Night Rating

Your training will include both ground and flight training including a solo flight

Flying at night involves a mixture of visual and instrument flying skills and despite what you may think, night flying is not difficult

With the short winter days the ability to fly at night certainly makes flying your aeroplane less stressfull and rushed

The course is fun and doesn't involve a test at the end!


If the privileges of an UK NPPL(A), EASA LAPL(A) or a EASA PPL(A) are to be exercised under VFR at night the pilot shall hold a night rating

Applicants shall complete a training course at an ATO

Pre-Course Entry Requirements

Before completing the training at night, LAPL(A) holders shall have completed the basic instrument flight training required for the issue of the PPL

Flight Training

The flight training course shall comprise at least 5 hours of flight time in the appropriate aircraft category at night, including:
(a) at least 3 hours of dual instruction, including at least 1 hour of cross-country navigation with at least 1 dual cross-country flight of at least 50 km
(b) 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full-stop landings

When applicants hold both a SEP (land) and a TMG class rating, they may complete the requirements above in either class or both classes

Ground Training

Theoretical knowledge instruction (see note)

In the absence of any EASA syllabus or guidance On-Track Aviation Limited recommends 2 hours of ground instruction covering all aspects of the night rating including:

Night operations
Night visual circuits
Night navigation
Night emergencies

Note: There is no guidance for aeroplanes in Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011, AMC and GM as to what the syllabus should contain or its duration

The training should be integrated with the flight training so that the maximum benefit is gained from time spent in the air

Skill Test

There is no test or examination at the end of the training course


AOPA Night Flying Syllabus
Night Flying Manual and Syllabus by R D Campbell
Air Pilots Manual Book 5 by Trevor Thom
CAP 804
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011, AMC and GM
CAP 393 Air Navigation Order (ANO)
UK CAA Communication - Safety Directive, Safety Notice, Information Notice


To fly as PIC of an aeroplane at night under VFR

Carriage of Passengers

A pilot shall not operate an aircraft as PIC at night carrying passengers unless he/she:

(a) has carried out in the preceding 90 days at least 1 take-off, approach and landing at night as a pilot flying in an aircraft of the same type or class or an FFS representing that type or class


(b) holds an IR


There are no revalidation/renewal requirements


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