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Why do you need a Multi Engine Rating, and how can can you start now?

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

First, let's talk about what a Multi Engine Rating actually is — an add-on pilot rating that certifies you to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. Your Multi Engine Rating is especially exciting because you can learn to fly aircraft with greater performance in its speed, climb, & more.



Why do you need a Multi Engine Rating?

Career advancement This rating is often a prerequisite for commercial airline jobs. You become immensely more competitive and valuable to potential employers when you already have your Multi Engine Rating, especially if you continue to accumulate Multi Engine hours.


Greater skills — Learn to fly a complex aircraft and understand multi engine aerodynamics, rules, and procedures. If you'll be flying a complex aircraft for business, pleasure, or commercial reasons, these skills are absolutely necessary.


Qualification to fly heavier, faster aircraft with increased performance. Multi engine aircraft often have a higher available payload to carry passengers or cargo.


Increased safety — If there is one thing we know as pilots, it's how to minimize risk. It's no secret that furthering your experience and understanding will naturally make you a safer pilot. Plus, two engines are usually safer than one.

How can I get started now?


First, make sure you meet the prerequisites in CFR title 14. Since this is an add-on rating, you must first be a single engine private pilot. If you need you this license, click here. You'll need to have the basics: an FAA medical and proof of citizenship or TSA authorization. You might also want to get your hands on a 2022 FAR AIM to reference.


Second, choose a school. Take into account the total cost, quality of training, and resources available. To complete your training as efficiently as possible, you will likely set aside 2-3 weeks to focus solely on your Multi Engine Rating. Not every flight school has a multi engine aircraft, so your first questions for a school might be -


1. Do you have a multi engine aircraft? Note that you might want an aircraft conducive to more advanced training, like this one.

2. Do you have multi engine instructors?

3. My availability is _____ and I'd like to start on this date _____, can you accommodate my schedule?

4. Can you help me arrange an affordable and homely place to stay for the duration of my training?


There is no minimum hour requirement so the total cost and time it takes to earn your rating is entirely based on your performance, knowledge, and dedication. For this reason, no flight school can 100% guarantee a total cost and you might want to set aside enough finances to err on the side of caution.


Lastly, sign up today with a credible flight school that excites, motivates, and welcomes you. Good luck on your journey.

If you want to ask us questions about staying with us in sunny Florida for any or all of your licenses/ratings, email sales@flaviationcenter or call us at 850-778-FLY1.


Get ahead of your training with at-home studying using these valuable books:

Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards for Airplane Multi-Engine Land and Sea and Multi-Engine Oral Exam Guide.