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, or ATP certificate. For this rating, both VFR and IFR operations will be emphasized. There are no minimum time requirements for the multi-engine land rating; however you will need an instructor endorsement for flight and ground training prior to taking the check-ride. There is no written exam, only an oral exam and practical check-ride are required.
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 a substantial amount of money in the long run.
Be at least 18 years old
Currently have at least a fixed wing Private Pilot License
Hold at least a current FAA Third Class Medical Certificate (second class required to receive compensation)
Complete Ground School Training
Pass FAA written test (knowledge exam) and check-ride (practical test)
The multi-engine course can be done in as little as 10 hours of flight time for more experienced pilots with advanced ratings. However, a private pilot may need additional instruction and flight time to be adequately proficient to pass the FAA Check-ride. Costs vary from a minimum of $9,100 for 15 hours of aircraft rental, instruction and course materials.