Complex Endorsement

Are you a certificated pilot? Can’t get enough of aviation? Thinking of a future as a professional pilot, or just want to challenge yourself to fly faster and more complex aircraft? Do you need to gain the 10 hours experience and competency toward your Commercial or CFI training? Then earning a complex endorsement with the AeroVenture Flight Center’s state-of-the-art Piper Arrow might just be your next step to your exciting career in aviation!
Complex Endorsement
  • Federal aviation regulations require pilots to have a complex airplane endorsement in order to act as pilot-in-command (PIC) of a complex airplane. 
  • This one-time logbook endorsement can be earned through ground and flight training. The FAA does not require a special check-ride or knowledge test to earn the endorsement.
  • A flight instructor gives you the endorsement after you have received training and have been found proficient. 
  • Note: Pilots who logged PIC time in complex airplanes prior to 8/4/97 are grandfathered in and don’t need the endorsement.
Our State-of-the-Art Piper Arrow III

Pilots will earn their complex endorsement utilizing our state-of-the-art 200HP Piper Arrow III, N530PU, complete with autopilot, Garmin 750 touchscreen GPS, HSI, electric trim, ADS-B In & Out, real-time weather and traffic, bluetooth (sync your iPad with GPS), and more!

Dual: $245/hr  |  Solo: $180/hr  |  Ground: $65/hr

Ground Training

Ground instruction for the complex endorsement is focused on aircraft systems and best practices for flying complex aircraft. Special emphasis is placed on the design and function of retractable landing gear and controllable-pitch propellers. Time will also be spent reviewing the operating limitations and emergency procedures for these systems.

Flight Training

The goal of complex endorsement flight training is for the candidate to become proficient in operating multiple systems in what might be a faster, more complicated airplane than what he or 2015 FTAWARDS_BFS-outlinesshe has flown thus far. For many pilots, this means developing new habits and routines. During flight training, pilots will become familiar with the handling characteristics and operating procedures for the complex airplane. Training is similar to a rental checkout but is more detailed due to the introduction of new systems.

The FAA does not specify a time requirement to earn the complex aircraft endorsement. Sometimes insurance companies set minimum flight time requirements in order to act as PIC of a complex airplane (but not to receive the endorsement itself). Complex aircraft training takes an average of 5 – 10 flight hours depending on a candidate’s flight experience and the type of aircraft used. Using a flight simulator to reinforce training may shorten the flight time required.

14 CFR 61.1(b)(3): Definition of “complex airplane”

Complex airplane means an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller, including airplanes equipped with an engine control system consisting of a digital computer and associated accessories for controlling the engine and propeller, such as a full authority digital engine control; or, in the case of a seaplane, flaps and a controllable pitch propeller, including seaplanes equipped with an engine control system consisting of a digital computer and associated accessories for controlling the engine and propeller, such as a full authority digital engine control.

Overall Cost of Complex Airplane Training

Each customer is unique, so overall cost of earning a complex airplane endorsement will vary. Training cost is directly tied to completion time because instruction and aircraft rental are billed by the hour. AeroVenture does not currently offer fixed-price “guaranteed” training programs. For more information on how to begin your journey of becoming a Commercial pilot at AeroVenture, please call (405) 355 AERO or sign up today using the link below!


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