Flying the Beech 18 lesson One
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  • A “small” multiengine airplane is a reciprocating or turbo propeller-powered airplane with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or less
  • The basic difference between operating a multiengine airplane and a single-engine airplane is the potential problem involving an engine failure.
  • The penalties for loss of an engine are twofold: performance and control. The most obvious problem is the loss of 50 percent of power, which reduces climb performance 80 to 90 percent, sometimes even more. The other is the control problem caused by the remaining thrust, which is now asymmetrical.

Flight Lesson One:
Introduction Multi-Engine Operations

The student will become familiar with the multiengine airplane's systems, controls, and cockpit layout. The student will be introduced to flight at critically slow airspeeds, become familiar with the flight characteristics of slow and stalled flight, and become familiar with the airplane's normal flight characteristics.


  • Preflight and ground maneuvers
  • Aircraft systems and airworthiness inspection
  • Cockpit resource management
  • Safe engine starting procedures
  • Taxiing: normal, crosswind, and with differential power
  • Pre-takeoff checklist and systems check
  • Flight operations
  • Traffic pattern operations
  • Four fundamentals:
          Slow flight
          Approach to landing stall
          Takeoff stall
          Steep turns
  • Heater operation
  • Air conditioner operation
  • Autopilot operation
  • Manual gear extension
  • Simulated engine failure enroute (instructor demo)
  • Drag demonstration

Completion standards: The student will be able to perform all the listed ground procedures with instructor assistance. During takeoff and landing, the student will demonstrate good directional control and maintain liftoff, climb, approach, and touchdown airspeed within 10 knots of the correct airspeed. Straight-and-level flight, climbs, and descents will be performed while maintaining assigned airspeeds within 10 knots, rollouts from turns within 10° of assigned headings, and specified altitudes within 100 feet. The student will be able to demonstrate the correct flight procedures for maneuvering during slow flight, steep power turns, and the correct entry and recovery procedures for stalls. All maneuvers at critically slow airspeed must be completed no lower than 3,000 feet AGL.


"Multiengine Flying", by Paul Craig
Beech 18 Pilots Operating Handbook (POH)
Airplane Flying Handbook CH 12
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge