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What is a Multi-Enigne Rating?

The multi engine rating allows you to operate as pilot-in-command of an aircraft with more than one engine. The multi engine rating can be added to a private pilots license. My recommendation is that you should already be certified with an instrument rating and a commercial pilots license before beginning multi engine training. The FAA does not require this but many insurance carriers will insist that a multi engine rated pilot have a minimum amount of flight experience. The transition into multi engine aircraft is an exciting step up from flying single engine aircraft. You will experience the remarkable increase in aircraft performance capability. Speed, power and rate of climb are considerably better than in most single engine aircraft. Managing the complexity and workload of a multi engine aircraft is both exhilarating and rewarding.

Requirements to Obtain an Multi Engine Rating

  1. 14 CFR Sec. 61.63, Additional Aircraft Ratings, regulates the
    addition of aircraft category, class, and type ratings to an existing pilot certificate.
    1. An aircraft category is a broad classification of aircraft (airplane, rotorcraft, glider, and
      lighter-than-air).
    2. An aircraft class is a group of aircraft within a category having similar operating
      characteristics (e.g., single-engine, multi-engine, land, sea).
    3. An aircraft type is a specific make and basic model of aircraft (e.g.,B727, C172, PA44).
    4. EXAMPLE: When you successfully complete your multi-engine practical test, your pilot
      certificate will bear the category and class rating, “Airplane–Multi-Engine Land.”
  2. If you already hold an airplane category rating (e.g., airplane–single-engine land) on your pilot
    certificate, obtaining a multi-engine rating is relatively simple.
    1. You must train with a flight instructor until you are proficient in all of the required maneuvers and procedures specified in the FAA Practical Test Standards.
      1. This training need only continue until you are proficient; there is no minimum training time requirement other than the required 3 hr. of flight training within the 60 days preceding any practical test.
    2. You must receive the following instructor endorsements stating that you are ready for the
      practical test:
      1. Completion of Prerequisites for a Practical Test: § 61.39(a)(6)
        I have given Mr./Ms. (First Name, MI, Last Name) flight
        instruction in preparation for a (private/commercial) pilot multi-engine rating practical test within the preceding 60 days and find him/her competent to pass the test.
        Signed Date CFI # Exp. Date
      2. Additional aircraft class rating: § 61.63 (c)
        I certify that Mr./Ms. (First Name, MI, Last Name, pilot
        certificate, certificate number), has received the required training for an additional
        airplane class rating. I have determined that he/she is prepared for the
        (private/commercial) pilot practical test for the addition of an airplane-multi-engine land rating.
        Signed Date CFI # Exp. Date
    3. You must pass a practical test administered by an FAA inspector or an FAA-designated
      examiner.
      1. There is no knowledge (written) test.