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Night Rating - urgent advice needed!

Old 2nd Aug 2010, 13:32
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Night Rating - urgent advice needed!

I am hoping to complete my CPL flight training at Bournemouth in the last week of this month (August 2010), but need to obtain a night rating before then for the purpose of licence issue. Clearly this isn't the ideal time of the year, and night training is not available at Bournemouth Airport during the summer months. I would be very grateful for any advice with regard to where and how I might go about this.
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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 15:05
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You don't need to rush this. The Night Rating is only required for CPL issue, not prior to your skills test. So don't worry about it. Finish your course and when that's all signed and sealed, then worry about getting the right number of whatever hours the CAA require.
Plus, you don't need the night rating issued prior to the application for a CPL, only to have completed the training. Saves a few pennies that way round.

I'm surprised your CPL school didn't mention any of this. Odd!
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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 15:13
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Not true Sodastream.

You don't actually have to have had it issued before you do your skills test, but it is a requirement to have done the necessary hours, solo take-offs and landings etc. Otherwise you need to do an extra 5 hours (at night) as part of your CPL.

From LASORS section D1.2D

An applicant who does not already hold a Night Qualification/Rating (Aeroplane) shall be given additionally at least 5 hours night flight instruction.

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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 15:40
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Yes, the problem is that I have no night training hours at all. Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training's brochure states that for those students not already in possesion of a Night Rating, night training can be incorporated into the CPL training. What it didn't state was that night training is available at Bournemouth only during the winter months!
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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 15:47
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Try Southend

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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 15:58
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Thanks, Linda! The instructor who conducts night training is away today, but should be in tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
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Yep - Southend Flying Club can do it, but at a cost of 1400! :-( Oh well, my fault for not organising myself better...
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5 hours for 1400!!!

Sounds like daylight robbery if you ask me!

There are others, make some more research I say. Should max cost 800 - 1000.
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