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6 Reasons To Add A Multi-Engine Rating To Your Pilot Certificate

Have you ever thought about adding a multi-engine rating to your pilot certificate? Here's why you should start training next week...

1) Two engines are (usually) safer than one.

If you begin having engine trouble, your only solution in a single engine airplane is to land immediately. With more than one engine, you can continue flying toward a more suitable landing spot if you have a mechanical problem with an engine.

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2) You'll fly faster.

Most multi-engine airplanes are substantially faster than similarly sized single engine counterparts. If you want to get a trip done quickly, a multi-engine airplane might be the best bet for you.

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3) How about a size upgrade?

Whether it's carrying more passengers or more equipment, multi-engine airplanes usually have a higher available payload than single engine aircraft of similar size. Plus, they look pretty cool on the ramp!

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4) Multi-Engine flight time is valuable.

In the past, airlines and charter companies have required new hire pilots to apply with hundreds of multi-engine flight hours. The hiring market is booming right now, and many of those requirements have disappeared. But that won't be the case forever!

The more multi-engine time you have, the more competitive you'll be in a hiring market.

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5) Getting a MEL add-on rating is easy! And, fast track courses are available.

According to FAR 61.63(c), there is no minimum time requirement to add a multi-engine rating to your pilot certificate under Part 61, and you don't have to take a new FAA written test! After 10-15 hours of flight training, your multi-engine instructor can sign you off to take the FAA practical test. For many people, a multi-engine add-on can be accomplished over just a few weeks.

Adding an MEL rating will make you a better, more confident pilot. Reference the FAA Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot ACS to see what your training requirements are.

6) Open your doors to more job opportunities.

If you want to be a professional pilot, full time or part time, having a multi-engine rating will open the doors to many more job opportunities. Many charter companies fly light twins like Cessna 414s or King Airs, with clients on board.

Do you have your multi-engine rating? Do you think every pilot should get one too? Tell us in the comments below.

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 swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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