Embracing the Complexity: Commercial Maneuvers in a Multiengine Aircraft

Currently, I am accumulating complex airplane hours to meet the commercial license requirements, opting to do so in a multi-engine aircraft. While the fundamental principles of maneuvering remain consistent between multi-engine and single-engine airplanes, the former involves additional procedures and a broader speed range.

The primary distinction, for me, lies not just in the extra engine but in the features of a complex airplane, such as a fixed-speed prop and retractable gear – something I’ve never experienced before. Managing two engines demands a more meticulous instrument scan, essentially handling two sets of engine instruments. During basic maneuvers, the pilot must manipulate various levers (like throttle, mixture, or prop) for both engines simultaneously. Since our aircraft lacks automatic engine synchronization, I also need to make minor adjustments to one engine’s controls to minimize noise and vibration.

The primary difference in the multi-engine course lies in single-engine operations. In contrast to maneuvers, it entails an entirely new set of procedures, and everything happens more rapidly. Since I’m pursuing an ME rating as well, we’re actively engaging in one-engine procedures as part of the training.

Anyway, despite the challenges, I love this heavy mighty airplane 🙂


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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada