Night Rating

L R HELICOPTERS train a significant number of pilots wishing to obtain their Night Rating. As Canadian leader for traffic watch and electronic news gathering, our company records over 1500 commercial night VFR flight hours each year. This experience gives us a significant advantage over other training providers in this select market. Our instructors and training pilots provide a quality flight training program to meet and exceed industry standards. This together with the variety of terrain offered by the surrounding area, our Springbank base, provides students with a challenging yet fulfilling opportunity to experience night flying at its best.


A Valid Commercial or Private Pilot Licence – Helicopter

Medical Fitness

Valid Category 1 or 3 Medical Certificate.

An applicant for a night rating shall have acquired in helicopters a minimum of 20 hours of pilot flight time which shall include a minimum of 10 hours of night flight time including:

  • 5 hours dual flight time, including 2 hours of cross-country flight time,
  • 5 hours solo flight time, including 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings, and
  • 10 hours dual instrument time.

Credit for a maximum of 5 hours of the 10 hours of dual instrument time may be given for instrument ground time, provided the total instrument time is in addition to the 10 hours night flight time

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for a night rating, an applicant shall have successfully completed a qualifying flight under the supervision of a Transport Canada Inspector or a person qualified in accordance with the regulations.

An applicant who holds a licence endorsed with a night rating in one of the other aircraft categories shall have the total 20 hour pilot flight time reduced to a minimum of 5 hours in helicopters including a minimum of:

  • 2 hours dual night flight time,
  • 1 hour solo night flight time, and
  • 1 hour dual instrument flight time which shall be in addition to the flight time of the above