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~ Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra


The Night Rating Privileges

The Night Rating allows you to:
  • fly all single or multi-engine aircraft that are classified as non-high performance,
  • during night hours,
  • under Visual Flight Rules and Visual Meteorological Conditions.
A Private Pilot Licence and a Category 1 or 3 medical are the minimum requirements for Night Rating endorsement. A Night Rating is a requirement for the Commercial Pilot Program.  

Training Overview

The Night Rating program is separated into two paths: ground instruction and in-flight instruction. While there are no written or in-flight Transport Canada examinations, I will provide you with the required background knowledge, skills, and understanding to successfully meet all company and Transport Canada requirements for the rating. There is no formal Ground school for this program.

A minimum age of seventeen (17) years old is required for a Night Rating.

All pilots are required to have a Medical Certificate. There are four categories of medical certificates and the process of obtaining a certificate will differ depending on the category and your age. The minimum category required for the Private Pilot Licence is a Category 3. However, students seeking careers as Commercial Pilots should obtain a Category 1 Medical Certificate.

The Medical examinations must be performed by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner. The fee for the examination will vary with the individual examiners but is usually between $150.00 and $200.00. This fee is not normally covered under any medical plans.

*Students must not have any restrictions on their medicals pertaining to color deficiencies.

Ground Instruction consists of required reading of Transport Canada publication’s Flight Training Manual, Chapter 25. Related topics that will be covered:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations Requirements for Night VFR
  • Instrument Flying Full/Partial Panel Unusual attitudes
  • Human Factors
  • Pilot Decision Making
  • Flight Operations
  • Navigation Radio and Electronic Theory ADF, VOR.

Students will be required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the required subjects their Instructor.

See CARS 421.42

An applicant for a night rating shall have acquired in airplanes a minimum of:

    • 10 hours of Dual instrument time

Credit for a maximum of 5 hours of the 10 hours of dual instrument time may be given for instrument ground time

* If 5 hours dual instrument were obtained in your Private training, the requirement then drops to 5 hours dual instrument training.

Air instruction is separated into dual instruction and solo practice. During dual instruction, students will be introduced to new exercises and practice previous exercises. Once a level of skill and competence has been reached, students will fly solo in an aircraft to practice the air exercises.

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for a night rating, an applicant shall 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 – Night Rating.