Night Rating

What is the night rate training?

The night rating is a 5 dual hour course with no exams or flight tests which qualifies you to fly VFR at night. It can also be included with the 45-hour PPL course and consists of at least:

  • 3 hours’ dual night training.
  • 1 hour of dual night navigation.
  • 5 takeoffs and full-stop landings as Pilot in Command (dual).

The Night rate trainer qualification:

Night circuit operations shall be conducted under the supervision of a rated flight instructor appointed by the flying school to act as an instructor in charge. The instructor in charge of night flying shall have logged a minimum of 20 hours of night instructional experience and shall be:

  • In the case of airplanes; a person who holds a flight instructor (airplane) rating grade 1 or 2.
  • In the case of helicopters; a person who holds a flight instructor (helicopter) rating and who has had his logbook certified by a chief flying instructor in accordance with Appendix II to this section as competent to supervise night flying operations.

Duties of Instructor in Charge

  1. The instructor in charge of night flying for each flying school shall supervise the operations conducted by the flying school aircraft and shall ensure that the requirements of this section are met.
  2. At airports where Air Traffic Control is in operation, the instructor in charge of night flying shall:
  • Provide advance notification of the program of night flying operations to the appropriate employee of Air Traffic Control on duty and arrange for the provision of airport’s lighting.
  • Confer with Air Traffic Control regarding the implementation of the night flying program with respect to other traffic, taxiways to be used, and temporary obstructions.
  1. At airports where Air Traffic Control is not in operation, the instructor in charge of night flying shall:
  • If the airport is located within an Airport Flight Information Zone, notify Flight Service in advance regarding the night flying program.
  • Arrange for the provision of airport’s lighting.
  • Wherever practicable, obtain the advice of planned night operations by other aircraft at the airport and in consultation with other operators, determine the maximum number of flying school aircraft which can be operated safely in the circuit pattern having regard to taxiways available and movements of other aircraft.

Ground Facilities

  1. Where a suitable standby power supply is not provided for the fixed electric runway or HLS lighting, portable runway or HLS lighting shall be available for use in the event of a runway or HLS lighting power failure.
  2. A suitable means of indicating the wind velocity to aircraft on the manoeuvring area and in-flight shall be available.

Aircraft Equipment

Instrumentation and Lighting

Aircraft shall be fitted with serviceable instrumentation and lighting as specified in section 20.18 for night V.M.C. aerial work and private operations, except that where passengers have not carried the requirement for passenger compartment lighting is waived.

Radio Equipment

Aircraft shall be fitted with serviceable radio communication equipment.


Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to prevent a person specified in an instrument of delegation signed by CASA from exercising the powers and functions so delegated.

Flight Training

A minimum of 20 hours of flight training is required: 

  • 5 Hours (minimum) dual night flight time, including 2 hours dual cross country.
  • 5 Hours (minimum) simulator night flight time, with a minimum of 10 take-offs and landings.
  • 10 Hours (minimum) dual Instrument flight time (5 hours can come from Private Pilot License).

Once this is completed your instructor must state in your logbook “This is to certify that the skill requirement for Night rating has been met.” Despite the fact that there is no practical or written test, students must meet the necessary skill requirements. This will allow an already Private License Holder with a valid medical (Cat I or III) to legally fly at night.

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