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Ratings and endorsements

CASR 61.E and 61.O

Authorisation of a night VFR rating CASR 61.955

The holder of a pilot licence and a night VFR rating is authorised to pilot an aircraft at night under the VFR, except if the operation is one of the following, for which an additional rating is required (see CASR Subpart 61.P and Subpart 61.Q) (CASR 61.955, CASR 61.375):

  • an operation using a night vision imaging system or
  • a night aerial application operation below 500 ft AGL.

The grant of a night VFR rating CASR 61.975

An applicant for a night VFR rating must:

  • hold a private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence;
  • meet the requirements for the grant of at least one endorsement listed in the table on page 3.115;
  • have at least 10 hours of aeronautical experience at night in an aircraft or an approved flight simulation training device for the purpose, including at least five hours of dual cross-country flight time at night under VFR in an aircraft and
  • have passed the flight test mentioned in the Part 61 manual of standards (MOS) for the night VFR rating.

The grant of a night VFR endorsement CASR 61.990

An applicant for an endorsement (see column 2 of table on page 3.115) must hold a night VFR rating. In addition, the applicant must also have:

  • completed flight training for the endorsement
  • met the aeronautical experience requirements mentioned in column 4 of the item in table on page 3.115, and
  • passed the flight test mentioned in Part 61 MOS for the endorsement.

Night VFR endorsements


 Endorsement  
1Single engine aeroplane night VFR endorsementPilot an aeroplane of the single-engine aeroplane class at night under the VFRAt least five hours of aeronautical experience at
night as pilot of an aeroplane (or an approved flight
simulation training device for the purpose), including at least one hour of dual flight and one hour of solo night circuits

At least three hours of dual instrument time
2 [alt]Multi engine aeroplane night VFR endorsementPilot an aeroplane at night under the VFRAt least five hours of aeronautical experience at
night as pilot of a multi-engine aeroplane (or an approved flight simulation training device for the
purpose), including at least one hour of dual flight
and one hour of solo night circuits

At least three hours of dual instrument time
3Helicopter night VFR endorsementPilot a helicopter at night under the VFRAt least 10 hours of aeronautical experience at night as pilot of a helicopter (or an approved flight simulation training device for the purpose), including at least three hours of dual flight and one hour of solo night circuits

At least three hours of dual instrument time in a helicopter (or approved flight simulation training device for the purpose)
4 [alt]Powered lift aircraft night VFR endorsementPilot a powered lift aircraft at night under the VFRAt least five hours of aeronautical experience at night as pilot of a helicopter or powered lift aircraft (or an approved flight simulation training device for the purpose), including at least three hours of dual flight and one hour of solo night circuits

At least three hours of dual instrument time
5Gyroplane night VFR endorsementPilot a gyroplane at night under the VFRAt least five hours of aeronautical experience at night as pilot of a helicopter (or gyroplane or an approved flight simulation training device for the purpose), including at least three hours of dual flight and one hour of solo night circuits

At least three hours of dual instrument time
6 [alt]Airship night VFR endorsementPilot an airship  at night under the VFRAt least five hours of aeronautical experience at night as pilot of an airship (or an approved flight simulation training device for the purpose), including at least three hours of dual flight and one hour of solo night circuits

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