T H E T H R I L L O F T W I N E N G I N E F L I G H T !
For many pilots the twin engine rating opens doors to a previously undiscovered side of aviation. The addition of a second engine allows a pilot to enter instrument conditions and to fly at night with extra confidence. This sense of security does not just come from having an extra power plant, but also from having two standard alternators and vacuum pumps, which are often unavailable on many singles.
In case of a power-plant emergency, even entry level twin engine aircraft can either hold altitude or maintain a slow and gentle descent on one engine, allowing it to divert to a suitable airport, even when loaded on a hot day.
These praises having been made, multi-engine flying is more demanding, and in order to be safe, pilots need to be properly trained and committed to staying proficient.
If you wish to pursue a career in aviation with an airline, cargo carrier, corporate department, or charter company, then you should consider getting a multi-private rating and building your multi-engine time while performing your instrument training. After obtaining your multi-private you can begin to build multi-engine Pilot-In-Command time that is prized by potential employers. Multi-engine experience is a significant factor for airline recruiters reviewing applicant resumes. Candidates with more multi-engine experience have an easier time getting an interview with the Regional Airline of their choice. Many students obtain their single engine private through CFI ratings first, and then figure out how to get multi-engine time later. Building twin time as an MEI can be a slow process because many flight schools do not have twin engine aircraft, and have a limited pool of multi-engine students. Many CFI's end up building time out of pocket. The Instrument rating is a good time to accumulate some of that sought after experience. Use of a twin also allows the candidate to build time for the 50 hours cross country PIC requirement while transiting faster between approaches on instrument lessons.
Training in a twin engine airplane will provide the candidate with an opportunity to fly in real instrument conditions (IMC) when appropriate in an aircraft with redundant powerplant, electric, and gyro systems. Training in such faster aircraft with weather, traffic, and retractable gear serves as a good orientation to the complex environment of the aircraft you aspire to fly, and helps to better prepare you for the very fast pace of training found in a regional airline. Once you have passed your instrument test in a twin, your instrument privileges will automatically transfer to single engine aircraft
Training at 1World Aero will generally begin with ground and simulator orientation, followed by initial lead in training in a single. When the candidate and instructor feel ready, the course lessons will continue in the Seneca.
MULTI-INSTRUMENT RATING ESTIMATE:
Flight Time - Seneca - 30 hrs Tobago - 10 hrs Instruction - 70 hrs
M U L T I P R I V A T E & C O M M E R C I A L
Multiengine training focuses on managing the airplane with one engine simulated to be inoperative. A candidate who is single-engine proficient with good study habits can reasonably expect to be signed off for the add on rating exam in about 10 hours, or another two hours for a multi commercial add on with instrument privileges. An instrument commercial add on will require the ability to demonstrate a single-engine instrument approach during the flight test.
Not withstanding the instrument qualification, the length and cost of the multi-commercial depends on whether or not it is an initial commercial or an add on rating.
An initial multi-engine commercial requires several hours of night and cross country time building, bringing the total to around 20 hours. After the initial commercial has been passed on a multi-engine, the single engine add on can be taken in a much lower cost fixed gear, fixed pitch propeller single engine trainer.
INITIAL MULTI, with COMMERCIAL & INSTRUMENT ADD ON - ESTIMATE:
Flight Time - Seneca - 10 hrs, Instruction - 20 hrs Exam Rental - 2.5 hours
INITIAL COMMERCIAL & MULTIENGINE with INSTRUMENT ADD ON - ESTIMATE:
Flight Time - Seneca - 20 hrs Instruction - 30 hrs Exam Rental - 2.5 hours
M U L T I E N G I N E I N S T R U C T O R
The MEI check ride is very similar to the multi-commercial check ride but flown while explaining from the right seat. 15 hours of Multiengine Pilot in Command time must be obtained before the test is taken. The training time counts towards the 15 hour requirement. There is no instrument component to this check ride. If performing an initial instructor rating, ground training will total around 20 hours and most of the 15 hour PIC requirement can be expected to be used up by the initial MEI flight training.
As with the commercial, after completion of an initial multiengine license, the CFI add on can be performed in a basic fixed gear, fixed pitch single engine trainer.
ADD ON MULTI-ENGINE INSTRUCTOR ESTIMATE:
Flight Time - Seneca - 7 hrs Instruction - 15 hrs Exam Rental - 2.5 hours