Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)

The Federal Aviation Regulations require that candidates for pilot certificates, ratings or endorsements receive a certain amount of training, both in the air and on the ground, in order to obtain that certificate. MEIs are responsible for teaching pilots how to fly multi-engine aircraft as well as ensuring that certificated pilots maintain their proficiency


  • Provide required training for multi-engine rating candidates
  • Endorse multi-engine candidates to take FAA oral and practical exams

Requirements (Part 61)

You must possess a commercial certificate in order to become a Multi Engine Instructor. The various requirements necessary to prepare a flight instructor candidate vary based on the individual’s level of experience. The following breakdown is a conservative estimate based on prior candidates, but please be aware that this is an ESTIMATE for individuals who have already acquired their initial instructor rating:

Ground (10 Hours)

Ground lessons are a major component of flight instructor training. You and your instructor will cover everything set forth in the Multi-Engine Instructor Practical Test Standards, which essentially requires you to learn how to teach everything set forth in the Multi-Engine Practical Test Standards. You are not only required to possess a solid understanding of all principles, but you must also be able to teach these principles to students, therefore this training will include curriculum planning.

Flight (10 Hours)

The flight portion of this training directly relates to everything you discussed in your ground lessons. You will be required to fly all maneuvers from the right seat within the parameters set forth in the Practical Test Standards. You must also be able to clearly explain how to perform these maneuvers while doing so.

Estimated Cost



Total Cost

Ground Instruction (Sr. MEI)


$ 700.00

Dual Flight (Piper Seminole w/ Sr. CFI)


$ 3,650.00

Check Ride (Examiner Fee)

$ 450.00

Check Ride (Piper Seminole Rental)


$ 442.50



$ 5,242.50