Night Rating


Private Pilot Licence holders can apply for a Night Rating to obtain the privilege of flying at night when they meet the following requirements:


The applicant for a night rating must have acquired in aeroplanes a minimum of 20 hours of pilot flight time which must include a minimum of:

(i) 10 hours of night flight time including a minimum of:

(A) 5 hours of dual flight time, including 2 hours of cross-country flight time;

(B) 5 hours of solo flight time, including 10 takeoffs, 10 circuits and 10 landings.

(ii) 10 hours of dual instrument time.

(iii) Credit for a maximum of five hours of the 10 hours of dual instrument time may be given for instrument ground time, provided that the total instrument time shall be in addition to the 10 hours night flight time in subparagraph (a) (i) above.


Within the 12 months preceding the date of the application for a night rating, the applicant must have successfully completed a qualifying flight under the supervision of a Transport Canada Inspector or a person qualified in accordance with subsection 425.21 (4) by demonstrating the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide-Aeroplane (TP 975).


The applicant who holds a licence endorsed with a night rating in one of the other aircraft categories shall have the total of 20 hours of pilot flight time reduced to a minimum of 5 hours in aeroplanes including a minimum of:

(i) 2 hours of dual night flight time,

(ii) 1 hour of solo night flight time,

(iii) 1 hour of dual instrument flight time which shall be in addition to the flight time of (i) and (ii).

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