Cessna 152 taking off at sunset at Cornwall Airport Newquay

Night Rating


The night rating enables you to fly in VFR conditions during the hours of darkness. It can be invaluable if your flight has been delayed, making your planned destination unattainable during daylight. It is also a requirement that a night rating is held before a Commercial Pilot Licence can be issued.

The night rating does not expire but in order to carry passengers after dark at least one of the minimum 3 take-offs and landings in the preceding 90 days must have been at night.

Entry Requirements

To start the course you must be either working towards, or already hold, a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). As with the PPL, you must be at least 16 years old to fly solo and 17 years to hold a licence with a night rating.

The course will be completed according to your availability and of course, the weather. It is possible to complete the course in 2 or 3 days.

Course Structure

The Night Rating flight training consists of:

  • A minimum of 5 hours flight time at night, which must include:
    • 3 hours of dual instruction
    • 1 hour of cross country navigation
  • The remaining time must include 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full stop landings
  • There is no written exam and no flight test for this qualification