Ratings and Endorsements

Ratings and Endorsements

US Sport Flight Academy currently offers several ratings and endorsements in both self-paced and accelerated formats. Check out some of our options below!

 

Instrument Rating

An instrument rating allows a pilot to fly in the clouds and under conditions in which flight by outside visual reference is not safe. IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight depends upon flying by reference to instruments in the flight deck, and navigation is accomplished by reference to electronic signals.

For student pilots following the Professional Pilot Track, you will earn your instrument rating after you get your Private Pilot License and before you get your Commercial Pilot Certificate. While it is not technically required in this order, it is highly recommended that you get your Instrument Rating before your commercial pilot certification otherwise your Commercial Pilot Certificate will be endorsed with a prohibition against carrying passengers for hire on day VFR flights beyond 50 NM or at night.

Even if you aren’t planning on becoming a professional or career pilot, an instrument rating is a valuable addition to your certificate. Instrument flight training allows you to develop a more comprehensive understanding of many topics introduced in private pilot training while adding a wealth of instrument-specific knowledge.

Either way, with an instrument rating, your flight opportunities are no longer restricted to only flying on clear weather days. Instrument rated pilots can file IFR flight plans, enabling flight through clouds and making flights through difficult airspace much easier. Click here to learn more!

 

Multi-Engine Rating

A Multi-Engine Land (MEL) rating allows a pilot to operate as pilot-in-command of aircraft with more than one engine. The MEL rating is an add-on to an existing single-engine land private, commercial, or ATP certificate.

Multi-Engine rated pilots will experience the remarkable improvement in aircraft performance capability along with an increase in speed, power, and rate of climb. Managing the complexity and workload of a multi-engine aircraft is both exhilarating and rewarding.

There are no minimum time requirements for the multi-engine land rating, but before your checkride you will need an instructor endorsement for flight and ground training. There is no written exam for the MEL rating, only an oral exam and practical checkride.

While a multi-engine rating can be added to a private pilot certificate, in most cases it makes more sense to wait until a pilot has a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating as this will save the pilot a substantial amount of money in the long run. Students following US Sport Flight Academy’s Professional Pilot Track will complete their MEL rating after commercial certification. Click here to learn more!

 
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CFII

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, or CFII, allows one to teach instrument rating applicants, both on the ground and in flight. By becoming a CFII, you will be expanding your career opportunities as a pilot while deepening your knowledge and understanding of many topics introduced in instrument-specific training while adding a wealth of aeronautical knowledge and experience. Click here to learn more!

 

MEI

Getting your Multi-Engine Instructor rating, or MEI, allows one to teach multi-engine pilot courses. By becoming a MEI, you will be expanding your career opportunities as a pilot while deepening your knowledge and understanding of many topics introduced in multi-engine training while adding a wealth of aeronautical knowledge and experience. Click here to learn more!

 

Tailwheel Endorsement

No matter what you fly, a tail wheel endorsement is an exciting way to broaden your experience and enhance your flying skill. US Sport Flight Academy’s tail wheel training is a fun and stimulating way to become a better and safer pilot. With our talented flight instructors, a tail wheel endorsement can be accomplished in a long weekend with an accelerated training schedule!

Tail wheel pilots develop a better understanding and improved skills for coping with crosswinds during takeoff and landing in any aircraft. There is a real art to flying a taildragger – and because they are so unforgiving, learning to fly them will force you to become a better pilot. Taxiing, taking off, and landing in a taildragger require skills that are simply not developed by flying the now standard tricycle-geared aircraft. Click here to learn more!

 
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Complex / High Performance Endorsements

High Performance Endorsement

A high-performance endorsement allows you to fly an airplane with an engine of more than 200 HP. To earn this endorsement you will need to receive and log ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a high-performance airplane. You will receive your high-performance endorsement when your instructor deems that you are proficient in the operation and systems of a high-performance airplane.

Complex Airplane Endorsement

Getting your complex airplane endorsement enables you to fly an airplane with retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller.

There are no minimum number of flight hours required to obtain a complex endorsement, although you will be required to receive and log ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a complex airplane. You will receive the endorsement when you have been found proficient in the operation and systems of a complex airplane.

Combine your training at US Sport Flight Academy!

Although these two endorsements used to be one in the same, the FAA’s changes to Part 61 in August 1997 changed the definition of high performance and added a separate endorsement for complex aircraft. This ruled out numerous aircraft, including many Mooneys (200 HP), Piper Seminoles (180 HP each engine) and many Piper Senecas (200 HP per engine) whose engines did not exceed 200 HP.

Luckily, US Sport Flight Academy allows you to train in a 300 HP Piper Lance, complete with autopilot, air-conditioning, and a brand new leather interior for ultimate performance and comfort in the air. Get both your complex and high performance endorsements simultaneously – in half the time as other flight schools! Click here to learn more!