With just 5 more hours training you can be happily qualified to fly after the sun has set and into official night time (Definition: 1/2 hour after sunset). This is a rating that affords you the security of never having to worry about turning into a pumpkin after dark (a Cinderella reference).
The night rating is a 5 hour minimum course. In that time you are required to complete a minimum of 3 hours dual instruction, 5 solo take offs and 5 solo landings, and at least 1 hour of dual navigation.
Are there any exams?
No written examinations, and no flying test.
You will be required to be either working towards or holding a PPL, so a minimum age of 16 years applies for solo flying and 17 years for holding a PPL licence with night rating.
Colour Blindness will preclude you from obtaining a night time qualification. Your medical certificate (Class 1 or Class 2) must have no restrictions on night flying imposed due to colour blindness.
Good visibility is important, along with a high cloud base. Low cloud and strong winds can sometimes restrict operations. You are advised to phone us before setting out for the airfield to check the conditions.
How long will it take?
This is governed by aptitude, personal commitments, weather, and of course funds. Intensive courses are possible and occasionally people do complete it in a couple of days, though a more leisurely pace is usual (typically 2-3 weeks) when moulded around your domestic schedule. Most people will complete it within 5 hours, however be prepared for it to take longer if weather or skill inhibits progress.
How much will it cost?
Course price and aircraft hire rates are available on request. It is important to bear in mind that 5 hours is a minimum requirement, extra hours will be charged pro-rata. All our prices include VAT where applicable. Discounts are available for students who are prepared to pay lump sum payments towards flying. Terms and conditions apply.
Maintaining your licence privilege:
Your Night Rating will be valid so long as your PPL licence is valid and you have had current experience.