DC 3 Type Rating


General Information

The DC-3 initial pilot in command type rating will normally require 7-10 hours of flight time spread over 5-7 days depending upon your experience and the weather.  Tailwheel time is a must prior to beginning DC-3 training.  If you do not have a tailwheel endorsement you should plan on getting that prior to starting DC-3 training.  It is not mandatory but certainly helpful.  You must also be the holder of an Airline Transport Pilot Rating or meet the qualifications to obtain this rating on your checkride.  You must have a multi-engine rating.

Ground school will be accomplished daily with a powerpoint presentation.  You will be given study material  prior to your arrival so you can be familiar with the airplane.

DC3 Type Rating Cost

The training will typically  require 7-10 hours of time including the rating ride.  Plan 5-7 days for the training.  There are several local hotels close to the airport (KFFC).  Rates are less than $100 per night.  KFFC is about 30 minutes from the Atlanta International airport (KATL).  Rental cars are available there.

DC-3 Type Rating Training Syllabus

The airplane is located at the Peachtree City, Georgia Airport (KFFC).  Training will be accomplished at Peachtree City and at LaGrange, Georgia (KLGC) and Thomaston, Georgia (KOPN).

DC-3 Flight Training – Day 1

  • Preflight & Start
  • Taxi & Runup
  • Takeoff
  • Vmc Demo
  • Approach to stalls
  • No Flap Landings
  • Crosswind Landings
  • Takeoffs and Landings to full stop

DC-3 Flight Training – Day 2

  • Aborted Takeoffs – Engine Failure
  • Engine Out
    •  Maneuvering – Simulated
    • Cruise Procedures
    • Landing
  • Steep Turns
  • Non-Precision Approach
  • Go-Around
  • Takeoffs and Landings

DC-3 Flight Training – Day 3

  • Engine Shutdown & Restart
  • Holding Procedures
  • Non-Precision Approach w/ Procedure Turn
  • Circling Approach
  • ILS Approach
  • Missed Approach
  • Takeoffs and Landings

DC-3 Flight Training – Day 4

  • Aborted Takeoff – Other than engine
  • ILS Missed Approach
  • Single Engine ILS
  • Emergency Operation of Gear
  • Propeller overspeed
  • Hydraulic Failure
  • Non-Precision Approach – Single Engine
  • Takeoffs and Landings

DC-3 Flight Training – Day 5

  • Single Engine ILS
  • Single Engine Missed Approach
  • Non-Precision Approach
  • Short Field Takeoff & Landing
  • Emergency Descent
  • Electrical Abnormals
  • Takeoffs and Landings to Full Stop

DC-3 Flight Training – Day 6   – Checkride to include

  • Precision Approach
  • Non-Precision Approach
  • Missed Approach
  • Engine Out Work
  • Holding
  • Procedure Turns
  • Approach to stalls
  • Steep turns
  • Takeoffs and Landings to Full Stop

Here are the FAA Practical Test Standards straight from the FAA

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Harlan Wayne Jordan June 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I am the owner of DC3-3, N65388 located in Cairns, Australia and need a type rating to fly my airplane. Please advise the details of your training program and the number of hours of flight time that it normally takes. I have around 6500 hours total time flying King Air B200, C90, Commander 690B, and other light twin multi-engine and single engine land aircraft.

Jim Lawrence June 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Hello Ron.
What a GREAT program!!!! As you know I was flying Lance’s DC3 and was supposed to get my type with Bob before that fiasco hit. I’m in Singapore thru mid-July working as a contract simulator instructor for Boeing training Air India pilots on the 787. When i get back I’d love to explore getting my rating in your 3. Keep a close eye on Glenn. Thanks and I hope all is well.
Best Regards,

Karlene Petitt July 31, 2012 at 6:47 am

How many hours does the average pilot take to earn a type rating?
Thank you!

David M. Barron November 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Dear Sir:
I am interested in getting a DC-3 Type rating. I currently hold the following airman certificates:
Airline Transport Pilot:
Airplane Single and Multiengine Land
Commercial Privileges:
Airplane Single and Multiengine Sea, Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Glider
Flight Instructor: Gold Seal and current
Airplane Single and Multiengine, Instrument
Ground Instructor:
Advanced, Instrument
Flight Dispatcher
Control Tower Operator
I have approximately 5000 hours of flight time in 80 different kinds of aircraft and am currently teaching Boeing 737-800 ground school to American Airlines Pilots in DFW. I have taught B-777-200, MD-80, ERJ 135/140/145, and ATR 42/72 ground schools as well.
Do you teach full courses and if so what do you estimate the cost of this add on to be. I am 66 and do not intend to actually use it once I get the DC-3 Type. It was the first type rating that my father received after WWII when he went to work for Wisconsin Central Airlines in 1948 which later became North Central Airlines.
Two years ago I added the Helicopter rating to my airman certificate and last year I added the Multiengine Seaplane flying a Republic Seabee which is a tail wheel airplane. I have flown C-180’s, Piper Pacer, and some other tailwheels aircraft too.
I assume the course time as listed above are averages and based on that I am asuming costs would be in the $15,000 to $17,500 range for the full PIC type, am I correct?
Thank you

David Barron
3712 Cobblestone Ct
Bedford, TX 76021
Email: Climax@Mindspring.com

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