Night Rating


A Night Rating allows you to fly and carry passengers at night.

Some of the most enjoyable and relaxing flying happens after the sun goes down.  There is nothing like watching the sunset and the ground light-up from above. A night rating is a great extension to the skills learned in obtaining a Private License and opens up a new set of possibilities.

Why Not planning on flying at night?


A night rating is a big stress-reliever when flying in the afternoon. A night rating prevents the tendency and need to “race the sun home” and may allow you to spend extra worry-free hours at your destination.

Night training usually begins in the simulator, where pilots build upon their previous instrument experience to become safer and more efficient at instrument flight. Any dual instrument training has previously acquired may be counted towards the 10 required instrument hours. A maximum 5 of the 10 required instrument hours may be in the simulator, so those who have had prior experience in the simulator may need to do some of their instrument time in the aircraft.

For the flight portion of the training, 5 hours dual and 5 solo, we will teach you how to overcome the illusions and difficulties associated with night operations and build your confidence locally before heading across the Georgia Strait to Victoria for a night navigation experience.

Transport Canada Minimum Requirements

Based on training on Cessna 172 at $170/hr solo and $235/hr dual :

  • 20 hours flight time including:

    • 10 hours night flight time including:

      • 5 hours dual flight time including 2 hours of cross-country flight time @ $1,175.00

      • 5 hours solo flight time including 10 take-offs, circuits and landings @ $850.00

    • 10 hours dual instrument time, a maximum of five of which may be instrument ground time @ $1,175.00 (5 hours training already received during PPL training)

    • 5 hours briefing with instructor @ $325.00

  • complete a qualifying flight by demonstrating the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide @ $235.00

Total Estimated Cost (on C172)*:  $3,760.00

* Price quoted is based on Transport Canada minimum requirements. Most students will require more than minimum required hours to complete their flight training.  Therefore, estimated costs will vary accordingly and students should allow for approximately 25% additional funding for the completion of their training.  All prices are in CAD and are subject to change without prior notice.

This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. As such, the registrar did not review this program.