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Multi-engine Instrument addon?

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I am planning to wrap up my multi and commercial and a guy at one of the schoools said.. "you also need to get your multi-engine instrument add on" has anyone heard of that?  Is that a requirement to go work with the airlines?

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  1. Wes Beard on May 21, 2013

    The multi engine practical test usually covers the instrument portion at the same time. You could go for a multi engine VFR addon and just complete the PTS tasks listed in the commercial PTS for the addon rating.

    Most applicants will also complete those items applicable to multi engines in the instrument PTS. When you pass both, you will get a commercial multi engine rating allowing you to fly VFR or IFR.

    It should take 3-5 hours to master the VFR maneuvers and another 5-10hours for the instrument portion. One checkride should cover both unless for some reason you decide to do each separately.

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  2. Kris Kortokrax on May 21, 2013

    There is only one instrument rating for airplanes. Instrument-airplane.

    However, if you get your instrument rating in a single and subsequently add on a multi-engine rating, there are two tasks in the M/E PTS which must be accomplished by reference to instruments:

    1 Engine failure during flight and
    2 Single engine approach

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  3. Bruce J. Sato on May 23, 2013

    It is possible to do it without the instrument portion, However when I did my commercial multi-engine I asked the examiner if it was common to not do the instrument portion (Single engine Approach) he said “it is a rare occasion but I haven’t done any of those just yet”. You just have a limitation.

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