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JAR night qualification

May be completed during PPL training or after licence issue

Note: It is recommended that the student is able to fly S & L, Climb, Descend and Turn by sole reference to instruments prior to commencing this course of training

Flight by night in VMC but under IFR permitted
5 hours of flight training at night to include:-
  • A minimum of 3 hours dual flight instruction including 1 hour of night navigation dual flight instruction

  • Remaining hours may be flown solo or dual but must include 5 solo take-offs and landings which must each come to a full stop.

3 hours of ground training should be given covering:-

  • Night Operations

  • Night Visual Circuits

  • Night Navigation

  • Night Emergencies


The Air Pilot's Manual by Trevor Thom (Volume 5 only)
AOPA Night Flying Syllabus
Night Flying Manual and Syllabus by R D Campbell


This is a qualification and therefore does not have any revalidation criteria. Before carrying passengers at night the Carriage of Passengers criteria must be met. Having said all that, Flight Safety and common sense dictate that if you have not flown at night for some time a dual flight with a night qualified instructor would be prudent

Carriage of Passengers

Before carrying passengers by night the PIC shall have carried out:-

  • 1 take-off and landing as PIC in the same class/type of aircraft in the preceding 90 days