Multi Engine Piston rating (MEP)
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What is the MEP?
The MEP or Multi Engine Piston rating allows you to act as the pilot on the multi engine piston class of aircraft.
We will keep the information fairly brief here as you will most likely complete the multi engine training along with your Instrument Rating (IR).
What do I need to start my MEP course?
- Hold a valid ICAO PPL(A).
- Hold a Class 1 or 2 medical.
- Have 70 hours pilot in command.
What does the MEP course consist of?
The course consists of:
- 2 hours 30 minutes dual instruction under normal, multi-engine flight conditions
- 3 hours 30 minutes of dual instruction on engine failures and asymmetric flight techniques.
- 7 hours of ground school classes to learn about the differences between single engine and multi engine aircraft.
- A multiple-choice exam paper where you must achieve a 75% or greater pass mark.
What are the MEP lessons made up of?
The UK CAA have produced a document that clearly sets out the course called CAP 601:
What can I expect in the MEP skills test?
- General handling of the aeroplane (normal procedures).
- General handling of the aeroplane (abnormal and emergency procedures).
- Flight with one engine inoperative (asymmetric flight).
- Cross country VFR flight via planned route (1 track segment of at min. 15 minutes).
- Use of radio navigation aids (VOR, LOC, ILS, GNSS).
How long does the MEP course take to complete?
Like the CPL, this depends on a number of factors including your availability, the instructor’s availability and of course the weather, but it is wise to allow 1-2 weeks.
How much does the MEP course cost?
As with the CPL this very much depends on the school you choose, their location and the aircraft type. Things such as landing fees vary as do fuel costs, but you will need to allow between £3,500 – £5,000.