Night Rating Program

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Program Overview

Night Rating program is designed for certified pilots looking to expand their flying capabilities into the night skies. This specialized program is tailored to equip pilots with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely operate a Canadian registered airplane under night visual flight rules (Night-VFR), acting as pilot-in-command. Upon obtaining a Private Pilot License (PPL), pilots are qualified to fly during the day while maintaining visual contact with the ground. The addition of a Night Rating opens up the opportunity to pilot aircraft during official night hours, significantly enhancing a pilot’s versatility and employability. The Night Rating program at Western Community College emphasizes practical training and theoretical knowledge to ensure graduates are well-prepared for night-time aviation operations.

Contact our admissions team today or request information on upcoming program start dates.

Enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely operate a Canadian registered airplane under night visual flight rules (Night-VFR), acting as pilot-in-command.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Night Rating program are qualified to:

  • Act as pilot-in-command of a Canadian registered airplane at night under VFR conditions.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to enroll in the Night Rating program:

  • Possess a valid Private Pilot License (PPL).

Program Outline

Below is outline of the core courses required for graduation.

Course # Title of Course # of Hours
NTR101 Private pilot airplane ground school 20

Fee Structure

1 Tuition $3,900 Domestic Students/International Students
2 Application Fee $50
3 Course Materials $400
4 Other $600
Total $4,950

Program Duration

The Night Rating program is concise yet comprehensive, spanning 2-3 weeks and involving a minimum of 20 hours of flight training. This includes extensive in-class instruction covering the essentials of night flying, from navigating under reduced visibility to understanding and managing the unique operational and psychological challenges associated with night flights.

Evaluation and Completion Requirements

Evaluation methods are detailed in course outlines, focusing on practical assessments and demonstrations of competency. To complete the program, students must successfully perform a qualifying flight under the supervision of a Transport Canada Inspector or a qualified person as per subsection 425.21(4) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), demonstrating the skills outlined in the Flight Instructor Guide-Aeroplane (TP 975).

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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