The Night Rating


This is a Formal Rating that appears on your Pilots Licence. Training must be performed by an instructor who is authorised to train for the rating, at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO or DTO). On successful completion of training, you will need to apply to the CAA for the Rating to be added to your licence, with supporting documentation. There is no test for the issue of the rating, and the rating is valid for life thereafter, with no revalidation or renewal requirements. However, before taking passengers at night certain night recency requirements have to be met (see Limitations below).

The Night Rating allows you to fly at Night in VFR conditions, and can be added to any National or EASA licence. It opens up a whole new world of flying, and, of course, also acts as a safety-net should delays make you late home (assuming your airfield is equipped with runway lights)!

We have various locations which meet the requirements to train you for your Night Rating.

See below for further information.



Applicants for a night rating shall:

  • Be colour-safe (i.e. not have any colour blindness limitation on their medical)


Training Required

A training course must be completed at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO or DTO), including:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction appropriate for the rating
  • At least 5 hours of flight time in the appropriate aircraft category at night, including at least 3 hours of dual instruction, including at least 1 hour of cross-country navigation with at least one dual cross-country flight of at least 50 km (27 NM) and 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full-stop landings
  • Before completing the training at night, LAPL holders shall have completed the basic instrument flight training required for the issue of the PPL



Before taking passengers at night, at least one of the pre-requisite 3 take-offs and landings in the previous 90 days must have been performed at night.


Course Syllabus

Our syllabus not only conforms to the officially required trianing, but we also show you some tips, tricks and best practices to ensure you get the very best out of your time spent with us.

  • Theoretical Knowledge
    (See our full Night Rating Theoretical Knowledge Course at Easy PPL Ground School)
    • Human Performance & Limitations
    • Legislation
    • Basic Instrument Flying
  • Flight Exercises
    • Take-Off
    • Night Familiarisation
    • Cross Country Flight
    • Landing
    • Large Runway and Lighting Experience
  • Emergencies
    • Aircraft Landing Light Failure
    • Aircraft Internal Lighting Failure
    • Torch Failure (in conjunction with the above)
    • Airfield Approach Lighting Failure (PAPI)


Remember that you are being instructed by an instructor with an enviable reputation for delivering results to you. Our personal objective is to make sure you land with a smile on your face. If you don’t – we haven’t done our job properly.

There are three options for our instructional charges; £50 per hour, £150 per half-day, or £250 per full day.

If you want us to come to you, just add our travelling and accommodation (at cost).

The aircraft costs are extra; you can use your own aircraft, hire from a training organisation local to you, or hire from a training organisation local to us.


Where can I do this course?

We are more than happy to come to you wherever you are! However, we normally operate in Essex, with relatively easy access to the airfields in the area. We teach (and examine) regularly (either as part of a club or freelance) at Earls Colne, Andrewsfield, North Weald, Duxford, Crowfield and Cambridge. There are numerous smaller airfields available such as Elmsett, Clacton, Rougham and Great Oakley within easy reach. Southend and Stapleford are also possible.


Which Aircraft can I use?

You can use your own or syndicate aircraft, which in some ways, is better since you'll become really familiar with it as part of the course!

If you belong to a flying club already, most organisations are happy for us to instruct in their aircraft if that's an option you'd like to pursue.

If you need to hire an aircraft locally to us, we have access to a variety of aircraft types and training organisations. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.