Rating Revalidation & Renewal

Do you have a rating expiry date approaching? If so, then Horizon Aviation can help! Whether you just need to revalidate a rating, or even renew an expired one, we’ll be happy to help and can provide any required training, as well as the proficiency check.

We can provide revalidation/renewal of the following:
IconSingle Engine Piston (Land) Rating
IconNPPL Simple Single Engine Aircraft Rating
IconUK IMC Rating / Instrument Rating (Restricted)
IconMulti Engine Piston (Land) Rating (currently revalidation only)
IconMulti Engine Instrument Rating (currently revalidation only)
IconSingle Engine Instrument Rating (currently revalidation only)

Single Engine Piston / Simple Single Engine Aircraft Ratings

If you are planning to revalidate your SEP or SSEA rating by experience, you can do your one hour training flight with us – either in one of our aircraft, or your own (subject to insurance requirements). Even if you don’t fly with us, one of our Flight Examiners can review your documents and complete the revalidation paperwork with you.

What’s involved in a “one hour training flight”?

In short, any kind of training! There is no formal requirement to complete any specific items. Remember, it is a ‘training flight’, not a test!

However, at Horizon Aviation, we will always cover certain basic skills that often get a bit rusty, such as PFLs and stall recoveries, to give you the chance to practise and remain as safe a pilot as possible. Other than that, you can use the time to cover anything you like and we encourage pilots to make the most of having an instructor sat next to them. It’s not pass or fail, it’s all about brushing up and keeping your skills sharp!

See the boxes below for details of how to renew or revalidate your class rating, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Single Engine Piston Rating | Revalidation

Revalidation by Experience

In order to revalidate by experience, you will need to satisfy the following requirements within the twelve months prior to rating expiry:
Icon12 hours total flight time in class
Icon6 hours flight time as Pilot In Command
Icon12 take offs and landings as sole manipulator of the controls
IconA 1 hour training flight with a Flight Instructor*
On completion of these requirements, you must then have the rating revalidated on your licence by a Flight Examiner.

If you also hold a Touring Motor Glider class rating, you can complete the requirements in either class (or a combination) to revalidate both ratings.

*A class or type rating proficiency check or skills test in ANY other class or type satisfies this requirement. In the UK, the 1 hour can be completed in up to three separate flights, provided that they are all flown with the same instructor.

Revalidation by Proficiency Check

If you cannot revalidate by experience, you can do so by completing a Proficiency Check with a Flight Examiner within the three months prior to rating expiry.

Single Engine Piston Rating | Renewal

In order to renew a lapsed rating, you will first need to complete some refresher training (the amount required will depend on several factors, such as the amount of time since you last flew and your total experience etc.). When you’re ready, you will then need to complete a Proficiency Check with a Flight Examiner.

If you need to renew a Touring Motor Glider class rating as well, the Proficiency check can be completed in either class and will renew both ratings.

NPPL Simple Single Engine Aircraft Rating | Revalidation

Revalidation by Experience

In order to revalidate by experience, you will need to satisfy the following requirements within the current twenty-four month validity:
Icon12 hours total flight time in class
Icon8 hours flight time as Pilot In Command (6 hours must be within the last 12 months of validity)
Icon12 take offs and landings as sole manipulator of the controls
IconA 1 hour training flight with a Flight Instructor
On completion of these requirements, you must then have the rating revalidated on your licence by a Flight Examiner.

If you hold more than one class rating, you can complete the requirements in any class (or a combination) to revalidate all ratings. However, you must have completed at least 1 hour (either PIC or dual) in each class to be revalidated.

Revalidation by General Skills Test

If you cannot revalidate by experience, you can do so by completing a General Skills Test with a Flight Examiner prior to rating expiry.

NPPL Simple Single Engine Aircraft Rating | Renewal

In order to renew a lapsed rating, you will need to complete a General Skills Test with a Flight Examiner.

If your rating has lapsed by more than 5 years, then you will first need to complete some refresher training (the amount required will depend on several factors, such as the amount of time since you last flew and your total experience etc.). If the rating expired less than 5 years ago, there is no mandatory refresher training required. However, we recommend that you consider completing some prior to attempting the GST, especially if it’s been a while since you last flew.

UK IMC Rating / Instrument Rating (Restricted)

Whether your IMC Rating/IR(R)’s expiry date is approaching, or you need to renew an expired rating, Horizon Aviation can provide all required training and testing.

See the boxes below for details of how to renew or revalidate your class rating, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Revalidation or Renewal

In order to revalidate or renew an IMC Rating / IR(R), you will need to satisfy the following requirements:
IconPass a revalidation flight test with a Flight Examiner
IconComplete a full approach, go-around and missed approach procedure (of a different type to that completed in the flight test)
Must be signed by an instructor qualified to give instrument flying instruction
OR
IconCarry out two approach procedures, using different aids, during the flight test

Renewal after more than 5 years

In order to renew an IMC Rating / IR(R) that has expired by more than 5 years, you will need to satisfy the following requirements:
IconComplete training as required to pass the initial flight test
IconComplete the initial flight test

Renewal after more than 10 years

In order to renew an IMC Rating / IR(R) that has expired by more than 10 years, you will need to satisfy the following requirements:
IconComplete training as required to pass the initial flight test
IconComplete the initial flight test
IconComplete the UK IMC Rating Theoretical Knowledge exam

Multi Engine Piston (Land) Rating

If your rating has not yet expired, then it can be revalidated by completing a proficiency check with a Flight Examiner, either on it’s own, or combined with your Instrument Rating revalidation (see below). We can offer revalidations with our Flight Examiners at competitive prices. Please contact us for more information.

Single Engine / Multi Engine Instrument Rating

If your Instrument Rating has not yet expired, it can be revalidated by completing a proficiency check with a Flight Examiner. We can offer these, either stand-alone, or combined with a Multi Engine Piston Rating revalidation, at competitive prices. Please contact us for more details.