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Multi Engine Time Flight Training

The Requirements for Obtaining A Multi Engine Add-on Rating To an Existing Pilot Certificate:
  • 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.
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. Source


Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is an aviation flight category that describes weather conditions that require pilots to fly primarily by reference to instruments, and therefore under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), rather than by outside visual references under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Typically, this means flying in cloud or bad weather. Pilots sometimes train to fly in these conditions with the aid of products like Foggles, specialized glasses that restrict outside vision, forcing the student to rely on instrument indications only.

With good visibility, pilots can determine the attitude of the aircraft by utilising visual cues from outside the aircraft, most significantly the horizon. Without such external visual cues, pilots must use an internal cue of attitude, which is provided by gyroscopically-driven instruments such as the attitude indicator (“artificial horizon”). The availability of a good horizon cue is controlled by meteorological visibility, hence minimum visibility limits feature in the VMC minima. Visibility is also important to avoid terrain.

Because the basic traffic avoidance principle of flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) is to “see and avoid”, it follows that distance from clouds is an important factor in the VMC minima: as aircraft in clouds cannot be seen, a buffer zone from clouds is required.

Can You Log PIC Flight Time In IMC Without An Instrument Rating?

According to a December 14, 2011 Legal Interpretation, yes! The FAA was presented with a scenario in which Pilot A and Pilot B both hold airplane single-engine land private pilot certificates. They fly a cross-country trip together in a single-engine land airplane. The flight is conducted in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) under an IFR flight plan filed by Pilot A, who is instrument rated, while Pilot B is not. Although Pilot A acts as the actual PIC for the entire flight, for a half-hour leg of the flight during IMC, Pilot B is the sole manipulator of the controls. The FAA was then asked the question “whether Pilot B can log actual instrument and PIC flight time for the portion of the flight during which Pilot B was the sole manipulator of the controls.”

The Interpretation initially noted that for the purpose of logging PIC time under FAR 61.51(e), a pilot must hold ratings for the aircraft (category, class and type, if a type rating is required), rather than for the conditions of flight. It then concluded that even though Pilot B was not instrument rated and the flight was conducted in IMC, Pilot B could log PIC flight time for the portion of the flight during which Pilot B was the sole manipulator of the controls since he was properly rated in the aircraft. The FAA went on to note that Pilot B could also log actual instrument time for the portion of the flight during which Pilot B was the sole manipulator of the controls under FAR 61.51(g)(1).

Next, the Interpretation addressed the logging of flight time by Pilot A. According to FAR 61.51 (e)(1)(iii), a pilot acting as PIC may only log PIC time if more than one pilot is required under the aircraft’s type certificate or the regulations under which the flight is conducted. Since only one pilot was required for the flight in the scenario presented to the FAA, the Interpretation concluded that Pilot A could not log PIC time for the portion of the flight during which Pilot B was the sole manipulator of the controls. The FAA reached this conclusion in spite of the fact that Pilot B could not act as PIC (no instrument rating) and Pilot B was not a required flight crew member for any portion of the flight under the aircraft’s type certificate or the regulations under which the flight was conducted.

What can we learn from this Interpretation? For starters, the regulations distinguish between “acting” as PIC and “logging flight time” as PIC. So, it is possible that by “acting” as PIC you can have the responsibility of a PIC, along with the potential liability, but you can’t log that flight time as PIC. Doesn’t seem fair, but that’s what the regulations provide. Source

Multi Engine Time Building & Flight Training Specials From Aviator Flight Training Academy

Our “Twin-Time Pilot” program offers 100 hours of Multi-Engine flight time anywhere within the Continental United States and the Caribbean. Aviator’s twin time program operates 24 hours-a-day, (24×7) rain or shine.

Lacking actual IMC flight time?

Aviator encourages flights into IMC. We operate a fleet of 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 $ 6,292.50
75 hr. Multi Engine time building $ 8,955.00
100 hr. Multi Engine time building $ 11,617.50

NOTE: Price Includes 5 hour Check out, Sales Tax, Insurance, & Fuel at $5.00 per gallon
Housing available for $ 650.00 per month or less

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