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Multi-Engine Add-On Rating

Is the Multi-Engine Add-On Rating Right for Me?

Are you interested in flying larger, faster, and safer airplanes? Then, you might be interested in acquiring your multi-engine add-on rating. A multi-engine airplane is one that is configured with more than one engine. These airplanes are often larger and faster than a single-engine airplane as they produce greater thrust with their multiple engines. They are also often safer than a single-engine airplane as when one engine fails, the other operative engines will allow the pilot to at least maintain the airplane’s altitude.

Single-Engine vs Multi-Engine Airplane

A specific rating is required to fly a multi-engine airplane as the systems, performance, aerodynamics, and operation is significantly different than a single-engine airplane. For example, you must be familiar with a new airspeed known as VMC, minimum controllable airspeed. This is the speed at which the rudder no longer has the authority to overcome the yaw caused by one engine failing. Flying slower than this airspeed with one engine inoperative could cause you to lose all control of the airplane.

Multi-Engine Add-On Rating Requirements

To receive your multi-engine add-on rating, you will need to complete a practical test with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) by successfully performing the multi-engine tasks listed in the appropriate Airman Certification Standards (ACS).

  • No requirement for a knowledge test
  • No minimum flight time requirement (expect roughly 15 hours)
  • Earn the required endorsements from an authorized instructor
  • Pass the multi-engine add-on rating oral and practical test with a DPE

Training Solutions

Multi-Engine Add-On Rating Course

The Gleim Multi-Engine Add-on Rating Course is a self-study course designed to prepare pilots to pass the multi-engine add-on rating practical test for their private or commercial pilot certificate. It also serves as an effective review of multi-engine concepts and procedures for pilots who already hold a multi-engine rating and/or are seeking to become multi-engine instructors (MEIs).

I passed my checkrides and written tests thanks to, in no small part, Gleim’s detailed study material and test preparation guides. I am now a CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI. I do not envision ATP or Part 135 in my future, but if I do need one of them, I will be using Gleim.

John T.