Night VFR

Enjoy the beauty of a starry night from the air...

The Night Visual Flight Rules rating (NVFR) allows a pilot with a Private Pilot Licence or a higher qualification to fly anywhere in Australia at night under the visual flight rules. Whether you are flying for fun, or have chosen aviation as a career, obtaining your Night VFR Rating can create new and exciting opportunities. Enjoy memorable flights including flights over major cities at night or watching the sunset from the air. One practical application of the rating is that you can land after dark at the end of a long flight, which can make flying more realistic for weekends away or long business trips.

Please note that this rating does not permit you to fly in cloud by day or night. If you wish to fly in all weather conditions, you will need to obtain a Command Instrument Rating or PIFR.

Training Structure

Flight Training
As flying at night relies more on flying with reference to the flight instruments, there is a focus during training on using navigation aids and flying without reference to the natural horizon. Night circuit training follows, to ensure you are familiar with the challenges of taking off and landing at night.  Solo night circuits will be part of the training.  Once the circuit has been mastered, usually you would fly two navigation exercises followed by your night flight test. The training consists of approximately 16 hours of flying training.

Aircraft

Piper Tomahawk
The Piper Tomahawk has a proven track record in the field of basic training. It has a side-by-side seating configuration with dual controls, and has excellent visibility.

Piper Warrior
The Warrior PA-28 is an ideal and popular touring aircraft for the longer cross-country navigational exercises. The four seat aircraft has dual controls, is comfortable, stable and fun to fly.

Cessna 172
The Cessna 172 is also available for navigational exercises.  It is comfortable, stable in flight and has modern instrumentation. This aircraft is popular with country students, as the Cessna 172 is a common mode of transport in the rural communities.