These may be achieved as part of or in addition to your training for a pilot licence.
The aerobatic rating allows a PPL or CPL holder to carry out manoeuvres such as loops, rolls, stall turns, spins and combinations as pilot in command. This rating is extremely beneficial for refining and improving flying skills, hence it is certainly recommended for pilots contemplating CPL. The rating is competency based, so no minimum hours are required.
Flying in formation requires excellence in accurate flying, and is therefore beneficial for all pilots. Starting formation in pairs you will learn basic formation positioning, relative speeds, joining formations and station keeping. The rating is competency based, so no minimum hours are required. PPL and CPL holders are eligible.
Night Rating (NVFR)
A night rating gives you the flexibility to fly after dark or to depart before first light. The course includes additional training in instrument flying, night circuits, night navigations and the use of radio navigation aids.
Training for the night rating is open to eligible PPL holders, but may also be included as part of a CPL course. It will take a minimum of 10 hours and is competency based.
Private Instrument Rating (PIFR)
This is a good option for PPL holders who wish to fly under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) on private flights.
Command Instrument Rating (CIR)
Only available to CPL holders, the CIR enables a pilot to fly as pilot in command of a commercial operation under the IFR. This qualification is required by many aviation organisations, and is therefore essential for CPL holders who wish to pursue a career in the airlines.
This endorsement enables a PPL or CPL holder to fly larger and more complex aircraft with two or more engines. It is frequently completed by CPL holders in conjunction with a CIR, and is essential for any commercial pilot seeking a career with the airlines.