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Multi Engine TrainingLearn What It Takes to Succeed
By Kyle Garrett
Earning your multi engine rating is both challenging and fun. Multi engine aircraft have more power, climb faster, can haul heavier loads, and come with a lot more complexity than most single engine aircraft. Flying a twin safely demands a certain skill set, and that's what the multi engine rating is all about. You'll learn what it takes, from both a planning and execution standpoint, to keep the "greasy side down" during an "engine out" takeoff. If you lose an engine right after takeoff, you'll need to take the appropriate steps to quickly and smoothly secure the failed engine and keep the aircraft at or above blue line indicated airspeed... and you'll need to do all of this from memory. Read more about multi engine ratings.
Multi Engine Training Requirements
Most flight schools offer twin engine training because so many pilots need to earn the multi engine rating as a stepping stone in their careers. Here's the list of FAA requirements for getting your multi engine rating (JAA requirements may differ):
- You must hold a current FAA Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot Certificate
- You must receive the appropriate training for multi engine aircraft from a certificated flight instructor, and your training must be logged
- You must receive a written multi engine endorsement from a certificated flight instructor
- You must pass an oral examination by an FAA Certificated Examiner
- You must pass a Practical test (flight test) with an FAA Certificated Examiner
Once you fulfull all of these requirements, your FAA Pilot Certificate will be updated to reflect "Multi Engine Land (or Sea) privileges.
Is Multi Engine Training Right For You?
If you plan to make a living as a pilot, odds are you'll want to earn your multi rating. The vast majority of pilot jobs require the rating, and even if end up flying singles for a while, the multi engine rating will help your resume rise to the top of the stack. And if you're flying only for business and pleasure, but you're ready to move up to a twin, the multi rating is your next step.