Flying with a Mentor Pilot

Flying with a mentor pilot | Training Captain | Turboprop Training
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Aircraft owners who move up to larger more complicated twins, turbines, or turboprop aircraft will often find that even after the required initial training or type rating required, most insurance companies are asking for mentor pilot time. In many cases, insurance companies will require a period of time spent flying with a mentor pilot.

Approval for unrestricted single-pilot operations is based on an individual underwriting review of each account. Assuming an account meets the criteria to make it an acceptable single-pilot risk, an additional premium of approximately 35 percent may be charged and the pilot will often be required to maintain a “Pro-card”-recognition of the highest standards of proficiency-in the make and model from an appropriate training facility like P3air.

Turboprops We Train, Initial, Recurrent, Transition

King Air 90 Series

King Air 100 Series

King Air 200/250 Series

King Air 350 (300) Series

Piper Meridian 500TP

TBM

Cessna 208

Pilatus PC 12

Initial Turboprop Training | Mentor Pilot | Requirements

VERY Low Time Pilots

It is often recommended by your insurance underwriter to receive some pre-initial training, before you join the actual initial training course.

After a successful completion of your initial training course your mentor pilot will be your flight companion for various times. Depending on your skills this could be limited to dual only for 25 hours in the first year or 200 hours.

Requirements:

  • < 200 Hours of Total Time
  • 100 Hours of High Performance
  • 50 Hours of Complex
  • 20 Hours of Multi Engine
LOW Time Pilots

After a successful completion of your initial training course your mentor pilot will be your flight companion for various times. Depending on your skills this could be limited to dual only for 10 hours in the first year or 50 hours.

Requirements:

  • > 200 Hours of Total Time
  • 100 Hours of High Performance
  • 100 Hours of Complex
  • 100 Hours of Multi Engine
Adequate Time Pilots

The captain will evaluate your capabilities, and if satisfied with skill set you may be signed off for unrestricted single-pilot operation after you attend a recurrent training course.

Requirements:

  • 800 Hours of Total Time
  • 350 Hours of High Performance
  • 250 Hours of Complex
  • 200 Hours of Multi Engine
For an owner who plans to fly his personal turboprop as a single pilot, insurance companies may only write $5 million to $10 million policy. When training under a mentor pilot, the cap is generally $25 million to $50 million. Mike Sanders - Underwriter