What’s this and what does it authorize to?
With this you may fly not only in daytime but also at night (so from sunset to sunrise). The only restriction is that in this case you may fly also according to VFR (5 km horizontal and 300 m vertical visibility) and continuous ground vision is necessary, too. (Of course you may take off and land where appropriate lighting is. In the 100 km area of Budapest this kind of airports are for example Ferihegy (LHBP), Jakabszállás (LHJK), Siófok-Kiliti (LHSK) and Budaörs (LHBS).)
Who and why?
If you didn’t want to worry in the late afternoon about whether you can finish your flight before sunset (according to the law), to get the NVFR would be useful for you. And of course flying at night has absolute different kind of excitements and experiences in store than flying during daytime. If you think as a PPL pilot you don’t have anything to learn, you should do the NVFR training and you will realise how bad you have thought. Flying at night is a challenge but at the same time it’s a more exclusive ‘club’ than the PPL’s club so this is a kind of personal leap forward. If you liked to go on your carrier as a pilot either with an Instrument Rating (IR) or with Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), NVFR is an ‘entering’ that’s why sooner or later obligatory step.
How can you start it?
After finishing your PPL training you can begin the NVFR training immediately. Although we think first you should collect some flying hours to be a little bit more confident.
The course of the training:
The training consists of few hours of theoretical training and a 5 hour-long practical training. The 5 hours mean 1 hour route-flight (with an instructor) and 1 hour flying on your own.
What’s the next?
As we wrote it earlier, the next step could be the instrument rating (IR) or the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training. But it’s very important to know that for those you have to collect much more hours of flying than the minimum of the PPL and NVFR training (45+5). (see IR and CPL pages)