Night Rating in London

Our Night Rating course in London is the perfect programme to help further your flying career, whether you are pursuing it professionally or for leisure.

A night rating enables a pilot to operate an aircraft during night-time hours under visual flight rules (VFR).

It is important to note that if a pilot intends to fly at night under instrument flight rules (IFR), they must also possess an instrument rating in addition to the night rating.

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Night Rating

Our Night Rating programme takes place at the London Elstree Aerodrome. Within the vicinity of the M25, the aerodrome is easily accessible to residents of London as well as other parts of the UK.

The Night Rating programme is a specialized training course that is designed to prepare pilots for flying during night-time hours.

The course typically consists of a minimum of five hours of instruction, with a minimum of three hours devoted to dual-flight training.

During the course, pilots will be required to complete a set of solo take-offs and landings at night, under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

These take-offs and landings will be full-stop, meaning that the pilot will have to come to a complete stop on the runway before taking off again.

Additionally, pilots will practice night circuits, navigation, and emergency procedures in order to become proficient in flying at night.

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The Night Rating course is designed for pilots who wish to improve their skills and knowledge when flying during night-time hours.

The Night Rating allows pilots to exercise visual flight rules (VFR) during flights at night.

There are no prerequisites if hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL).

However, if you are a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) holder, you must complete the basic instrument flight training required for a PPL.

Our Night Rating flight training course includes instruction on theoretical knowledge and 5 hours of night-time flying.

Of the hours of night-time flight, 3 hours are dual instruction flight, 1 hour of cross-country navigation with one dual cross-country flight, and 5 solo full-stop landings and 5 solo take-offs.

Obtaining a Night Rating does not require any flight tests or exams. Instead, the process simply involves submitting a form and paying the rating fee to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) once the required training is completed.

As the training involves 5 hours of flight time, most people are able to complete it quite quickly. Nevertheless, we are very flexible, you may take as long as needed.

However, it is important to note that the training for the Night Rating must be completed within a six-month timeframe from the start date.

Once you have completed and acquired your Night Rating, you will be authorised to fly during the official night period, which is defined as 30 minutes after sunset, and the official day period, which is 30 minutes before sunrise.

This can be extremely beneficial in cases where you may be delayed during a flight and need to make an unexpected landing at night.

Without a Night Rating, you would be forced to divert to a different airfield that is suitable for landing during the day, which could add significant time and inconvenience to your journey.

The Night Rating does not have a validity period – it does not expire once obtained.

All our Night Rating training takes place at the London Elstree Aerodrome.

The aerodrome’s proximity to central London offers a one-of-a-kind training experience, allowing students to witness the beauty of the city from above while mastering their flying skills.

Not only is the London Elstree Aerodrome an ideal location for flight training, but it also offers easy accessibility.

No matter what mode of transportation you choose, whether it be by car, train, or tube, the aerodrome is easily reachable for London residents and those from other areas within the M25.

Our flight school is proud to attract students from various regions, and we are confident that our state-of-the-art facilities and superior amenities will surpass your expectations.

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