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Teach in a Twin-Engine Airplane!

Adding a Multi-Engine Rating to your Flight Instructor Certificate will allow you to teach in a larger variety of aircraft and provide training for pilots seeking to start a career in aviation.

  • Online scheduling
  • Part 61 and Part 141 programs available
  • In-person or virtual ground school available
  • VA-Approved
  • Non-U.S. Citizens welcome!
  • Our maintenance team will keep you flying
  • Fuel and line service included

Privileges and Limitations

A Multi-Engine Airplane Rating on your Flight Instructor Certificate will allow you to teach in Multi-Engine Airplanes.

The FAA requires Flight Instructors to have at least 5 hours of PIC time in a particular make\model to be able to provide instruction in that airplane towards an FAA-issued certificate. This does not apply towards training provided for currency or proficiency.


Before starting your Flight Instructor Instrument – Airplane training at Regal Air you must meet the following requirements:

  • FAA issued Certificated Flight Instructor Certificate with an Airplane Single-Engine Rating
  • FAA issued Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Multi-Engine Rating
  • Read, speak, and understand the English language
  • 3rd Class medical privileges or BasicMed
It is recommended that Flight Instructors earn a Flight Instructor Instrument-Airplane rating prior to a multi-engine rating, although it is not required. Not having a Flight Instructor Instrument-Airplane rating will limit the training you may provide your students.

Course Content

Ground Training

To add a Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) rating to your CFI Certificate you will take ground training to prepare you for the FAA’s Flight Instructor Airplane Multi-Engine practical test. There is no need to take a knowledge test for this rating.

To prepare you for the Practical Test you will develop lesson plans and prepare to provide instruction in the following:

  • Multi-Engine Airplane Performance 
  • Multi-Engine Weight and Balance
  • Multi-Engine Aerodynamics
  • Engine Inoperative Performance and Aerodynamics
  • Normal and Emergency Procedures for Multi-Engine Airplanes
  • Multi-Engine Airplane Systems

We understand that everyone has a different schedule and different needs. We offer several options to complete ground training based on your personal needs:

  • Take our in-person ground school in the classroom at Regal Air
  • Take our ground school via Zoom
  • Complete guided self-study with one of our instructors
  • Complete a ground training course from a reputable 3rd party

Flight Training

Flight training is provided by an experienced Certificated Multi-Engine Airplane Flight Instructor (MEI). The purpose of this flight training is to teach you the skills, knowledge, and judgment required to safely teach others to fly multi-engine airplanes and to prepare you for the FAA’s Flight Instructor – Multi-Engine Airplane Practical Test conducted by a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

Flight Training Content

Our MEI training course has a two stages, each concluding with a Stage Check by one of our highly experienced Check Instructors. The course concludes with an End of Course Check, conducted by a Check Instructor, to ensure you are well prepared for the practical test.

Stage 5

The focus of this stage is practicing and analyzing multi-engine airplane operations. You will practice performing all of the procedures and maneuvers required by the FAA from the right seat.

Stage 6

In this stage you will practice flying and explaining all of the procedures and maneuvers you practiced in Stage 5. By the end of this stage, you should be able to perform all of the required procedures and maneuvers to the same standards required for commercial pilot certificate, from the right seat, while explaining how to perform them. 

Flight Instructors

At Regal Air we understand that one of the most important factors affecting the success of students during flight training is the relationship with their instructor. We have several CFIs who are qualified to provide training for CFII applicants and are able to meet your scheduling requirements.


Regal Air has a Piper PA-34 Seneca available for multi-engine training. It is equipped with normally aspirated, 200 horsepower engines and counter-rotating propellers. This makes the airplane relatively easy to fly while simulating engine failures. It is equipped with Garmin GTN650 WAAS capable GPS equipment and Garmin G5 Attitude Indicators and HSI, making it a capable instrument platform.

We may be able to provide training in your own multi-engine airplane. Contact us to discuss the feasibility of training in your airplane.

Maintenance and Line Support

One of our biggest advantages at Regal Air is the availability of line and maintenance support. Our large team of professional Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) ensures that our airplanes are in top shape and available for use when you need them. Our line crew tops off the airplane’s fuel tanks between flights so you don’t have to.

Course Requirements (Part 61)

Training may be completed under two sets of FAA regulations, Part 61 and Part 141. 

While there is no specific minimum hour requirement to complete this program under Part 61, instructors need to have at least 15 hours of PIC time in category and class to be able to apply for an additional instructor rating. Additionally, flight time will vary based on the applicants current level of proficiency with multi-engine airplanes. Training time may vary from 5-15 hours. The amount of ground training required will vary from individual to individual. The focus of the ground training is on practice instruction for all the technical subject areas and special emphasis areas applicable to the practical test required by the FAA. This ground training can vary from 5-10 hours.

  • Receive all the required ground training
  • Receive all the required flight training
  • Pass the FAA’s Practical Test for Flight Instructor – Airplane Multi-Engine with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)

Course Requirements (Part 141)

Training may be completed under two sets of FAA regulations, Part 61 and Part 141. 

The FAA requires Part 141 Flight Instructor training programs that add a category or class rating to a pre-existing certificate to have at least 20 hours of Ground Instruction.  The 141 course is also required to have at least 25 hours of flight training within the course.

  • Receive all the required ground training (20 hours)
  • Receive all the required flight training (25 hours)
  • Pass all Stage Checks and Exams
  • Pass the End of Course Check and Exam
  • Pass the FAA’s Practical Test for Flight Instructor – Airplane Multi-Engine with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)

Course Costs

Part 61

$2,500 – $6,400

Part 141

$9,400 – $10,400

Regal Air works on a pay as you go system. There are no up-front costs to start flight training and you can simply pay for each lesson as you take it. We have a Premier Plan which can save you money as well as additional discounts if you make a deposit into an account at Regal Air. Please contact us about these options. Course costs vary greatly depending on the program chosen, the pilot’s background, and current level of proficiency. To help reduce costs you should:

  • Research and prepare your lesson plans on your own, with CFI guidance
  • Practice teaching aviation subjects to other people
  • Prepare for your flights and know what will be performed ahead of time
  • Rehearse for your flight lessons on your own
  • Team up with another student to ride along and learn from each other
  • Fly at least 2-3 times a week to ensure constant progress
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