Pilots will earn their complex endorsement utilizing our state-of-the-art 200HP Piper Arrow III, N530PU, complete with autopilot, Garmin 750 touchscreen GPS, HSI, electric trim, ADS-B In & Out, real-time weather and traffic, bluetooth (sync your iPad with GPS), and more!
Dual: $245/hr | Solo: $180/hr | Ground: $65/hr
Ground instruction for the complex endorsement is focused on aircraft systems and best practices for flying complex aircraft. Special emphasis is placed on the design and function of retractable landing gear and controllable-pitch propellers. Time will also be spent reviewing the operating limitations and emergency procedures for these systems.
The goal of complex endorsement flight training is for the candidate to become proficient in operating multiple systems in what might be a faster, more complicated airplane than what he or she has flown thus far. For many pilots, this means developing new habits and routines. During flight training, pilots will become familiar with the handling characteristics and operating procedures for the complex airplane. Training is similar to a rental checkout but is more detailed due to the introduction of new systems.
The FAA does not specify a time requirement to earn the complex aircraft endorsement. Sometimes insurance companies set minimum flight time requirements in order to act as PIC of a complex airplane (but not to receive the endorsement itself). Complex aircraft training takes an average of 5 – 10 flight hours depending on a candidate’s flight experience and the type of aircraft used. Using a flight simulator to reinforce training may shorten the flight time required.
Complex airplane means an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller, including airplanes equipped with an engine control system consisting of a digital computer and associated accessories for controlling the engine and propeller, such as a full authority digital engine control; or, in the case of a seaplane, flaps and a controllable pitch propeller, including seaplanes equipped with an engine control system consisting of a digital computer and associated accessories for controlling the engine and propeller, such as a full authority digital engine control.
Each customer is unique, so overall cost of earning a complex airplane endorsement will vary. Training cost is directly tied to completion time because instruction and aircraft rental are billed by the hour. The AeroVenture Institute does not currently offer fixed-price “guaranteed” training programs. For more information on how to begin your journey of becoming a Commercial pilot at the AeroVenture Institute, please call (405) 355 AERO or sign up today using the link below!