Night Rating

Requirements for a night rating.

1: An applicant for a night rating must
  • (a) hold a valid pilot licence;
  • (b) submit proof of having completed the training referred to in subregulation (2) below;
  • (c) submit proof of having passed the theoretical examination referred to in subregulation (3)
  • (d) have passed the prescribed skills test, referred to in regulation 61.10.4.
2: An applicant for a night rating must have completed under the auspices of an approved Part 141 ATO
  • (a) not less than 5 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction on the material as prescribed in Document SA-CATS 61;
  • (b) not less than 10 hours of instrument instruction, of which not more than 5 hours may be accumulated in an approved FSTD; ( MFA uses the ALSIM 250 simulator at Cape Town International )
  • (c) in the case of a night rating on aeroplanes, not less than 5 take-offs and five landings by night as pilot manipulating the controls of the aircraft whilst under dual instruction; or
  • (d) in the case of a night rating on helicopters, not less than 5 circuits with 5 take-offs and five landings by night as pilot manipulating the controls of the aircraft whilst under dual instruction; and
  • (e) a dual cross-country flight by night consisting of at least
    • (i) in the case of a night rating for aeroplanes a total distance of not less than 150 NM in the course of which full-stop landings at two different aerodromes away from base are made; ( This is usually to Saldanha Bay and then back to Cape Town International via Moreesburg ) or
    • (ii) in the case of a night rating for helicopters, a total distance of not less than 75 NM in the course of which landings at two different aerodromes away from base are made.
3: A maximum of 5 hours instrument time can be credited towards the 10-hour requirement for a helicopter pilot if the applicant is the holder of an instrument or night rating on aeroplanes and vice versa.

Application for a night rating.

1: An application for a night rating must be made to the Director in the appropriate prescribed form.
 
2: The application must be accompanied by
  • (a) the skills test report as prescribed in Document SA-CATS 61;
  • (b) proof that the applicant meets the requirements of regulation 61.10.1; and
  • (c) the appropriate fee as prescribed in Part 187.

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