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Can You Answer These 7 Night Flight Questions?

Daylight savings time is gone, and the sun is setting early. That means you'll be logging a lot more night time. Are you ready for it?


  1. 1) You're doing your 3 night takeoffs and landings so you can take your friends on a night cross country. When do you need to log your 3 takeoffs and landings?
    FrenchKheldar

    You got it. Landings for night experience need to be logged 1 hour after sunset, ending 1 hour before sunrise.

    Landings for night experience need to be logged 1 hour after sunset, ending 1 hour before sunrise.

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  2. 2) What kind of landings do you need to perform for night currency?
    Aleksander Markin

    You got it. Landings for night experience must be made to a full-stop.

    Landings for night experience must be made to a full-stop.

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  3. 3) You finish your landings and taxi back to the ramp to pick up your friends. As you're headed back ramp, what color are the taxiway lights?
    martin cruze

    You got it. Taxiway lights are blue.

    Taxiway lights are blue.

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  4. 4) After you take off, you look down and notice the airport's rotating beacon (civil airport). What colors do you see?
    Chris Saulit

    You got it. Beacons at civil airports are alternating white and green.

    Beacons at civil airports are alternating white and green.

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  5. 5) When do you need to use your aircraft's position lights?
    Aero Icarus

    You got it. You need to use position lights from sunset to sunrise.

    You need to use position lights from sunset to sunrise.

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  6. 6) You're landing at an airport surrounded by unlit, featureless terrain. If the runway doesn't have VASI lights or any other vertical guidance, you have a natural tendency to fly a:
    danie;

    You got it. Above featureless terrain at night, there is a natural tendency to fly a lower-than-normal approach. The phenomenon is often called the 'black-hole' effect, and you need to be extremely careful about it.

    Above featureless terrain at night, there is a natural tendency to fly a lower-than-normal approach. The phenomenon is often called the 'black-hole' effect, and you need to be extremely careful about it.

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  7. 7) How much reserve fuel do you need to have after you reach your destination airport at night (VFR)?
    Brian Futterman

    You got it. You need to carry enough fuel to reach your first point of intended landing, and then an additional 45 minutes at normal cruising speed. 

    You need to carry enough fuel to reach your first point of intended landing, and then an additional 45 minutes at normal cruising speed. 

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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