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If you are transitioning to a new high performance aircraft, you may need to obtain a high performance endorsement. Pilots who are new to high performance aircraft; defined as any aircraft with an engine of more than 200 horsepower, are required to take ground and flight training on the systems and operation of that aircraft in order to receive a one-time endorsement.

The length of training will depend on your experience and proficiency. Many pilots can complete their endorsement with 5 to 10 hours of flight training in their high performance aircraft. In that time, most will gain an adequate level of comfort and proficiency. It should be noted, however, that if you are a relatively newly-minted pilot, your insurance company may require 10 to 20 hours of training. No matter what level of experience you have, we can help you learn to fly your high performance airplane with confidence.

Our High Performance Endorsement

Our training can be customized to your individual needs. Typical content includes:

  • Weight and Balance
  • Takeoffs and Landings
  • In-Flight Characteristics
  • Engine Management
  • Turbocharger Operation (if applicable)
  • Additional Equipment

If you also need a complex endorsement, we can combine your training to include both the high performance endorsement and the complex endorsement. This may, of course, require additional time.

Contact us today to find out more about your high performance aircraft checkout.

Avweb has this informative article outlining what to expect from a High Performance Endorsement.

Piper Lance PA32R300

FAA Requirements for High Performance Endorsement:

FAR Part 61.31

(f) Additional training required for operating high-performance airplanes.

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (f)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a high-performance airplane (an airplane with an engine of more than 200 horsepower), unless the person has —

(i) Received and logged ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a high-performance airplane, or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a high-performance airplane, and has been found proficient in the operation and systems of the airplane; and

(ii) Received a one-time endorsement in the pilot’s logbook from an authorized instructor who certifies the person is proficient to operate a high-performance airplane.

(2) The training and endorsement required by paragraph (f)(1) of this section is not required if the person has logged flight time as pilot in command of a high-performance airplane, or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a high-performance airplane prior to August 4, 1997.