Dalton Burnsed, 20, formerly of Folkston, recently earned his multiengine plot’s license. This commercial license gives the ability to fly any plane with two or more engines – while getting paid. A multiengine plane also flies faster and higher with a lot more safety redundancy features.
To get the rating, a commercial license, certain ground endorsement and a complex endorsement are required. The complex endorsement is when a pilot is endorsed to fly an airplane that has retractable gear.
Once these endorsements are given, the pilot must then go on to a Designated Pilot Examiner and go through a test, which is called a “Check Ride.” There are two graded sections for this test – an oral section and a flight section. In these sections, the pilot is graded on flight and ground knowledge and must be satisfactory with the standards of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Designated Pilot Examiner will award the pilot with a Pilot’s License. The length of the Check Ride is usually around three hours long all together. “For the Check Ride, the pilot and examiner will usually fly around the airport we took off from. But on one full tank of gas in the plane I flew, I can go around 720 nautical miles,” said Burnsed.
The name of the plane tested by Burnsed is a PA-44 Piper Seminole. For most pilots these achievements take two to three years to accomplish, but Burnsed started this journey only a year-and-a-half ago.
“I have my Commercial License with a multiengine add on as well as instrument rating,” said Burnsed, “Then I’ll have my Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) license which allows me to teach people to fly.”
Dalton is the son of Danielle Wright and Clay Burnsed. He is scheduled to graduate in December of 2021.