I'm working my way through a modular route to an fATPL and have recently completed the necessary training for my night rating. Two questions:
1) Does this have to be claimed before embarking on a CPL course or can it be claimed alongside my CPL?
2) Is there a time limit on claiming the rating? I appreciate the night rating does not lapse, but is there any time restriction after completing the required training on having the rating added to your licence?
I ask these questions because I hold a JAA PPL and to add my night rating would mean converting it to an EASA licence, thus incurring a cost. I'm led to believe (and please do correct me if i have my wires crossed) that when I complete my CPL I will claim an EASA CPL (with no conversion fee to pay), if I could claim my night rating alongside this it would save valuable pounds on top of an already expensive venture.
Many thanks in advance for any help you can give me.