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What constitutes a high performance in a twin?

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Does a 160 HP Twin qualify as High Performance?

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  1. John D Collins on Sep 12, 2013

    No, as far as relating to the requirement in 61.31 (f) for a high-performance endorsement, the regulation specifies “high-performance airplane (an engine of more than 200 horsepower)”. Although the total power of the two engines is 320 horsepower, the twin does not have “an engine of more than 200 horsepower”. The relevant section is quoted for your convenience.

    (f) Additional training required for operating high-performance airplanes.

    (1) Except as provided in paragraph (f)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a high-performance airplane (an airplane with an engine of more than 200 horsepower), unless the person has–

    (i) Received and logged ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a high-performance airplane, or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a high-performance airplane, and has been found proficient in the operation and systems of the airplane; and
    (ii) Received a one-time endorsement in the pilot’s logbook from an authorized instructor who certifies the person is proficient to operate a high-performance airplane.

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