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7 Things You Need To Know Before Taking Your Next Night Flight

Headed out for a night flight? Have fun, but read this first.

1) If you're taking passengers on your next night flight, you need to have logged at least 3 takeoffs and landings in the preceding 90 days

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2) The 3 landings need to be to a full stop. Touch-and-goes don't count!

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3) And, the takeoffs/landings need to be done between 1 hour after sunset to 1 hours before sunrise

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4) It can take up to 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to darkness

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5) Using a red colored flashlight can help preserve your night vision. Just remember that you'll have a very hard time seeing anything on your map that's marked in red.

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6) You need to use your aircraft's position lights (nav lights) from sunset to sunrise.

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7) If you're flying in to an airport that has dark, featureless terrain around it, be very careful. It's not you, it's just your eyes. Pilots tend to fly lower-than-normal approaches into poorly lit airports. Remember to use the runway's PAPI/VASI lights. And if your runway doesn't have a visual glide slope indication, make sure you fly a standard traffic pattern to keep things as safe and normal as possible.

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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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