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Multi Engine Time BuildingThree Reasons to Build Time in a Multi-Engine Aircraft
By Kyle Garrett
If you're short on hours for your latest rating and you're looking for a way to quickly build experience, a multi-engine time building course is a great way to continue your flight training. The added complexity, reduced competition, and attractiveness to airlines make multi-engine time building a huge success for any pilot.
Multi-engine aircraft are more complex
The bottom-line is multi-engine aircraft are more complex than traditional training aircraft. While early in your training simple is better, later on more complexity is hugely beneficial in keeping you on top of your game. You're forced to manage the systems efficiently, which staves off complacency. You're managing two of everything and, since multi-engine aircraft are typically better equipped, you have more complex avionics to consider both skills which are needed for competent commercial flying
Less competition for aircraft
Depending on the popularity of your chosen flight school, the traditional training aircraft may be very hard to come by, while the multi-engine aircraft see little use. Thanks in part to their complexity and increased costs, multi-engine aircraft are more likely to be skipped over in favor of more budget-friendly single-engine crafts, like the Cessna 172. If your schedule is more important, a multi-engine time building course could be your key to success.
Airlines want candidates with plenty of multi-engine time
Furthermore, if you're beating a path toward an airline career, a multi-engine time building course could be the difference between getting the job and not. Since the overwhelming majority of airliners are multi-engine, airlines typically show preference to candidates with lots of multi-engine experience.
So, if your future is flying for the airlines or you just need a few extra hours, consider harnessing the added complexity, increased availability, and hiring preference you'll enjoy as a result of your multi-engine time building course. After all, when it comes to flight training, every little bit helps.