Night ratings

Ratings and further training

If you have an EASA pilot's licence (PPL or LAPL) you can add night ratings to allow you to fly in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions at night. Night in the UK is from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise, but is defined nationally in each ICAO country.

If you have a LAPL licence you must first have completed the basic instrument flight training required within the PPL(A) syllabus that was not in your licence. Pilots who have converted to a LAPL from another licence, other than an NPPL may already have this training. If you have a LAPL medical certificate it must be endorsed as colour safe in order to add a night rating.

You'll need to be trained at a RTF (until April 2015) or ATO. The course will include theory, dual instruction and solo flight time at night.
The night rating is valid for life. But if you want to carry passengers at night the normal passenger rules of '3 take-off and landings in past 90 days' apply, with the addition that, unless you have a valid instrument rating, at least one of each must have been at night.

To add night ratings to an aeroplane (A) licence your training will cover:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 5 hours  of flight time at night including at least:
  • 3 hours of dual flying instruction
  • 1 hour of cross-country navigation with at least one dual cross-country flight of at least 50km
  • 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full-stop landings

The night rating is a personal rating, not an aircraft rating, so if you have both a single-engine piston land (SEP land) and touring motor glider (TMG) class rating you can complete the training in either or both classes.

To add night ratings to a helicopter (H) licence you must have completed at least 100 hours of pilot flight time after the issue of your licence including at least 60 hours as pilot in command and 20 hours of cross-country flight. Your training for night ratings will then include:

  • 5 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 10 hours of dual instrument instruction
  • 5 hours of flight time at night including at least:
  • 3 hours of dual instruction
  • 1 hours of cross-country navigation
  • 5 solo night circuits

If you already hold an instrument rating (IR) in an aeroplane or TMG you can credit 5 hours towards the requirement of 10 hours of dual instrument instruction time.

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