A Multi-Engine Land (MEL) rating allows a pilot to operate as pilot-in-command of an aircraft with more than one engine.
Multi-Engine rated pilots will experience the remarkable improvement in aircraft performance capability along with an increase in speed, power, and rate of climb. Managing the complexity and workload of a multi-engine aircraft is both exhilarating and rewarding.
The multi-engine land rating is an “add-on” to an existing single-engine land private, commercial certificate. During your training, you will be taught instrument procedures and maneuvers emphasizing the different characteristics of the multi-engine aircraft. There are no minimum time requirements for the multi-engine land rating; however you will need an instructor endorsement for flight and ground training before taking the checkride. There is no additional knowledge test, only the oral and practical during the check ride.
While a multi-engine rating can be added to a private pilot certificate, in most cases it makes more sense to wait until a pilot has a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating as this will save the pilot money.
What do I need?
- Current FAA medical (Minimum of 3rd class or Basic Med)
- Proof of citizenship (Passport or Birth Certificate) or TSA approval
- Single engine private pilot certificate
- Pilot should be current (Not required, however additional hours may be required if the pilot is not current)
- Instrument rating preferred (Not required, however additional hours will be required to get instrument proficient)
Multi-Engine Training at Pacific Skies Aviation
PSA's Multi-Engine training curriculum teaches the aerodynamic differences between the single and the multi-engine plane and provides the proper instruction needed to pass the multi-engine checkride. While there are no specific hour requirements for adding a multi-engine rating to a certificate, typically most pilots will require about 10 hours of flight training to reach the proficiency required to pass the practical test. The FAA requires training in the following specific areas:
- Preflight preparation
- Preflight procedures
- Airport operations
- Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
- Performance maneuvers
- Slow flight and stalls
- Emergency operations
- Multi-engine operations
- High-altitude operations
- Post flight procedures
As with all flight training, preparing for a multi-engine rating requires both ground and flight training. The ground information covers specifics including aircraft systems, principles of flight (normal and single-engine), aerodynamics, and weight & balance. The flight portion consists of normal and emergency multi-engine aircraft operations and maneuvers.