Depending on currency and proficiency, most pilots can complete their training to add a multiengine class rating to their private or commercial certificate in 5 to 10 hours of flying over a period of 3 to 4 days.
An FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, Bob Van Meter of Eagle Six Aviation, LLC, is the examiner authorized to provide practical tests in the Helena area. He is authorized to conduct practical tests at the private, commercial, and airline transport pilot levels in the Piper Apache.
Typically, you can expect to fly 5 hours of dual instruction, and about 1.2 hours for your checkride, plus $400 for the examiner's fee, for a total of about $2000. The Apache is $225 per hour, and the instructor's fee is $55 per hour. We offer block pricing where $1000 paid in advance will receive a $100 credit.
If you hold an instrument rating on your current certificate, your checkride will include an instrument approach with one engine simulated inoperative.
Current FAA regulations require applicants for a multiengine airplane airline transport pilot certificate to hold a graduation certificate from an approved course, per 14 CFR 61.156, before taking the knowledge test. Vetter Aviation does not currently provide this training, but once you have completed your knowledge test, your flight training for an ATP checkride in the Apache can typically be accomplished in 5 to 10 hours.