Flying at night is a unique experience, as pilots get to experience the world in a different light. Being able to fly after dark, take in the sights and sounds, and enjoy being outdoors in nature are all part of what makes night-time flying so exciting!
There are a variety of types of night flying licenses available to pilots, which allow them to fly planes at night. The process is arduous, but it does have its benefits. In addition to the amazing views, flying over cities and other places at night is a quieter experience because fewer people are on the plane than during the day.
While it’s something many pilots want to do, flying at night is not something that anyone in the profession can just get up and do. There are clear regulations governing who can fly at night, and when they can do so. This article sets out the steps you will need to go through in order to be able to fly after dark.
It is comforting to know that a special license is not required to fly their plane after the sun sets. In order to fly after dark, you need a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), or a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL).
The Night Rating
The Night Rating is an added bonus for all pilots, giving them the opportunity to fly at night, however it is also a requirement for commercial flying. The Night Rating process is done by completing and submitting a form which shows your qualifications, flight hours and includes a copy of your medical certificate. Once this has been submitted you are then asked to complete your training with an approved Night Rating Instructor.
Flying at night is no more dangerous or difficult than flying during daylight hours. The first step to safely flying at night is picking a safe route. Pay particular attention to avoiding areas where gliders and balloons operate, as well as avoiding high-density air traffic areas. Though a flight over terrain or open water may save time, a longer route over flat terrain may be safer.
If you want to take to the skies, then SkyTeam Aviation Academy can help. We offer private and commercial pilot licenses with a variety of careers on offer, so it’s easy to take the next step.