Night Flying is a fantastically rewarding experience . The serenity of flying at night brings a whole new dimension to flying and the Night Qualification will sharpen up your general flying skills.
North West Flight Training offers the full Night Qualification course from our base in Blackpool with the full 5 hour course available from £999.
“Spectacular, safe with proper knowledge, training, and judgement”
Robert Rossier , AOPA
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The costs of gaining a Night Qualification can depend on a number of factors, however, you should budget around £999 to cover the minimum 5 hours instruction and the minimum number of landings.
Holders of a Night Qualification are permitted to fly at night in visual meteorological conditions under instrument flight rules. The night rating is the perfect partner to the PPL with or without an IMC especially as the nights draw in. Don’t be rushed by failing light and consider upgrading your licence that next step with the addition of this rating.
The only pre-requisites to begin training towards a Night Qualification are to either hold a current, valid CAA, JAR or EASA-FCL PPL or if undertaking training towards the JAR-FCL PPL(A), have completed a minimum of 25 hours dual instruction and 10 hours supervised solo time, which shall include 5 hours solo cross country and successful completion of the qualifying cross country flight.
In order to be able to exercise the privileges of a PPL at night you must complete a minimum of 5 hours instruction at night. This will include a minimum of 3 hours dual training and a navigation flight of at least 1 hour. The solo requirement is 5 take offs and full stop landings.
The course will begin with a long brief, which will endeavour to explain what to expect. Everything looks very different at night and the visual cues to which you have become accustomed will have all but disappeared. The briefing is followed by a familiarisation flight of about one hour to allow you to get acclimatised to the new conditions, concluding with a few circuits. Additional flights will involve navigating and circuits until the student is deemed to be at a standard to permit supervised solo flight.
Frequently asked questions
There are no additional medical restrictions for a night qualification over and above those for a qualified pilot (i.e. Class 1 or Class 2 medical). LAPL Medical Certificates will need an endorsement to show your are ‘colour safe’ in order to add this qualification to your liecence.
The course can normally be completed in 2 – 3 days depending on weather. We would recommend completing the course in as short a period as possible so skills remains fresh.
There is no test at the end of the course as this is a qualification and the course gives you what you need to qualify.
There are no additional exams required for this course.
The course can be taken in both the summer and winter as long as the hours are done during official ‘night’ and subject to the operating hours of the airfield.