Multi-engine Piston (MEP)

What you need to know

The Multi-engine piston is a class rating which is required to fly multi-engine aircraft. Once you have the rating then you might need to complete differences training for each new type of MEP aircraft. The differences are detailed on the “Extra Ratings” tab.

  • Need 70 hrs PIC before starting MEP course
  • 7 hrs ground school covering aircraft tech and asymetric flight (VMCA)
  • Valid for 1 year from licence issue
  • Course 6 hrs flying of which 3:30 needs to be asymmetric plus test.

CAA form – SRG1119C

To revalidate the rating you must pass a proficiency check within three months prior to expiry. If you have not flown at least 10 route sectors as pilot of MEP aircraft (or type) then one route sector must be flown as part of the proficiency check. A route sector is a flight with take-off, departure, cruise of not less than 15 minutes, arrival, approach, and landing phases.

If you satisfy the requirements above then the license is valid for an additional 12 months from the expiry date, not the proficiency check date.

Validity period

  • 1 year from the date of passing the MEP skills test.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

If you are applying on the basis of training and testing conducted by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation you must send copies of the following:

  • the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate
  • the examiners licence and examiner authorisation certificate
  • the current and valid examiner briefing certificate, issued by the UK CAA.

If you are applying on the basis of a Third country ICAO licence conversion you will need to send us:

  • the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate,
  • a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO); or the holder of a registration for a Registered Training Facility (RTF); or an examiner authorised by the CAA

How to apply

Once all of the requirements above have been met, please complete and submit the online application form.

What to expect

  • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.
  • Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.
  • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending while the additional requirements are met.
  • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements. This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.


You must have:

  • a current and valid flight crew licence issued by the UK CAA.
  • completed at least 70 hours as PIC on aeroplanes.
  • a current and valid language proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA.
  • a valid PART MED medical certificate appropriate for your licence and your medical records must be held by the UK CAA.

Theory, Flight Training and Skills Test Requirements

You must have completed and passed:

  • a training course at an ATO, approved under Part-ORA. The type rating training course shall include the mandatory training elements for the relevant type as defined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part-21.
  • a theory course that includes at least 7 hours of instruction in multi-engine aeroplane operations.
  • a flight training course that includes at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of dual flight instruction under normal conditions of multi-engine aeroplane operations, and not less than 3 hours 30 minutes of dual flight instruction in engine failure procedures and asymmetric flight techniques.
  • a written theory exam organised by the ATO.
  • a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL. This must be completed within the 6 months after you begin the training course and within the 6 months before you apply for the class rating.

Please ensure that your examiner has met the designation of examiner for skills test for initial issue of Licences, ratings and certificates and Briefing of Non UK examiners requirements, as detailed in information notice IN 2015/050 and IN 2014/110, if applicable).

Experience requirements

If you have not held a multi-engine piston (single pilot) rating before, you will need to complete at least 70 hours as pilot-in-command (PIC) on aeroplanes in addition to the below requirements.

Flight instruction

You will need to complete the following at an approved training organisation (ATO):

  • at least 2.5 hours of dual flight instruction in multi-engine aeroplane operations under normal conditions
  • at least 3.5 hours of dual flight instruction in engine failure procedures and asymmetric flight techniques

Theoretical knowledge training

You will need to take 7 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction in multi-engine aeroplane operations at an ATO.


To revalidate the rating, you must pass a proficiency check in a multi-engine piston (single-pilot) aeroplane or in an FSTD representing such an aeroplane.

Proficiency check requirements

The proficiency check must take place within the 3 months preceding the rating’s expiry date and you must have completed the following during the validity period of the rating:

  • at least 10 route sectors as pilot of a single-pilot multi-engine aeroplane, or
  • at least 1 route sector as pilot of a single-pilot multi-engine aeroplane or FFS, flown with an examiner. This route sector may be flown during the proficiency check.

Exemption for commercial air transport pilots

  • If you work as a pilot for an approved commercial air transport operator and you have passed the operator’s proficiency check combined with the proficiency check for revalidation of the rating, then you do not have to have completed the route sectors listed above.

Failing the proficiency check

If you do not achieve a pass in all sections of the proficiency check before the expiry date of the rating then you cannot exercise any of the privileges of the rating until you have passed the proficiency check.