The flight portion consists of normal and emergency multi-engine aircraft operations and maneuvers. You will cover all areas of your exam as well as achieve proficiency in piloting an aircraft with two engines.
The ground information covers specifics including aircraft systems, principles of flight (normal and multi-engine), aerodynamics, and weight & balance. Multi-engine rating does not require a written exam which makes the ground lessons shorter and more concise for your checkride exam.
Like all classes, there is some homework to reinforce your learning and help teach you fundamental concepts that are critical to becoming a successful pilot. We partner with Sporty’s to integrate the online training for our students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Multi-engine rating flight training is an advanced aviation program designed to enable pilots to operate aircraft equipped with more than one engine. It is an additional certification added to an existing pilot license and allows pilots to confidently handle the complexities of multi-engine aircraft.
Pilots who already hold a commercial, private, or ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) license are eligible to enroll in multi-engine rating flight training. This training offers a seamless transition to piloting more advanced and complex aircraft.
Multi-engine aircraft are considered complex due to their retractable landing gear, flaps, and controllable pitch propellers. Handling these systems requires precise coordination and adds an extra layer of procedural challenges for pilots.
Throughout the training, you will gain expertise in multi-engine aerodynamics, certification rules for multi-engine aircraft, and engine failure scenarios, including the vital skill of shutting down an engine in flight. You'll also enhance your decision-making abilities and situational awareness.
The duration of multi-engine rating flight training can vary based on individual progress and the flight school's curriculum. On average, it may take a few weeks to a couple of months to complete the training.
Holding a multi-engine rating significantly improves your employability and widens your career options within the aviation industry. It opens doors to corporate aviation, charter operations, and regional airlines, where multi-engine aircraft are commonly utilized.
The training involves a combination of ground-based theoretical instruction and hands-on flight hours. You'll receive classroom lessons covering multi-engine systems, aerodynamics, and emergency procedures. Subsequently, you'll gain practical experience flying multi-engine aircraft under the guidance of experienced flight instructors.
Multi-Engine Rating Eligibility
If you’ve already obtained a private pilot certificate, the multi-engine rating becomes what is known as an “add-on” rating. Since the candidate has already accomplished many of the tasks required for a pilot certificate and fulfilled the aeronautical experience requirements, earning the rating becomes a matter of learning the differences, understanding a new airplane, and proving proficiency to a pilot examiner. In an accelerated program, this can be completed in as few as a couple of weeks.
Required for a multi-engine rating:
- Earn the required endorsements from an authorized instructor
- Take and pass a Checkride with a pilot examiner to act as PIC of a multi-engine aircraft
To exercise the privileges of a private pilot license, you must hold a third-class medical certificate, which can be obtained through an aeromedical examiner (AME). This should be done early on in training as you will not be able to solo an airplane without your medical certificate.
Certificates must also be renewed periodically. If you are under the age of 40, this is every 60 months. While if you are over the age of 40, you must renew your medical certificate every 24 months.
Multi-Engine Rating Training
While there are no specific hour requirements for adding a multi-engine rating to a certificate, typically most pilots will require about 10 hours of flight training to reach the proficiency required to pass the practical test. The FAA requires training in the following specific areas:
- Preflight preparation
- Preflight procedures
- Airport operations
- Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
- Performance maneuvers
- Slow flight and stalls
- Emergency operations
- Multi-engine operations
- High-altitude operations
- Post-flight procedures
Reference 14 CFR §61.65 for the entire list of eligibility requirements.