Multi Engine Rating transitioning to twins

Multi Engine Rating Transitioning to Twins

In 2011, I bought myself a big fat expensive christmas present.  I’ve been a private pilot since I was 16 and I felt like it was time to add a couple of additional ratings to by green plastic card, including a multi engine rating, so I signed up for a week of flight training at Sheble Aviation at the Alpha 20 / Sun Valley Airport in Arizona.

Currently I’m a private pilot with an instrument rating in airplanes and I also have a private helicopter rating.  I’ve got about 750 hours, most of it taildragger time from when I used to live in Alaska, but I’ve been busy doing other things for the last 10 years or so and I really haven’t been flying that much.

I recently bought a share in a Cessna 182 and I’m getting used to the added work load of flying in congested airspace in California — which is pretty different from the uncontrolled gravel strip that I used to fly from in Alaska.

Most of the places that do multi engine rating training are set up for airline pilot career training and I’ve been in and out of those places over the years.  There’s an FBO and aviation academy near where I live and the students in the aviation school all run around in make believe airline pilot uniforms, which seems kind of silly when you are flying around the pattern in a 152.   However, if you are in the market for an airline job, this is also a really good place to start because I personally know a lot of corporate and commerical pilots who have gotten more than just their multi engine rating from Sheble over the years.

I picked Sheble Aviation because for my multi engine rating because a lot of pilots that I know in my part of California have been down there to get their multi engine rating, and to be honest, I sort of liked the look of the place online.  Their advertising and marketing materials makes it look like a multi-generational family with a bunch of cool airplanes teaching people how to fly in the desert.  Their most charismatic airplane is their twin beach on floats, but I’m going to save that for another time.

I’m going to take you through what I did to prepare for my multi engine rating training in the desert and what happened on a day by day basis as we go through the process of getting a multi engine rating from Sheble Aviation.

Before I left for Arizona I studied for this course using 4 resources:

  • The good ole’ WWW
  • Sporty’s Video So You Want to Fly Twins
  • The ASA softcover book called Transitioning to Twins
  • And the stuff published online by Sheble Aviation

These days, if you’ve got a question, type it into the google search bar and you’ll be amazed at what you come up with.  Want to know how to do a Chandelle, there’s a YouTube video for that.  Not clear on Accelerate and Go versus Accelerate and Stop Distances?  There’s plenty of information out there.  On this site, I’ve published my take on Sheble’s training information, but remember, YOUR flight instructor always has the last word.  Well….maybe not the last word…that’s for the FAA.

Since we are on the subject of the FAA, one of the things that you can get free on the internet is a copy of the FAA’s practical test standards for your multi engine rating checkride.  I’ve got a copy in a PDF format that you can download by clicking on the following link and this will give you a good idea of what to expect from your multi engine rating training.  These days, expect your examiner to use this as a multi engine rating checklist when you go for your check ride so make sure that you are more than familiar which the description of each of the tasks that you will need to complete.



Home study materials

Here’s my review on Sporty’s video So You Want to Fly Twins.  Buy It!  It is 70 bucks which seems a little steep in a era of Napster, BitTorrent, and iTunes, but compared to the cost of twin engine flight instruction, its worth it.  Its about an hour and a half long and it does a really good job of going over all of basics of what is going to be expected of you during your transition training.

This video is available as a download from the Sporty’s Pilot Shop site with this link http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/product/13657 and it comes as a MPEG that you can view on your computer or iPad.  I watched it twice before I left for Arizona and I give it a thumbs up.

Multi Engine Rating

Transition to Twins by ASA publications.  ASA must be making a mint off flight training because if there is a subject that needs to be covered during the process of becoming an airline pilot, ASA has a publication for it.  This book is written by an Australian named David Robson who is an ex military fighter pilot and a former head of the Australian Aviation College.  His entire career after the military was devoted towards training future airline pilots so if you are heading for a job with the major carriers, this is for you.  The book is well written, concise, and the pictures are clear.  It has a good explanation of asymmetrical thrust forces and Vmc and between this and the Sporty’s video, I figured I was prepared.

transition to twins

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