Types of Multi Engine Airplanes
It should be noted that there are 2 types of multi engine airplane: the conventional multi with engines on each side of the fuselage and a center-line thrust multi engine airplane where the engines are mounted on the front and rear of the aircraft. Each type of multi-requires its own rating.
Flight Test Admissions
Basic requirements for admission include:
- Photo ID with signature
- Valid medical certificate
- A valid licence
- Letter of recommendation within last 30 days
There is no Transport Canada written exam for this rating. There is also no required experience. You only need a the appropriate licence. Technically you could get a multi-engine rating with a recreational pilot licence provided that the multi-engine aircraft only had 4 seats, and was not considered a high performance aircraft. However, you might find it difficult to find a 4 seat multi engine aircraft with a Vne or lest than 250 KIAS.
High preformance aircraft have a Vne of 250+ KIAS and a Vso of 80+ KIAS.
Who can teach you? You do not need a CFI to teach you how to fly a multi engine aeroplane. The teacher needs only a CPL, or an ATPL, and 50 hours of multi-engine experience with a minimum on 10 hours on the airplane used for training. Bet you didn’t know that!