Night Operations


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Night Operations

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Basic Overview

Parts of the Eye

Inside the Retina

The Macula

The Fovea Centralis

Visual Blind Spots

Daylight Blind Spots

Nighttime Blind Spots

Photoreceptors of the Eye

The Rods

The Cones

Types of Vision

Photopic Vision

Mesopic Vision

Scotopic Vision

Field of Vision

Focal Vision

Ambient Vision

Adapting Rods for Night Vision

Cockpit Lighting


Night Illusions

False Horizon



Black-Hole Approach

Featureless Terrain

Be Organized

Tools for Night Flying

Special Considerations

Survival Gear

Minimum Required VFR Equipment (Day & Night)

Operational Tips

Logging Overview - §91.209

Three Periods of Night

Sunset to Sunrise

Beginning and End of Civil Twilight

1-Hour After Sunset and 1-Hour Before Sunrise

Pre-Flight Inspection (FAR §91.205)

Walk Around

Engine Start





Climb Out

In-Flight Orientation

Night Pilotage Navigation Skills

Inadvertently Entering IMC

Traffic Pattern Operations

Approach and Landing

Round-Out and Touchdown

No Landing Light

Pilot Controlled Lighting


Night Emergencies

Electrical Failure

Engine Failure

Forced Landing

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