for CAA and EASA PPL(A)

Pilots holding a CAA or EASA PPL(A), as well as those training for the EASA/CAA PPL licence may undertake the training required to be issued with a Night Rating


The only pre-requisites to begin training towards a night rating are to either hold one of the aforementioned licences or, if undertaking training towards the EASA 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.

Course Requirements

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 3.5 hours dual training and a 50km dual navigation flight. The solo requirement is 5 take offs and full stop landings.

Course Progress

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 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, and concluding with a few circuits. Subsequent flights will involve navigating and circuits until the student is deemed to be at a standard acceptable to permit supervised solo flight.

Privileges of the Night Qualification

Holders of a night qualification are permitted to fly at night in visual meteorological conditions under visual flight rules.

Revalidation Requirements

There are no revalidation requirements for this rating. Once it is attached to the licence it remains valid indefinitely. However, in order to carry passengers under night operating conditions it is necessary to be in compliance with the ninety day rule, which includes having conducted one of the required take offs and landings at night (unless an instrument rating is held).


The Night Rating assumes a minimum of 5 hours of dual instruction. It can be conducted in either the Cessna 150/152 or Cessna 172. Unless you need to obtain additional equipment such as a torch or land at an airfield other than Sandtoft/Temporary FAC membership, there are no extra costs above these instructional rates.

Cessna 150/152 £ 725
Cessna 172 £825

Includes 1 Landing away fee. Note, there is CAA charge for the issue of the rating which is currently £89. Membership of FAC is additiional.