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night rating


If you have completed 100 hours of flight time as a helicopter pilot after the issue of your PPL, including at least 60 hours of PIC on helicopters and 20 hours of cross-country flight, then the next logical step is to make use of it. The night rating will give you the flexibility to fly when its dark – particularly useful during winter when the days are shorter.

Additionally, if you plan to gain your Commercial Pilot Licence, a Night Rating is a pre-requisite for this. We recommend booking your night rating course when British Summer Time ends.

24/7 Availability

HUMBERSIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is open 24 hours a day which is one of the many advantages of learning at a Commercial Airport. 

Take the challenge of VMC Night Flight with Hummingbirds Night Rating Course. The structured Night Rating Course consists of:
  • Five hours ground school instruction
  • 10 hours of dual instrument flying
  • Five hours of night flying, including five solo circuits with take-off and landings.

Upon Completion

Once completed, the Night rating allows a pilot to fly any helicopter during official night (defined as the period between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise).

Trial Lessons & Introductory Flights


Our aircraft has dual controls, allowing you the opportunity to have a go yourself.

All our Trial Lessons include a one-to-one pre-flight briefing, during which time the Instructor will introduce you to the basic principles of helicopter flight and answer any questions that you may have.

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    July 30, 2019

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