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Multi Engine Piston Rating (VFR-IFR)

Multi Engine Piston Rating (VFR-IFR)

Would you like to go faster or bring more people in your plane? Then the Multi-Engine Piston rating is right for you! A twin flies faster, has greater range and offers additional security by the 2nd motor and anti-icing capabilities. The course consists of two modules:

-A single MEP VFR (Visual Flight Rules) module in order to be allowed to fly visually in fair to good weather in a twin (just like a PPL)

-A MEP IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) module that allows you to fly even in IMC (Instrument Flight Conditions).

This high-quality training is given on a Diamond DA42 Twin Star. A 7 hour theory course is a compulsory part of the training. After the course a theory exam is administered by the flight school. The questions test your knowledge of the aircraft as well as general multi-engine items such as e.g. asymmetric flight on one engine. Furthermore, we elaborate on the G1000 glass cockpit FADEC and EFIS systems that you need to control the aircraft.

Before you can start your Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) VFR Rating you need to have 70 hours PIC (Pilot In Command). If you want to follow the (MEP) IFR part you need to have an Instrument Single Engine Piston Rating (SEP-IR).

There are possibilities to combine the CPL / IR and MEP programs in the same course at the Diamond DA42 Twin Star. Due to the lower amount of hours required and the all-in-one exam in stead of three separate exams this budget is neutral while the final amount of multi-engine / glass cockpit hours is much higher. Questions? Call us!

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Multi Engine Piston Rating (VFR-IFR): € 7.239

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7 MULTI-ENGINE (MEP) VFR+IFR RATING Charleroi

1 PRIVATE PILOT (PPL) Breda/Hoevenen/Antwerpen
Books + Docs + ATO overhead€ 560
11 hrs dual flight training Diamond DA42 Twinstar and simulator with instructor€ 4.120
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 544
Briefings approximately€ 275
total€ 5.223
VAT€ 1.097
7 TOTAL MULTI-ENGINE RATING (MEP) VFR-+IFR RATING Charleroi*€ 6.320
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)

Specific advantages van de Multi Engine Piston Rating (VFR-IFR) at ExecutiveFlight

The price of the MEP VFR Rating Course includes:

  • Excellent training locations directly at IFR airports unlike the situation in the Netherlands where you first have to fly from VFR airports like Teuge, Seppe, Lelystad, in nice weather, to an IFR airport! This saves a lot of time and costs.
  • Within a radius of 15 ‘flying, numerous airports with all possible IFR approaches are within reach, much unlike the situation in the Netherlands.
  • The Belgian and French airports have almost always training slots available and require no or very low landing fees / ATC charges. Please note that each landing, including any touch & go to non home based IFR airports in the Netherlands is very expensive, between 30 and 80 euros. Calculate your savings!
  • All local landing fees and ATC charges included (Charleroi / Liège / Maubeuge) or very low (Antwerp / Hoevenen)
  • At Executive Flight, next to the practical training you can also do the IR theory course. And by bringing everything together at one ATO you can also immediately start to fly without having to finish the theory!
  • The first in the Benelux to have an upgraded PBN fleet and IR curriculum with the new Precison Based Navigation (PBN) module approach. This GNSS / GPS module approach will be mandatory in 2018-2020 for all new and existing Instrument Pilots.
  • Instructor, Fuel, P & TKS anti-icing fluid included
  • Aircraft rent for the exam included
  • All required manuals and documents on Google Drive

Location

Flight location

Charleroi Airport Rue des Fusillés, B-6041 Gosselies, Belgium

Duration

1 week to 2 months depending on the availability of the student.

Multi Engine Piston Rating (VFR-IFR) training program

  • 20 hours of briefings on the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, the Diamond DA42 and the aerodynamics of a twin-engine plane with a final school test internally of each subject.
  • VFR module: 6 hours flight instruction in visual flying and handling the aircraft of which: 2½ hours under normal conditions, with both engines operating 3½ hours asymmetric flight with one engine shut off in simulated engine failure conditions
  • IFR module: 5 hours flight instruction in instrument flying of which: 2½ hours under normal conditions, with both engines operating 3½ hours asymmetric flight with one engine in simulated engine failure conditions. The IR section includes the following procedures:
  • Precision and non-precision instrument approaches
  • Missed approach procedures
  • Standard instrument departures
  • Flying in airways
  • Standard instrument arrivals and emergency procedures in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
  • Holdings (VOR, NDB)
  • Interceptions (VOR, NDB)
  • Procedure turns
  • DME arcs
  • Circling approaches
  • Emergencies: Partial panel, stalls, unusual atitudes
  • New: PBN / GNSS / GPS approach module possible as an extension
  • Aircraft rent for the exam and theoretical MEP + DA42 school exam
  • The course concludes with an examination conducted by an examiner

General

The MEP (multi-engine piston) rating is a so-called class rating that grants its holder the right to fly multi-engine piston aircrafts. Having an MEP rating is a requirement to be able to do a MCC (Multi Crew Coordination Course) which in turn is a requirement for the start of a type rating for most business aircraft enAirbus or Boeing. So it is a very important part of the training for commercial pilots.

Pre entry requirements

Before one can begin a course for the Multi-Engine Piston Rating (MEP), the candidate needs to have flown 70 hours having served as a pilot in command in . If one also wants a Multi Engine Instrument Rating, a valid Single Engine Instrument Rating is required before for the commencement of this flight training unless they do a combination workout with all the hours for CPL, MEP and IR on a twin-engine plane.

Flight training

The course is divided into two parts, one part is flying visually (VFR) and one part is instrument flight (IFR). For the VFR section there are 6 hours to be flown in dual control, of which 3.5 hours with an engine in asymmetric conditions and 2.5 hours in normal flight. The second part consists of 5 hours blind flying under IFR in dual control, both in normal flight and in asymmetric flight.

Theory course

A theoretical course should be done at the flight school consisting of seven hours of briefings on the flight principles of multiengine flying. Additionally also briefings about the plane being used for training. Next, at the school a theory exam is being held. The entire MEP training must be completed within six months, incl. the briefing, theory test and the exam.

Revalidation (rating has not yet expired)

The multi-engine rating expires each year and therefore a proficiency check must be taken every year by an examiner. This starts three months before the expiry date. If you have the proficiency check for Multi-Engine Piston combined with those for Multi Engine Instrument Rating (IR MEP), then you revalidate the Single Engine Piston Instrument Rating (IR SEP) as well.

Renewal (rating has expired)

If the rating has expired, the flight school provides the training program that the candidate must go through before a check is conducted by an examiner. If the rating has expired less than one year, two training flights should be done before the candidate may do the exam. And if the rating has expired for longer than one year but less than three years, three training flights must be done. If the rating has expired for more than 3 years, the full course must be done again .

Other information

The MEP and MEP IR courses can be combined with training for commercial pilot license (CPL) and Instrument Pilot (IR). Training in the airplane for the CPL license is done in a Multi-Engine Piston aircraft upon successful completion of the six-hour VFR training (asymmetric and normal). In this way one can get the CPL license, Multi Engine Rating (MEP) and the Instrument Rating (IR) with only one exam. Because there are also fewer hours required this combination option is budget-neutral. All hours are on multi-engine aircraft which is better for your flight experience.

Legal requirements

CLASS AND TYPE RATINGS

SECTION 1 General requirements

FCL.700   Circumstances in which class or type ratings are required a) Except in the case of the LAPL, SPL and BPL, holders of a license shall not act as a pilot of an aircraft, unless the holder is in possession of a valid and appropriate class – or type rating, except for a pilot who is undergoing a skill or proficiency check for the revalidation of a class or type rating, or is receiving flight instruction. b) Notwithstanding point a) pilots may, in the case of flights related to the introduction or modification of aircraft types, hold a special certificate issued by the competent authority that gives them permission to carry out the flights. The validity of this authorisation is limited to those particular flights.

c) Without prejudice to paragraph a) and b), in the case of flights related to the introduction or modification of aircraft types conducted by design or production organisations within the scope of their powers, as well as instruction flights for the issue of a rating for test flights, pilots who do not meet the requirements of this Subpart cannot hold a rating for test flights in accordance with FCL.820. FCL.705   Competencies of the holder of a class or type rating

The competencies of the holder of a class or type rating include acting as a pilot in the class or type of aircraft specified in the rating.

FCL.710 Class and type ratings – variants a) To extend its competencies to another variant of aircraft within one class or type rating, the pilot shall take a differences-, or familiarisation training. In the case of variants within a type rating, the differences-, or familiarisation training shall include the relevant elements defined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part 21.

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b) If during 2 years following the differences training one has not flown with the variant, further differences training or a proficiency check for that variant is required to maintain the competencies, except for types or variants within the class ratings for single-engine piston aircraft and TMG. ▼B c) The differences training shall be entered in the logbook of the pilot or an equivalent document and signed by the relevant instructor.

FCL.725 Requirements for the issue of class and type ratings a) Training course. An applicant for a class or type rating shall follow a training course at an ATO. The training course for a type rating needs to contain the mandatory training elements for the relevant type as defined in the operational suitability data determined in accordance with Part 21. b) Theory exam. The applicant for a class or type rating shall pass a theoretical knowledge examination organised by the ATO to demonstrate that he possesses the theoretical knowledge required for the safe operation of the applicable type or the applicable class of aircraft.

1) For more pilot-pilot aircrafts, the theoretical examination shall comprise at least 100 multiple-choice questions, appropriately distributed over the main subjects of the syllabus.

2) For multi-engine, single pilot certified aircrafts, the theoretical knowledge examination shall be done in writing and the number of multiple-choice questions depend on the complexity of the aircraft. 3) For single-engine aircrafts, the theoretical exam is taken orally in front of the examiner during the skill test to determine whether one has or has not acquired sufficient knowledge. 4) For one-pilot certified winged airplanes that are classified as high performance airplanes, the theoretical test must be done in writing and contain at least 100 multiple-choice questions distributed appropriately over the topics of the syllabus. c) Skills. An applicant for a class or type rating shall pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part to demonstrate that he possesses the required skill level for safe operation of the applicable class or the applicable type of aircraft. The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of six months after the start of the training course for class or type rating, within a period of six months preceding the application for the issue of the class or type rating. d) An applicant who already holds a type rating for an aircraft type and who is responsible for operations with one or more pilots shall be deemed to have already fulfilled the theoretical requirements when applying for competencies for the other form of operation on the same aircraft type, adding them to their competencies. e) Notwithstanding the paragraphs above, pilots that hold a competence certificate for test flights, issued in accordance with FCL.820 who were involved in the development, certification or production flight testing of an aircraft type, and, have flown either 50 hours total flight time or 10 hours flight time as PIC during test flights in that type, have the right to submit an application for the issue of the relevant type rating, provided that they meet the experiential requirements and prerequisites for the issue of that type rating as determined in this Subpart for the relevant aircraft category .

FCL.740 Validity and renewal of class and type ratings a) The period of validity of class and type ratings shall be one year, except for Class ratings for one-pilot certified single-engine aircraft, for which the validity period is two years, unless otherwise determined by the data for operational suitability in accordance with part 21. b) Renewal. If a class or type rating has expired, the candidate must: 1) if necessary, receive refresher training at an ATO to reach the level of proficiency required for the safe operation of the relevant class of the relevant type of aircraft; and 2) pass a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 of this part.

SECTION 2 Specific requirements for the category winged airplanes

FCL.720.A Experience requirements and prerequisites for the issue of a class or type rating – winged airplanes

Unless otherwise determined in the data for operational suitability in accordance with Part 21, an applicant for a class – or type rating needs to comply the experiential requirements and prerequisites for the issue of the relevant certificate: a) Onepilot-certified multi-engine airplanes. An applicant for a first class or type rating on a onepilot certified multi-engine airplane shall have completed at least 70 hours as PIC on winged airplanes.

b) Onepilot certified non-complex winged airplanes with high performance.

Before commencing the flight training an applicant for a first class or type rating for a one-pilot certified airplane classified as an winged airplane with high performance must: 1) at least have a total of 200 hours of flight experience, including 70 hours as PIC on airplanes; and 2) i) hold a certificate of successful completion of a course for additional theoretical knowledge undertaken at an ATO; or ii) have passed the theoretical examinations for ATPL (A) in accordance with this Part; or

iii) in addition to a license issued in accordance with this Part, be the holder of an ATPL (A) or CPL (A) / IR with an exemption for ATPL (A) theoretical knowledge, issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1;

3) in addition, pilots who want to acquire the competency for the multipilot operation of the winged airplane need to comply with the requirements of d), 4).

c) Onepilot-certified complex airplanes with high performance. Applicants for the issue of a first type rating for a complex onepilot certified airplane classified as an winged airplane with high performance must, in addition to meeting the requirements under b) also hold a multi-engine IR (A). d) multi pilot certified airplanes. An applicant for the first type rating course for a multi-pilot certified winged airplane should be a student pilot who follows a training at that time in an MPL training course or comply with the following requirements: 1) at least 70 hours of flight experience as PIC on winged airplanes; 2) hold a multi-engine IR (A); 3) have passed the theoretical examinations for ATPL (A) in accordance with this Part; and 4) except when the type rating course is combined with an MCC course: i) hold a certificate of completion of an MCC course in winged airplanes; or ii) hold a certificate of completion of MCC in helicopters and more than 100 hours of flight experience as pilot in multi-pilot certified helicopters; or iii) at least 500 hours of flight experience as pilot in multi-pilot certified helicopters; or iv) at least have 500 hours of flight experience as a pilot during multi pilot operation in onepilot certified multi-engine airplanes, during commercial air transport in accordance with the  requirements applicable to air operations. e) Without prejudice to paragraph d) a Member State may issue a type rating with restricted privileges for multi-pilot certified airplanes conferring the right the holder to act as a pilot for taking turns during a  cruise flight above flight level 200, provided two other crew members have a type rating in accordance with point d)

f) Extra type ratings for multi-pilot certified and uncertified onepilot-certified complex winged airplanes with high performance. An applicant for the issuance of additional type ratings for multi-pilot certified winged airplanes and for onepilot-certified complex airplanes with high performance must hold a multi-engine IR (A).

g) If determined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part 21, exercising the competencies of a type rating can initially be limited to flights under the supervision of an instructor. The flight hours under supervision shall be entered in the logbook of the pilot or an equivalent document and signed by the instructor. The restriction will be removed when the pilot has shown that flight hours under supervision, required for the data for operational suitability, are completed.

FCL.725.A Theory of Knowledge and flight instruction for the issue of class and type ratings – winged airplanes

Unless otherwise determined in the data for operational suitability established in accordance with section 21:

a) onepilot-certified multi-engine airplanes.

1) The theoretical training for a class rating for onepilot-certified multi-engine winged airplanes shall include at least 7 hours of instruction of operations of multi-engine winged airplanes. 2) The course flight training for a class or type rating for onepilot-certified multi-engine winged airplanes contains at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of dual control instruction under normal conditions of multi-engine airplanes, and no less than 3 hours and 30 minutes of dual control instruction with engine failure procedures and asymmetric flight techniques .

b) Onepilot-certified seaplanes. The training course for the certificate for onepilot-certified seaplanes shall include theoretical knowledge and flight instruction. The flight training for a class or type rating – seaplane for onepilot-certified seaplanes must contain at least 8 hours of dual control instruction if the applicant holds the land version of the relevant class or type rating, or 10 hours if the applicant does not hold such a rating . FCL.730.A Specific requirements for pilots who train for type rating without having actual flight time(Zero Flight Type Rating, ZFTT) – Winged airplanes

a) An aircraft pilot, who follows a ZFTT training, shall on a multipilot-certified winged airplane with turbo-jet engines in accordance with the CS-25 standards or an equivalent airworthiness directive or a multipilot-certified winged airplane with turboprop engines with a MTOM of not less than 10 tonnes or an approved passenger seating configuration of more than 19 passengers, at least: 1) have completed 1500 hours of flight time or 250 route sectors if an FFS is used during the training appropriate for a level CG, C or interim C  ;

2) have completed 500 hours of flight time or 100 route sectors if a FFS is used during the training appropriate for a level DG or D. b) When a pilot is changing from an airplane with turboprop engines to a turbo-jet aircraft, or vice versa, additional simulator training is required.

FCL.735.A Training Course mutual crew cooperation (MCC) – Winged airplanes

a) The MCC training course shall comprise at least: 1) 25 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction and exercises; and 2) 20 hours of practical MCC training, or 15 hours in the case of student pilots attending an ATP integrated course. One should use a FNPT II MCC or an FFS. When the MCC training is combined with initial training for type rating, the practical MCC training may be reduced to not less than 10 hours if the same FFS is used for both the MCC training as for the type rating. b) The MCC training should be completed at an ATO within six months. c) Unless the MCC course has been combined with a course for a type rating, the candidate will receive a certificate of completion upon completion of the MCC training course. d) An applicant having completed MCC training for any other category of aircraft shall be exempted from the requirements in a) 1).

FCL.740.A Extension of class and type ratings – Winged airplanes

a) Revalidation of multi-engine class ratings and type ratings. For revalidation of multi-engine class ratings and type ratings, the applicant shall:

1) pass a proficiency check within the three months prior to the expiry date of the rating in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part, in the relevant class or the type of airplane or an FSTD representative of that class or type; and 2) during the validity period of the certificate at least have completed: i) 10 route sectors as pilot of the relevant class or type of airplane; or ii) 1 route sector as pilot of the relevant class or type of airplane or FFS, flown with an examiner. This route sector may be flown during the proficiency check. 3) A pilot who works for an operator of commercial air transport, approved in accordance with the requirements applicable to air operations and who has passed the qualification examination of the operator, combined with the proficiency check for the renewal of the class or type rating, gets exemption from the requirements under 2). 4) The renewal of a rating for ‘en route’ -instrument flying(EIR) and an IR (A), if one is a holder thereof, can be combined with a proficiency check for the revalidation of a class or type rating. b) Extension of class ratings for single-pilot certified single-engine airplanes. 1) Class Authorisation for airplanes with single piston engines and ratings for TMG. For the extension of a class rating for a single-pilot certified winged airplane with a single piston or TMG, the candidate shall:

i) pass the proficiency check within the three months prior to the expiry date of the authorisation in the relevant class in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part with an examiner, or ii) within the twelve months preceding the expiry date of the authorisation, have completed 12 hours of flight time in the relevant class, including: – 6 hours as PIC; – 12 takeoffs and 12 landings, and – have undergone refresher training of at least 1 hour total flight time with a flight instructor (FI) or a class instructor (CRI). Candidates are entitled to waive this refresher course if they have passed a proficiency check for a class or type rating, a skill or competence assessment in another class or another type of airplanes. 2) When the applicant holds both a class rating for single-engine piston airplane (land) and a TMG rating, he may complete the requirements in paragraph 1) in either class or a combination thereof, thus extending both their ratings. 3) Onepilot-certified winged airplane with single-engine turboprop. For the purpose of extending class ratings for winged airplanes with single engine turboprop, the candidate must do a proficiency test within the three months preceding the expiry date of the rating in an airplane of the relevant class in accordance with Appendix 9 of this part. 4) When applicants hold a class rating for both single engine winged airplanes with piston (land) as a class rating for one engine winged airplanes with piston (sea), they may meet the requirements of paragraph 1, ii) in either class or a combination thereof, and thus meet the requirements for both ratings. At least 1 hour of the required time as PIC and 6 of the required 12 take-offs and landings must be accomplished in each class.

c) An applicant who fails to pass all sections of a proficiency check sufficiently before the expiry date of a type or class rating, cannot exercise the competencies of that certificate until the proficiency check has successfully been completed.