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Obtaining a Night Rating is the next step in your pilot training after you have completed your Private Pilot License.

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What is a Night Rating?

The Night Rating allows the pilot to fly safely at night in good visual weather conditions and have the benefit of being less restricted when planning and executing a particular flight.

For aviation purposes, night is defined as 15 minutes after sunset and 15 minutes before sunrise.

Night Rating Requirements

  • Valid Private Pilot Licence and Type/Class Rating

  • 5 Takeoffs and landings by night

  • 10 hours of instrument instruction of which not more than 2 hours are allowed to be accumulated on a flight simulator

  • Dual Cross-country by night consisting of at least three legs of not less than 50nm each

Night Rating



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Why an Instrument Rating?

  • An Instrument Rating (IR) is a pilot rating earned through intensive training focused on flying solely by reference to instruments. . An excellent example is flying in clouds, fog or haze. It is arguably one of the most valuable ratings you can add to your pilot license.

  • The Instrument Rating is a vital component for both more advanced private and commercial flying opportunities. Accuracy standards and levels of the procedure are higher. Candidates are taught to deal with in-flight emergencies under instrument conditions.

Instrument Rating requirements


Candidates must have:

  • a valid Private or Commercial Pilot License

  • Hold a general radiotelephony operator’s certificate

  • A minimum of 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC of which not less than 10 hours shall be in an actual aircraft


The practical flying preparation consists of:


  • Minimum 40 hours instrument flying

  • 20 hours in a simulator

  • 20 hours in an aircraft

  • Practical flying skills test with a NCAA approved designated examiner


Theory: (The pass mark 75%):


  • Human performance

  • Meteorology

  • Radio aids

  • Instruments

  • Navigation general & plotting

  • Air law and procedures

  • Flight planning

Instrument Rating


To hone skills and enhance later employment opportunities many pilots elect to undergo Instructor’s Ratings.

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Why get an Instructor Rating

Getting an Instructor Rating is one of the gateways to a career in aviation. 

After the programme, the candidate earns a Grade III Instructor Rating. As experience builds, the Rating progresses to Grade II and eventually Grade I.


If you enjoy flying in all its aspects both practical and theoretical and are someone who finds enjoyment in the process of learning and teaching, enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds and is committed to helping people succeed, then the Instructor Rating is just the thing for you!

Instructor Rating Requirements

  • Valid Commercial Pilot’s Licence

  • Minimum 80 hours of ground briefings & lectures

  • Minimum 30 hours of practical patter training

  • Once you have completed this phase you will complete two theoretical NCAA exams:

  • Applied Meteorology and Navigation

  • Principles of Flight and Legislation

  • Practical skills test in both lecturing and air exercises with an approved NCAA designated examiner

Instructor Rating


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Swakopmund Flying School offers a number of different advanced ratings:

  • Multi Engine Rating

  • Turbine Rating

  • Game/Livestock cull Rating (H)

  • Sling Load Rating (H)

Advanced Rating
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