Endorsements

MULTI ENGINE ENDORSEMENT

Many pilots eventually wish to advance their flying skills by moving on to flying multi-engine aircraft. You may choose to do this for professional reasons to advance your flying career, but if you are a private pilot you may be interested in a multi-engine endorsement to further your enjoyment and add a higher level of safety to your flying.

Multi-engine aircraft are usually bigger and will fly further, higher, faster and provide for a more comfortable ride than most single-engine aircraft. In order to safely fly these aircraft it is important to consider that multi-engine aircraft are also more complicated to operate.

Flight training

An initial multi-engine endorsement with Par Avion Flight Training (PAFT) will cover all aspects of operating a multi-engine aeroplane, including normal and abnormal operations. It is important to understand the definitions relating to multi-engine flying, performance, engine failure and asymmetric (single-engine) handling.

Initially you will go out to the training area for some basic aircraft familiarisation, before learning to fly the aircraft on only one engine (asymmetric). Then it is back into the circuit area for some circuits, firstly with both engines working and then, when you have mastered the speed and handling of the aircraft, it is time to hone your skills when only one of the engines is operating. All flight training is carefully managed by one of our senior flight instructors.

CASA’s syllabus recommends 7 hours of training for an initial multi-engine endorsement.

Choice of aircraft

PAFT has numerous aircraft available for the multi-engine endorsement. We recommend the following:

  • Beechcraft Duchess
  • Britten Norman Islander

We also have more advanced aircraft available, including:

  • Piper Navajo/Chieftain
  • Cessna Titan

 

Contact us to discuss training and costs.

LOW LEVEL ENDORSEMENT

Obtaining a low level endorsement is a regulatory requirement before a pilot can operate below 500 feet above ground level. This endorsement will be necessary for many types of flying, including agricultural flying, aerial survey and mustering.

A low level endorsement can be completed in six and a half hours of flight training. This training includes visual judgement skills, flying in mountainous terrain, general handling and terrain-following.

 

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CONSTANT SPEED UNIT ENDORSEMENT

The Constant Speed Unit Endorsement opens up opportunities to fly more sophisticated and higher-performance aircraft.

Basic training aircraft, such as the Cessna 172, are normally fitted with a fixed pitch propeller. This means that the blade angle, or pitch, of the propeller blade is set at manufacture and cannot be changed during flight.

More sophisticated aircraft, such as the Cessna 206 and most twin-engine aircraft, are fitted with variable pitch propellers that are controlled by a constant speed unit (CSU). This is controlled by a lever, or levers, in the cockpit allowing the pilot to manually alter the pitch of the propeller blades relative to the airflow. The advantages include better efficiency such as increased airspeed and lower fuel consumption.

The operation of a CSU system requires a design feature endorsement. This was previously known as a “constant speed unit” endorsement, but is now called “manual propeller pitch control” endorsement.

This endorsement is normally included in your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) training with Par Avion Flight Training. The endorsement includes everything you need to know about flying an aircraft with a variable pitch propeller. The endorsement can also be taken separately from the CPL.

 

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RETRACTABLE UNDERCARRIAGE ENDORSEMENT

High performance aircraft typically have an undercarriage system that retracts into the aircraft fuselage to reduce drag when not in the landing configuration. Less drag on the aircraft in flight allows for higher speeds and reduced fuel consumption. This course teaches you the concepts and practical application of operating an aircraft with this feature.

The operation of this system requires a special design feature endorsement known as the retractable undercarriage endorsement. Training will include:

  • Types of Undercarriage Systems
  • Limitations
  • Pre-Flight Considerations
  • Cockpit Controls & Indicators
  • Operating Procedures
  • General Aircraft Handling
  • Abnormal / Emergency Procedures
  • Circuits

Pilots will usually complete the retractable undercarriage endorsement at the same time as their initial multi-engine endorsement training.

 

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Aircraft Type Specific

Par Avion Flight Training has a diverse fleet of single and twin-engine aircraft available for type-specific training:

You can see more information about an aircraft-type by clicking its name (above).

 

Contact us to discuss your needs. We’ll give you more information about the requirements and costs, and discuss options for undertaking the endorsement.