Night VFR (Night Visual Flight Rating)
After completing your training and having been issued with Private Pilot’s Licence, there are several optional training courses you may choose to undertake.
The NVFR is perhaps, initially, the most useful of all the options as it enables you to fly after last light, which means your outings and trips need not be constrained to daylight hours only. In addition to the added versatility the rating gives you, your skill levels as a pilot will be greatly enhanced by improved understanding of more sophisticated navigational techniques.
Before you may hold a NVFR rating, it is necessary to hold a valid Private or higher category Pilot Licence.
A significant part of the skill development is devoted to instrument flying. That is, your ability to handle the aircraft solely by reference to your flight instruments. In order that you may become competent in this aspect we recommend five hours of instrument flight time to improve your skills. This time may be accumulated in an approved synthetic trainer or flight simulator, which significantly reduces the cost. After completing this phase you will be ready to commence the actual night flying.
The requirement is 10 hours of night flying, which is with a qualified instructor. The 10 hours are broken down into 5 hours of night cross-country conducted in two separate exercises of two and three hours each and 3 hours of night circuits and 2 hours of navigation aid practice.
Once you have reached the minimum hours and have achieved a satisfactory performance standard, another straightforward check flight with your CFI will see you rated for flight at night in visual conditions.