What is the Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating- MEP IR(A)?
- MEP IR(A) is a must for professional airline pilots
The Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating – MEP IR(A) extends the privileges of a Private Pilot License – PPL(A) or Commercial Pilot License – CPL(A). One of the main takeaways of the training is to understand the differences between a single engine piston and a multi-engine piston aircraft.
- MEP IR(A) allows you to pilot aircraft with more than one engine under IFR
The Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating – MEP IR(A) allows you to fly an aircraft with more than one engine under instrument flight rules – IFR.
What are the Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating- MEP IR(A) course entry requirements?
The Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating – MEP IR(A) course entry requirements are as follows:
- To be at least PPL(A) holder with SEP/IR rating
You need to be a holder of a valid EASA Private Pilot License – PPL(A) or Commercial Pilot License – CPL(A) with Single Engine Piston/Instrument Rating – SEP/IR.
- To be at least Class 2 Medical holder
You need to be physically fit for flying (capable of holding EASA Class 2 Pilot Medical Certificate).
- To be proficient in the English language
You need to be proficient in the English language ICAO English Language Proficiency minimum level 4).
- To have sufficient flight experience (70 hours PIC)
Prior to the final practical flight examination, you need to have at least 70 PIC flight hours (If you wish to find out more about how to build your Pilot in Command hours, please click here).
What can I do with my Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating – MEP IR(A)?
The Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating – MEP IR(A) allows you to fly an airplane with more than one engine under IFR
The Multi Engine Piston rating extends the privileges of PPL(A) or CPL(A) to flying airplanes with more than one engine. You will need an instrument rating attached to your MEP(A) qualification if you want to fly under instrument flight rules – IFR. The instrument rating enables you to fly the aircraft solely with reference to the in-cockpit instrumentation. This means you will be able to fly in cloud and other circumstances of reduced visibility.
Once you complete your Multi Engine Piston Instrument rating training, you will get your MEP/IR(A) qualification added on your EASA Private Pilot License – PPL(A) or EASA Commercial Pilot License – CPL(A).
The Multi Engine Piston Instrument rating – MEP IR(A) is valid for 12 months and is renewed during a flight test with a Flight Examiner.
How can I get my Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating – MEP IR(A)?
Step 1: complete the theoretical training
Theoretical preparation takes minimum 5 hours with an instructor, during which you will become familiar with the multi engine piston airplane, systems and aerodynamics. You will also learn the procedures and maneuvers that apply in multi-engine airplane during normal and engine-out operations under IFR.
Step 2: complete the practical training
The training is divided into 3 stages.
focuses on the student’s general aircraft handling abilities while under IFR conditions, including single engine operation. The student will learn precise airplane attitude control by instrument reference. He will also gain greater confidence and competence in the use of navigation systems.
introduces and trains the student on holding patterns and instrument approaches, including circling and missed approach procedures. The student will learn to correctly perform holding patterns and accurate instrument approaches using full and partial panel techniques as well as flying approaches with one engine inoperative.
The objective of Stage 3 is to introduce the student to IFR cross-country procedures and to increase the student’s proficiency to the level required of an instrument rated pilot.
Step 3: pass a practical flight examination
To prove your practical skills, you will need to pass practical flight test with an approved examiner.
You will need to prove your ability to:
- operate the airplane within its limitations,
- complete course specific manoeuvres as smooth and as accurate as possible,
- exercise good judgment and airmanship,
- apply aeronautical knowledge,
- maintain control of the airplane at all times.
How much does the Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating- MEP IR(A) course cost?
The course price starts from 2161 EUR. Training fees are covering the following items and services:
- Instructor time for ground school & practical training
- Plane rental, including fuel
- Access to the Learning Management System
- All training manuals
*All training fees are bound to the actual exchange rates of the local currency of the Flying Academy base where the training or a part of the training is provided. Learn more about complete training fees.
How long does it take to complete the Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating – MEP IR(A)?
The duration of Multi Engine Piston Instrument Rating- MEP IR(A) training depends on the trainee’s time availability for both theoretical and practical training and the minimum duration is 1 weeks.