  If you are considering any flying career (airlines, flight instruction), consider getting your multi add-on to your private, then doing your instrument rating in a multi.  For a small incremental cost, you can be building multi time while doing a rating you're going to need anyway.  It lowers your over all cost to get into an airline career. If you are interested in a career with the airlines, read Why You Should do Your Instrument Rating in a Twin.  

What maneuvers are required for a multi-engine add-on?   This checkride is all about "train to proficiency."  See Multi-Engine Manuevers for further information about the specific maneuvers in the multi-engine add-on.

Multi Add- On Quick Syllabus

Lesson 1 - Familiarity with the aircraft, VFR pattern work
Lesson 2 - Complex endorsement (if needed), gear failures
Lesson 3 - Engine Out Procedures
*Lesson 4 - IFR Approaches
*Lesson 5 - IFR Engine Out Approaches
Lesson 6 - Checkride Prep
            * Lesson 4 & 5 apply only if IFR rated

Can You Handle a Single-Engine Emergency? 

During multiengine training, you repeatedly practiced single-engine flying.  Once you have the rating, it doesn't mean you can relax. Your single-engine skills need to stay sharp in the event you lose an engine.  The only way to avoid becoming a statistic is frequent recurrent training.  Continuing to work periodically with an instructor to push your single-engine skills to the next level can help increase your safety. And if you encounter an actual emergency, you likely will feel more confident while going through the recovery procedures.

“Never fly the 'A' model of anything.” Ed Thompson

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