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EASA PA46 Class Rating


Note: Training can be completed in an owner's aeroplane or a PA46 Meridian can be rented from Oysterair.




The aim of a class rating course is to provide ground and flight instruction to a trainee already holding a pilot's licence, so that they may pass all sections of the LST and act as a pilot on the PA-46 series of aircraft (PA-46-500TP and PA-46 Jetprop DLX).


Pre-entry requirements


  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Be in possession of a Class One (or Two) medical certificate before training commences. Holders of a Class Two medical must also hold an audiogram

  • Hold at least an EASA PPL(A)

  • Have at least 200 hours of total flying experience, of which 70 hours as PIC on aeroplanes

  • Hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of a course for additional theoretical knowledge (HPA Theoretical Knowledge) undertaken at an ATO; or

  1. Have passed the ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge examinations in accordance with Part-FCL; or

  2. Hold, in addition to a licence issued in accordance with Part-FCL, an ATPL(A) or CPL(A)/IR with theoretical knowledge credit for ATPL(A) issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention.


For those pilots who required the HPA Theoretical Knowledge course, Oysterair can complete this prior to training..


Credits for previous experience


The HT will assess the flying experience of each trainee. The approved course of training may be modified to account for previous experience on similar aircraft types. A similar type is considered by the company to be any other aircraft classed as a Single Pilot High Performance Aeroplane (SP HPA) with one or more turboprop or turbojet engines.


Note: Please note that in all cases, in order to determine the amount of hours to be credited and to establish the training needs, the trainee will be required to complete a pre-entry assessment flight with a company nominated instructor. The HT will then decide on the amount of credit to be awarded.


Flight and Theoretical Knowlegde Training


The PA-46 training syllabus contains a total of:


  • 16 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction (14 hours online self study & 2 hour instructor led wash-up);

  • Theoretical Knowledge Exam (60 questions, conducted in-house)

  • 8 hours of flight training in the PA-46-500TP (Malibu Meridian) or PA-46 Jetprop DLX; and

  • 1 hour Licence Skill Test (LST) in the PA-46-500TP or PA-46 Jetprop DLX turbine aircraft.




The training takes approximately 5 days to complete including briefings and test preparation. The first two days are completed via our online learning management system which means you can complete the majority of your theoretical knowlegde training at home, during a lunch break, etc. When you arrive for your flight training we will first complete a 3 hour brush up session which will include the theoretical knowledge exam (60 questions set by us) prior to you starting your flight training.


ICAO Conversions


If you are a current PA46 pilot operating on the basis of an ICAO licence (e.g. FAA) Oysterair can assist you in gaining an EASA licence and PA46 Class Rating. There is no standard training package for a conversion as the requirements will depend on your experience and qualifications, therefore please contact us for more information.