After successfully gaining your private pilots licence, many choose to add the night rating qualification allowing you to fly at night, opening up many more flying opportunities.
Night rating is a fantastic addition to your LAPL or PPL licence. You’ll be able to fly after sunset, enjoying the city lights below or the sunset over the lovely countryside. Also removing the worry of needing to land before dark.
There are several stages to adding night rating to your aeroplane (A) licence. Initially there will be clear theoretical knowledge instruction, after which you will need to complete a minimum of 5 hours of flight time at night.
To fly as PIC under VFR at night, the time between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.
Applicants shall have completed 5 hours of flight training at night, including at least:
- 3 Hours dual instruction, including a 1 hour cross-country navigation and a cross-country of at least 50 km
- 5 Solo Take-offs & Full Stop Landings
- PPL(A) or
- LAPL (A)
LAPL(A) holders are required to have completed the basic instrument flight training before completing the night rating.