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Pilots love to go fast, fly high, and give their passengers a great ride. One of the best ways to do that is by flying a multi-engine airplane. Here are some things you should know before you get started...
10 to 15 hours of flight instruction is what it takes for most students to get a multi-engine rating, plus ground school covering multi-engine aerodynamics and operations. If you're in a Part 141 training program, you could expect to fly as much as 20 hours to get through your checkride for a multi-engine certificate. Best part? No written exam required!
Performance loss is closer to 80%, due to the added drag created by the windmilling propeller, as well as how a twin flies through the air on one engine (more on this later!).
Flying over a large body of water or mountains? Not having a landing spot within gliding distance is stressful for any single engine pilot. Often times, twins have the performance to make it to an airport.
You're now faced with the question of what you're going to do where and when an engine fails. At different altitudes, in different configurations, with different landing options, you may or may not be able to maintain altitude, even with one engine still running. Spend the time to thoroughly plan how you'll handle engine problems well ahead of time and always pre-brief your decision points.
Shutting down the wrong engine if you experience an engine failure has some serious consequences, and it happens more often than you might think. Always identify, verify, and confirm that you're shutting down the correct engine before you begin to pull levers back.
In general, many multi-engine airplanes fly faster and higher than their single engine counterparts. Plus, the cabin is normally larger, adding some serious comfort for everyone sitting in the back.
Flying with zero sideslip will give you maximum performance and the best chance at climbing or maintaining altitude.
Want to travel the world? Getting your multi-engine rating is a prerequisite to flying professionally in some of the largest airplanes out there.
Whether you're ready to start your aviation career, or you just have a few questions about learning to fly, get in touch with the UND Aerospace team today.
Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, commercially licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and a commercial aviation student at the University of North Dakota. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. Swayne's experience ranges from international flights in a King Air F90 to ferrying a 1943 Grumman Widgeon across the country. You can reach Swayne at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow his flying adventures at http://www.swaynemartin.com.