Night Rating Courses

There is only one word that comes to mind when flying at night, and that’s ‘awesomeness’. Flying at night is a completely different ball game from flying daytime VFR. At Azure Flight Training Centre we train UK PPL & LAPL licenced pilots to gain a night rating which is a requirement to fly at night.  In addition, if you intend to become a professional pilot, then this course is most definitely for you as having a night rating is mandatory.

The good news is, there is only a modest amount of theoretical knowledge instruction which we need to cover, however; there is no skills test after you have completed the course. You simply have to satisfy your instructor that you are safe and for him/her to sign you off.

The course only requires a minimum of 5 hours of flying at Night which must include the following:

  • 3 hours of dual instruction
  • 1 hour of the 3 hours cross-country navigation of at least 50 km
  • 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full-stop landings
  • Complete theoretical knowledge training

You must complete your night training within 6 months from your first flight, once successfully completing the course you can fly after sunset and before sunrise.

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    Night Rating Book


    Theoretical Knowledge

    Theoretical Knowledge is mandatory in the course and will cover the following subjects:

    • Night VMC minima
    • Rules about airspace control at night and facilities available
    • Rules about aerodrome ground, runway, and obstruction lighting
    • Aircraft navigation lights and collision avoidance rules
    • Physiological aspects of night vision and orientation
    • Dangers of disorientation at night
    • Dangers of weather deterioration at night
    • Instrument systems or functions and errors
    • Instrument lighting and emergency cockpit lighting systems
    • Map marking for use under cockpit lighting
    • Practical navigation principles
    • Radio navigation principles
    • Planning and use of safety altitude
    • Danger from icing conditions, as well as from avoidance and escape maneuvers

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    Private Pilots Licence (PPL)

    To be able to fly at night, you will need a LAPL or PPL. Click here to see what is required to gain your PPL

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    Instrument Rating Restricted (IRR)

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    Multi Engine Course (MEP)

    Multi Engine Training in our DA42

    Multi Engine Course

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    Cessna 172N Skyhawk


    Cessna F152 C152

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    Piper PA28R 180 Arrow

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes you can, but if you’re a LAPL licence holder, you will have to complete a basic instrument flight training required for the issue of a PPL.

    There is no requirement to revalidate or renew your night rating.

    No, an IMC / IRR is not required to gain a night rating, although a basic understand of instruments is required which we will cover in the ground school and in flight.



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