On completion of you Private Pilot Licence, the next step is to obtain a Night Rating. This allows a pilot to fly safety at night in good visual weather conditions and have the benefit of being less restricted when planning and executing on a particular flight. In aviation, night is defined at 15 minutes after sunset and 15 minutes before sunrise.
Should you wish to obtain an aeroplane Commercial Pilot Licence, you are required to have a night rating.
Night Rating Requirements
A pass of 75% is required for the online exam
- A valid Private Pilot Licence.
- Pass the SACAA online exam.
- Complete 5 hours of Ground School.
- 10 hours of instrument instruction of which no more than 5 hours are allowed to be accumulated on a simulator.
- Approximately 5 hours night flight training, which includes a cross country flight and simulated emergencies.
- For aeroplanes, a night cross-country flight of at least 150 nautical miles including two full stop landings at two different controlled airports.
- For helicopters, a night cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles including two landings at two different controlled airports.
- Practical flight test.