NIGHT RATING - AEROPLANE

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If you are the holder of Private Pilot Licence (PPL) who does not want to be limited to daylight flying, you may want to consider the Night Rating. A Night Rating will allow you to expand your flying potential to 24 hours a day as it allows you to exercise the privileges of your licence at night. The Night Rating is an excellent rating to have for safety reasons and it is fairly simple to obtain!


NIGHT RATING AGE REQUIREMENTS

You must be a minimum of 17 years of age and hold a valid Private Pilot Licence (PPL) to be issued a night rating

NIGHT RATING MEDICAL FITNESS REQUIREMENT

Prior to beginning your flight training for the night rating, you must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and have a valid Category 1 or 3 aviation medical certificate from a Transport Canada-approved Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME). If you are not planning to fly professionally as a Commercial pilot, a Category 3 medical is all that you need. Below is a list of approved list of medical examiners in the London, Ontario area:

Dr. Bates

  • Office: 519-438-5101
  • Address: #208-190 Wortley Road

Dr. Chapeskie

  • Office: 519-461-0776
  • Address: Box 130, 21816 Fairview Road (Thorndale)

Dr. Malizia

  • Office: 519-455-1990
  • Address: 1033 Dundas Street

Dr. Marshall

  • Office: 519-245-3590
  • Address: 31 Caradoc Street North

Dr. Siu

  • Office: 519-858-4694
  • Address: 827 Richmond Street

NIGHT RATING EXAM KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

No written exam is required for the night rating

NIGHT RATING FLIGHT EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

20 hours of pilot time as follows:

  • 10 hours of night flying time including a minimum of:
    • 5 hours dual night flying including 2 hours dual night cross country
    • 5 hours solo night flying including 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings
  • 10 hours dual instrument time (maximum 5 hours flight simulator)

Note: Any previous instrument training (including PPL instrument training) counts toward the 10 hour instrument training requirement

NIGHT RATING FLIGHT TEST SKILL REQUIREMENT

No flight test is required for the night rating

NIGHT RATING PRIVILEGES

A Private Pilot Licence allows you to fly single-engine, single pilot non-high-performance aircraft at night under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) weather conditions. You may not fly for hire or reward.

NIGHT RATING TRAINING DURATION

5 weeks if flying full time (minimum 3 sessions per week)

4 months if flying part time (minimum 1 session per week)

NIGHT RATING PREREQUISITES

Candidate must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and a valid Category 1 or 3 Aviation Medical