A Private Pilot licence allows you to fly during the daylight hours. You are not allowed to fly at night. Since official night starts one half hour after sunset andends one half hour before sunrise, some days fail to provide enough daylight hours for our convenience. In the winter in Canada, when night begins at 4:45, this is especially an issue.

The solution is a night rating. Night flying brings forward a new dimension in the flying experience. The spectacular sights of the airport and surrounding areas combined with usually calm, stable conditions to provide an enjoyable time for flying.

The prerequisite for the night rating is a Private Pilot Licence

Transport Canada establishes the minimum requirements for the Night Rating as follows:

  • 20 hours flight experience in the same aircraft category.
  • The applicant must have completed a minimum of 10 hours night-flight experience,
    • including no less than 5 hours dual instruction (which must include a 2-hour cross-country), and
    • 5 hours solo flight time, which must include 10 takeoffs and landings.
  • The applicant must also have completed 10 hours dual instrument time.

Golden Horseshoe Aviation night training includes ground briefings essential to safe night flight.