Multi-Engine AircraftHave you ever wondered why a manufacturer puts more engines on an airframe
? There are many people who think that it's for safety; that a twin is safer than a single. After all, if one engine fails, well, you just keep on flying on the remaining one, right?
No. When one engine on a twin fails, you don't lose half of your excess thrust, you typically lose 80% to 90% of your excess thrust, which means that if you were climbing at 1200 fpm with both engines, if you configure and fly the aircraft perfectly after an engine failure, you will likely see around 200 fpm, which is pretty bad.
Most light twins, when operated anywhere near gross weight, have very marginal single-engine performance, and are very intolerant of pilot error in achieving a positive rate of climb. A non-turbocharged twin will typically have a single-engine service ceiling of around 5000 foot density altitude. So, an engine failure in cruise in summer means you're likely going to descend.
And remember, with two engines, you're twice as likely to have an engine failure. So why on earth would a manufacturer install two engines instead of one? Apart from specifically-built multi time-builders and trainers, the answer is: for more power.
The Requirements for Obtaining A Multi Engine Add-on Rating To an Existing Pilot Certificate (source)
- You must hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate.
- Must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
- Hold at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate.
- Undertake required training as described in Flight Lessons and Ground Lessons found listed below. Many of the Flight Lessons will require more than one flight to make you comfortable and proficient
- Recieve a signed recommendation (8710), from a MEI, that you are competent as an multi engine pilot and ready for the multi engine add-on rating checkride.
- Must successfully complete a practical test given by an FAA-designated pilot examiner.
- Preflight Procedures
- Taxi & Ground Operations
- Normal & Crosswind Takeoff & Climb
- Normal & Crosswind Approach to Landing
- Short Field Takeoff & Climb
- Short Field Approach & Landing
- Steep Turns
- Slow Flight
- Stalls(Power On/Off) & Spin Awareness
- Emergency Descent
- Engine Failure on Takeoff below Vmc
- Engine Failure after Lift-off
- Approach & Landing w/ an Engine Inoperative
- Go Arounds
- Systems & Equipment Malfunctions
- Engine Inoperative Maneuvering
- Engine Shutdown & Restart Procedures
- Vmc Demonstration
- MEI Drag Demo
- Engine Failure while IFR
- Engine Out Instrument Approach
- Checkride Check & Review
- Performance & Limitations
- Multi-Engine Systems
- Engine-Out Operations
- Emergency Operations & Flow Checks
- Emergency Equipment & Survival Gear
Flight Time Requirements
If you are adding on a Multi Engine Rating to a Private or Commercial certificate
, you will have already met the time requirements. The maneuvers for the private and commercial certificate are the same, but the standards are more demanding for the commercial.
If you are obtaining an initial Multi Engine Commercial Certificate (i.e. you hold a Private Pilot Single Engine Land Certificate only and you want to obtain a Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate) you will need to meet the aeronautical knowledge plus minimum eligibility requirements for the certificate you are seeking (PIC in MEL). Keep in mind that a Multi engine aircraft is considered a complex aircraft, thus meeting that requirement toward the Commercial Rating.
Multi Engine Time Building Programs at Aviator College100Hrs Program
Our "Twin-Time" program offers 100 hours of Multi-Engine flight time anywhere within the Continental United States and the Caribbean. Aviators twin time program operates 24 hours-a-day,(24x7) rain or shine.
Lacking actual IMC flight time? Aviator encourages flights into IMC. We operate a fleet of 14 Beechcraft Duchess, the majority of which are fully equipped with weather radar, Garmin 430, HSI, DME, and Intercoms. Fleet of aircraft are now being converted to EFIS systems "Glass Cockpit"
50 hr. Multi Engine time building: $ 6,245.00
75 hr. Multi Engine time building: $ 8,881.00
100 hr. Multi Engine time building: $ 11,517.00
Price Includes 5 hour Check out, Sales Tax, Insurance, & Fuel at $5.00 per gallon
Housing available for $ 650.00 per month or less
Multi Engine Time Building & Flight Training Specials 150 hours Multi Engine Time
- Multi Engine, Multi Engine Instrument Rating & Multi Engine Commercial
$ 29,995.00 Special!
Add Instructor Ratings "CFI, CFII, & MEI" $7,000
Price includes flight instruction and all ground instruction
Course time is eight weeks or less
*Eight weeks of housing is Included
Writtens and Checkrides are extra
* To enroll you must have your PPL and 100 hours Total TimeContact Aviator College
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