The Multi Engine Piston is a so-called class rating required to fly any aircraft with multiple engines (usually two piston engines fueled by gasoline or diesel).This class of aircraft has typical cruising speeds between 250 km/h and 400 km/h and ranges from 1000 km to about 2100 km. Most aircraft in this class have between 2 and 6 seats, providing ample passenger space and significantly higher flight performance than comparable single-engine aircraft. In addition, due to the increased redundancy provided by the additional engine, there is a large safety benefit for flying at night, in bad weather, or over larger areas of water.

Diamond DA42NG - ein typisches Flugzeug der MEP-Klasse

  Diamond DA42NG - a typical MEP class aircraft

This rating is restricted to piston engines, i.e. you may not fly turbine-powered aircraft (turbo-prop, jet) with this rating alone. For these you need a separate type rating.

We already train you according to the latest European regulations for the licensing of aircraft crews (EU Flight Crew Licensing/EU-FCL). For you, this means that you are immediately allowed to fly with all aircraft licensed in the European Union, which was not possible before without additional steps.

This rating is in addition to existing other ratings and gives you the opportunity for further additional training and education such as flying larger aircraft with multiple engines by instrument (Multi Engine Instrument Rating) and is also one of the prerequisites for entry into professional flying (Commercial Pilot License/CPL as well as Line Pilot License/ATPL) and for most type ratings.

The training consists of a theory part and the flight training.

Theory training

The theory training teaches you everything you need for flight practice. For theory training we use a combination of classroom training in our modern and conveniently located seminar hotel (InterCity Seminarhotel, 1070 Vienna, Mariahilfer Strasse 122 or if necessary at other training locations) and computer-assisted self-study accompanied by our instructors. Of course, there is also the possibility of individual theory training.

The curriculum will be tailored to the training aircraft used and will include:

  • Aeroplane structure and equipment, normal operation of systems and malfunctions
  • Limitations
  • Performance, flight planning and monitoring
  • Load, balance and servicing
  • Emergency procedures

The final exam takes place directly at our flight school. A separate theory exam at the Austrian aviation authority Austrocontrol is not required.

flight training

The flight training can be started at the same time as the theory training. The training includes at least 6 flight hours, part of which can be completed on a simulator.

The training includes the following training blocks:

  • Pre-flight operations, including mass and balance determination, aeroplane inspection and servicing
  • Normal flight operations
  • Flight at critically low and high airspeeds (including stalls and spiral dives), upset recovery
  • Maximum performance operations
  • Emergency operations, including simulated equipment malfunctions
  • Flight with asymmetric power


What you need for the start of the training:

  • a valid PPL or higher license
  • Minimum flight experience - we will discuss details with you before the start of training

duration of training

The duration of training is highly dependent on your personal time budget and usually takes a few days. The more time you reserve for theoretical and practical training, the faster you will progress in the training. If you wish, we can always provide you with the shortest possible training period.