Accelerated MEI Training Timeline
On their first day, in addition to their written and oral examinations, students will have a 30-minute brief and a 2-hour session in the flight simulator as they begin to understand the aircraft they will be flying, Piper Seminole, and start practicing maneuvers. Some examples of maneuvers that will be completed during this course are short-field takeoff and climb, steep turns, slow flight, power-on stall, power-off stall, maneuvering by referencing instruments and more.
On Day 2, students will transition to the aircraft itself from the simulator and start practicing the same maneuvers during flight. There will be two flights that are 1.8 hours each to focus on these maneuvers.
On Day 3, students will complete a 2-hour brief with their instructor covering emergency procedures, such as emergency descents, engine fire, engine failure and flying single engine. This is then followed by a 1.8-hour flight later that day preceded by a half hour brief with the instructor. The goal of this flight is to practice those same emergency procedures in actual flight.
On Day 4, students will have another 1.8 hours in the plane to hone their skills and add proficiency, followed by a two hour brief that afternoon where they will begin to show their skills as an instructor and teach their instructor the material they’ve learned.
Day 5 brings another 1.7 hour practice flight focusing on any procedures or maneuvers the student still needs proficiency in, followed by a 2 hour brief on learning the aircraft’s systems such as the electrical system, landing gear, and propeller system.
Finally, Day 6 will provide one final 1.7 hour flight, which is their last shot to master their skills before the stage check. There will then be another 2 hour briefing where the student will again be teaching back the aircraft systems to their instructor.
Due to AeroGuard’s safety rules and duty day procedures, pilots may not train 7 consecutive days, so Day 7 offers students a chance to relax, absorb and study these materials at home ahead of their final evaluation flight, a final oral and practical exam in preparation for their checkride, on Day 8. If all goes well, the Checkride itself will be on Day 9!
Once they finish their checkride and pass, the student is now MEI-rated!