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Recent experience requirements

For night VFR flight CASR 61.965

The holder of a night VFR rating is authorised to exercise the privileges of the rating in an aircraft of a particular category only if the holder has, within the previous six months:

  • carried out the following in an aircraft of that category while controlling the aircraft:
    • at least one night take-off and
    • at least one night landing or
  • been assessed as competent to fly at night in an aircraft of that category by a flight instructor who holds a night VFR training endorsement.

To carry passengers at night CASR 61.395

The holder of a pilot licence is authorised to pilot, during take-off or landing, an aircraft of a particular category carrying a passenger at night only if the holder has, within the previous 90 days, in an aircraft of that category (or an approved flight simulator for the purpose), carried out, at night, while controlling the aircraft or flight simulator:

  • at least three take-offs and
  • at least three landings.

However, the holder is taken to meet the requirement above if:

  • within the previous 90 days, in an aircraft of that category or an approved flight simulator for the purpose, the holder has achieved the following where at least one take-off, and at least one landing at night was included:
    • successfully completed a relevant check or review or
    • passed a flight test for a pilot licence or a rating on a pilot licence.

Flight review CASR 61.970

The flight review requirements in the paragraph below are applicable to either one of the following categories of aircraft as appropriate:

  • multi-engine aeroplane;
  • multi-engine helicopter or
  • an aircraft other than a multi-engine aeroplane or multi-engine helicopter.

The holder of a night VFR rating is authorised to pilot an aircraft of one of the categories mentioned in the paragraph above at night under VFR only if, within the previous 24 months, the holder:

  • has successfully completed a flight review for the rating in an aircraft of the same category (or an approved flight simulator) for the flight review
  • has passed a flight test for the rating in an aircraft of the same category (or an approved flight simulator) for the flight test
  • has passed a flight test for the grant of a night VFR endorsement in an aircraft of the same category (or an approved flight simulator) for the flight test, but more than six months after passing the flight test for the rating
  • has successfully completed an operator proficiency check that covers night VFR operations in an aircraft of the same category or
  • has successfully participated in an operator’s approved cyclic training and proficiency program that covers night VFR operations in an aircraft of the same category.

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