2216 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58703

2216 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58703

Complex Endorsement


About the Program

As a pilot with a complex endorsement, you are trained to fly aircraft with retractable landing gear and adjustable pitch propellers. This endorsement gives you the opportunity to fly a broader selection of airplanes.


A person who applies for an Complex Endorsement must:

  • Have an aircraft with retractable landing gear, a controllable pitch propeller, and flaps
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Receive ground instruction from an instructor
  • Receive flight instruction from an instructor
  • Receive a logbook endorsement from an instructor
  • Act as PIC of a complex airplane
  • Broaden the selection of airplanes you are able to fly
  • Build retract time
Your Complex Endorsement Road Map

Embark on your journey to obtaining a Complex Endorsement with our comprehensive road map, guiding you through every step of the way.

1. Ground Instruction

Go over exactly what makes a plane complex and how that changes your cockpit procedures with your instructor. Don’t forget you can study beforehand to make it a smoother transition!

2. Flight Instruction

Build hours and experience with your instructor, going over maneuvers, landings, and overall aircraft handling with the additional systems.

3. Finalize

Whether through additional ground, flight instruction, or both, grow your confidence in flying and understanding a complex aircraft.

4. Endorsement

There is no set hour requirement, so once your instructor deems you ready for soloing a complex aircraft, they will give you an endorsement in your logbook.

5. Explore

With a complex endorsement, you will have a broader selection of aircraft you are able to fly. Go explore!

Frequently Asked Questions

Your most frequently asked questions.

There is not a set requirement on the hours it will take to receive a complex endorsement. Many people will be in the five to ten range. Potentially, it could take a few hours if you have prior complex experience.

A complex aircraft will have retractable landing gear, controllable pitch propeller, and retractable flaps.