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8 Things You Should Know About Flying Twins

UND Aerospace sponsored this story. Check out the full series here. And, if you're ready to start your aviation career, learn more about UND Aerospace.

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...

1) Training Required...

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!

Swayne Martin

2) If one engine fails, you don't lose 50% of your performance.

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!).

Jim Raeder

3) You'll Love The Redundancy

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.

Jason Pineau

4) Multi-Engine Preflight Planning Changes

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.

5) Don't Shut Down The Wrong Engine

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.

6) More Space, More Speed

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.

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7) Engine Failure? Don't Just Fly Straight

Flying with zero sideslip will give you maximum performance and the best chance at climbing or maintaining altitude.

8) It's An Important Step Towards Flying Big Metal

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 Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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