If the privileges of a PPL are to be exercised under VFR at night the pilot shall hold a night rating.
The Night Rating (NR) is a natural next step after completing your PPL(A) course to make your hour building more enjoyable and it can be endorsed to your Private Pilots License (PPL).
A night rating extends the privileges of a PPL(A) holder by allowing a pilot to fly at night (after sunset) while exercising visual flight rules (VFR) i.e. while flying in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC).
If you intend to become a professional pilot, the night rating qualification is a mandatory requirement for the IR(A) and CPL(A).
To start the Night rating course, you must:
To include a night qualification with the PPL, five (5) hours of night training is required, which may be included as the last five (5) hours of your PPL course, but it must be in addition to the 25 hours of dual and 10 hours of solo flying, and providing all PPL exercises have been completed.
LAPL holders, before completing the training at night, shall have completed the basic instrument flight training required for the issue of the PPL.
The Night Rating training includes:
There is a little theoretical study as part of the course and it is included. There is, however, no written exam for the Night Rating because all the theory, rules and regulations will have been covered in the initial PPL theory; Air Law, ATC procedures, and Operational Procedures courses.
The theoretical knowledge syllabus is given in AMC1 FCL.810(a) and should cover the revision or explanation of:
The theoretical training is integrated with the flight training so maximum benefit is gained from time spent in the air.
According to EASA.FCL.810 and AMC1 FCL.810(a) the Night rating course shall comprise at least 5 hours of flight time in the appropriate aircraft category at night, including at least: -
Fly EPT Spain provides 5 hours of practical flight training at night with a flight instructor in a Single Engine Piston (SEP) aircraft. You will complete night circuits, navigation and cover emergencies.
We can complete a night rating course in 2-4 nights.
You will learn how to prepare a Night flight, what is the minimum equipment required and how to handle the airplane during night. The training syllabus involves flying with an instructor reviewing all the basic flight manoeuvres at night that were learnt during the PPL(A) course e.g. steep turns, stalls and upset recovery where you will learn to recover from any situation with partially reduced visual references, as well as covering how to handle emergencies at night. You will then enter the circuit and review takeoff and landing procedures. In the dual-cross country flight you will learn how to navigate at night with visual references, radio-navigation equipment and GPS. The last hour will be a supervised 1-hour solo flying five (5) circuits that must include 5 takeoffs and full stop landings.
Applicants shall complete the training course within a 6 month period, starting from the first training flight to finish.
There is no flight test and no examination at the end of the night rating course.
Once endorsed on your licence, the night rating is non-expiring. It has lifetime validity.
There are no revalidation or renewal requirements.
However, to carry passengers, you must have completed one (1) takeoff and landing at night, in the last 90 days.
If you are outside recency, you only need to complete circuit refresher training at night with a flight instructor (FI), as required.
All pilot training courses conducted by Fly EPT Spain are certified, approved and accepted by all European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) member states, as well as by all states that recognize and accept EASA provisions and regulations.
Upon completion of the night rating course, pilots can apply for a night rating endorsement on their EASA Part-FCL licenses.
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AOPA Night Flying Syllabus
Night Flying Manual and Syllabus by R D Campbell
Regulation 2018/1139 AMC and GM
Air Navigation Order (ANO)
AIR PILOT'S MANUAL: Vol # 5 – Radio Navigation & Instrument Flying - by Trevor Thom
UK CAA Communication - Safety Directive, Safety Notice, Information Notice, Skywise
Your night rating will be granted upon satisfactory completion of the training, upon application with your EASA state licencing authority.
The night rating can be applied for at the same time as the issue of a PPL. The applicant, however, must have completed the night rating course requirements as an additional 5 hours course to the PPL.
To apply online for a night rating to be added to your licence, you will be asked to upload the following documents:
To apply for a Night rating to:
Although there is no examination and no flight test, you will be required to reach a satisfactory standard as decided by the Instructor. The exercises of the night rating flight syllabus should be repeated as necessary until the student achieves a safe and competent standard.
The applicant must hold at least a class 2 medical certificate and have passed a colour sight test. Colour Blindness will preclude you from obtaining a night rating. Your class 1 or 2 medical certificate must have no restrictions on night flying imposed due to colour blindness.
No. When you fly at night it's important that you do continue to fly in VMC with good visibility and not in cloud.
A night rating allows a pilot to fly at night exercising visual flight rules (VFR). If a pilot wishes to fly at night using instrument flight rules (IFR) they are also required to have an instrument rating (IR).
A night rating for aeroplanes can be endorsed on a NPPL, LAPL, SPL or PPL.
Night is defined as 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise and the night rating qualification allows you to fly after sunset.
Most people will complete the 5 hour course over 3 nights. Of course this depends on ability, aptitude, personal commitment and weather.
The night rating must be completed within six (6) months or the training has to be repeated.
Fly EPT Spain offers a fixed price for the Night rating course, but excludes landing fees. Check current price here. The fixed price assumes you will reach the required standard within the 5 hours which, almost always, everyone does. Additional training time is charged accordingly pro-rata.