A multi-engine rating is a necessary step for anyone who wants to become a professional pilot. In most cases an applicant for a multi-engine rating has already obtained their private pilot, and/or their commercial pilot's certificate. Rarely, a student pilot will choose to obtain their private pilot certificate in a multi-engine aircraft.
Multi-engine training focuses on aircraft control, performance, payload, speed, and of course the challenges of controlling a twin-engine aircraft if an engine fails.
Eligibility for multi-engine training includes obtaining a private or commercial pilot certificate, along with an instructor endorsement verifying you have the necessary training needed for a multi-engine rating.
To obtain the multi-engine rating a student will be trained on the aircraft’s performance and limitations, aircraft systems, performance maneuvers, single-engine operations, spin awareness, emergency operations and instrument approaches, (single-engine) if applicable. Prior to taking the check ride, there are no additional hour requirements beyond the private or commercial pilot certificate, other than logging three hours in a multi-engine aircraft. There is no FAA written exam for a multi-engine add-on rating. The student’s knowledge will be tested as part of the check ride.
In most cases, experienced pilots consider multi-engine training to be one of the most enjoyable steps of their professional training experience.
Hold a current FAA Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate
Hold a valid FAA 3rd class Medical Certificate
Pass the FAA Practical Flight Test and Oral Exam