EASA Night Rating (NVFR) Course

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 is a mandatory requirement for the IR(A) and CPL(A).

Admission Requirements

Before you can begin a night rating course, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a valid Class 2 medical certificate.

To include a night qualification in the PPL course, five (5) hours of training is required, which may be included in the total hours for the issue of a PPL(A), but it must be in addition to the 25 hours of dual and 10 hours of solo flying mandated above.

LAPL holders, before completing the training at night, shall have completed the basic instrument flight training required for the issue of the PPL. 

Night Rating Training

The training includes:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 5 hours practical flight training under supervision

There is a little theoretical knowledge instruction and it is included in the night rating course. There is, however, no exam.

According to EASA.FCL.810 the Night rating course shall comprise at least 5 hours of flight time in the appropriate aircraft category at night, including at least: -

  • 4 hours of dual instruction;
  • 1 hour of cross-country navigation with at least one dual cross-country flight of at least 50km (27NM); and
  • 1 hour solo flight, which must include 5 solo takeoffs with 5 full stop landings.

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 3-4 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 learnt during the PPL(A) course e.g. steep turns, stalls and upset recovery where you'll learn to recover from any situation with partially reduced visual references, as well as covering how to handle emergencies. You'll 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.  

Test

There is no flight test for the night rating course.

Night Rating Validity

Once endorsed on your licence, the night rating is non-expiring; it has lifetime validity.  

Course Quality

All pilot training courses conducted by EPT Spain are certified, approved and accepted by all EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) 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.

Price

Check price here.

How can I apply for a Night Rating (A) Issuance?

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 hour course to the PPL.

What documents to submit

To apply online for a night rating to be added to your licence, you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • A night rating course completion certificate
  • A certified copy of your licence, including the certificate of revalidation page
  • A certified copy of your logbook pages showing your night flying experience
  • A copy of your medical certificate
  • A copy of Part-ORA ATO or DTO approval certificate

The Night rating application can be completed using: -

  • for EASA Part-FCL Austro Control's forms here
  • for Spain's AESA (EASA), use form:  F-DLA-SOL-02 Application for General Aviation Licenses and Ratings
  • for UK CAA, form:  SRG1126 and complete CAA5017

FAQ - Night Rating

Will I pass the course?

Although there is no examination and no flight test, you will be required to reach a satisfactory standard as decided by the Instructor / CFI. The exercises of the night rating flight syllabus should be repeated as necessary until the student achieves a safe and competent standard.

Are their any medical restrictions for the night rating course?

The applicant must hold at least a class 2 medical 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.

Maintaining your licence privileges

Your night qualification is valid for life. To be able to carry passengers at night you must have completed 3 takeoffs, approaches and 3 landings as pilot in command (PIC) in the last 90 days, and 1 take off, approach and landing must have been completed at night.

If you are outside recency, you just need to complete a circuit or 3 with a flight instructor (FI), as required.

Can I fly in weather at night?

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).

What licences can I endorse a night rating on to?

A night rating for aeroplanes can be endorsed on a NPPL, LAPL, SPL or PPL.

What is the definition of night flying?

Night is defined as 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise and the night rating qualification allows you to fly after sunset.

How long will the course take?

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.  

How much will it cost? 

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.