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Night Rating

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Night Rating / Night Qualification

The night rating is a course of at least 5 hours . In that time you are required to complete a minimum of 3 hours dual instruction, 5 solo take off and 5 solo landings, and at least 1 hour of dual navigation.  If you have started training elsewhere and are struggling to get the course completed, contact us for advice.

Are there any exams?

No written examinations, and no flying test, but you will be required to reach a satisfactory standard as decided by the Instructor / CFI.

Medical requirements

Colour Blindness will preclude you from obtaining a night rating. Your medical certificate (Class i or Class ii) must have no restrictions on night flying imposed due to colour blindness.

Weather restrictions

Good visibility is important and no low cloud, but no more restrictive than training for the PPL.

How long will it take?

This necessarily is governed by aptitude, personal commitments, weather, and of course funds.  The night rating must completed within six months or the training has to be repeated.  Most people will complete within 5 hours over four flights.

How much will it cost?


Southend Flying Club offers a fixed price for the Night Rating course, including landing fees.  Contact us for current prices.  The fixed price assumes you will reach the required standard within 5 hours.  Additional training time is charged accordingly. 

Maintaining your licence privileges

Your night qualification is valid for life.  To be able to carry passengers at night you will be required to have completed 3 take-offs and 3 landings as pilot in command, in the last 90 days, 1 take off and 1 landing must have been completed at night.

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