I'll never understand why the FAA allows certification of light twins with such shamefully poor single engine performance. Loss of control is way too common when one engine fails and yet the FAA does nothing about it. It should have the same performance requirement of any transport category aircraft.
Would be nice but impossible expensive for most probably. I always figured that until the gear was up I was flying an 8 cylinder single. So planed on landing straight ahead if I lost an engine. Once gear was up the twin gave me options that a single couldn't do.
I've resisted getting my multiengine add-on because of this. And most flight schools seem to only have clapped out relics. They'll have a nice fleet of glass 172's but an ancient Duchess or Seminole for multi-engine training. Are there any twin engine trainers that have above average performance? I'd gladly pay more for it.
I wouldn’t be put off by training in older twins, if you’re not aiming towards professional flying it won’t matter that much but if you are it’s extremely important to get that multi rating and start accumulating as much twin time as you can
It’s a significant step up the qualification ladder requiring good reactions, co-ordination, handling skills and the ability to manage a more complex aircraft, basically two of everything
The airlines and other aviation employers value this highly, in fact you won’t even be looked at without substantial multi engine time
Besides that it’s fun and quite satisfying learning to fly a twin, dealing competently with practice engine failures, gaining a valuable rating and even if you’re not going to fly professionally it will make you a better qualified, more rounded pilot
As far as only having minimal single engine performance on these twin trainers that’s not really an issue, your instructor is not going to actually shut down an engine, just reduce power to idle, if needed they can immediately restore it
Furthermore this minimal SE performance demands the highest level of precision in aircraft handling to achieve probably 200 fpm but that’s a good thing for your multi engine skill building