This is a rough estimate of the difference in obtaining the initial multi-engine rating with all flight training done in an aircraft as opposed to doing the initial part of the training in a sim. The sim is an ideal tool for learning all of the multi-engine procedures, both normal and single-engine. The cost of the sim is about one-quarter the cost of most multi-engine planes available for rent. Also, the sim allows the student to practice engine failures at very low altitudes, which would never be done in an actual plane. This comparison is based on roughly 15 hours of flight time plus approximately 5 hours of ground. The estimated rental cost is $185/hour wet. This is a compromise between the low-end multi-engine trainers and more expensive twins, such as the Baron and Seneca.

Without Use of Sim

Item
Rate
Quantity
Amount
Aircraft (wet)
$185.00
15
$2,775.00
Instruction
$45.00
20
$900.00
Material
$80.00
1
$80.00
DPE Fee
$300.00
1
$300.00
Total
$4,055.00

With Use of Sim

Item
Rate
Quantity
Amount
Aircraft (wet)
$185.00
9
$1,665.00
Sim
$55.00
6
$330.00
Instruction
$45.00
20
$900.00
Material
$70.00
1
$80.00
DPE Fee
$300.00
1
$300.00
Total
$3275.00

Obviously this comparison would have variables that are beyond our control, such as cost of aircraft rental, cost of fuel, and the cost of instruction. However the bottom line is that the sim will save the pilot seeking an initial multi-engine rating a significant amount of money.

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