Night Flying Tips for New Pilots


As you head into stage three of the Pacific Flight Aviation private pilot flight program, you’ll encounter night flying. The FAA requires a minimum of three instructor-supervised hours of night flying with at least 10 takeoffs and landings before anyone may earn their private pilot license. While it may seem daunting, our course will lead you to excellence.

Here are some important tips to remember before you fly at night.

  1. Always keep two flashlights with extra batteries on hand, and never place them near the magnetic compass.

  2. Be sure all lights and your airplane battery are working before you fly.

  3. Your route should feature the most forced landing options possible. Be sure to check the airports’ hours of operation and if they have pilot controlled lighting or not. The best airports for night flying will be well lit.

  4. Light intensity may distort outside surroundings. Brighter lights may appear to be closer while dim lights may appear farther away.

  5. Plan for the weather accordingly. Rain, smoke, haze and more may make you feel higher than you really are.

  6. For the sake of other pilots and personnel, do not use strobe lights, if possible,  while taxiing.

  7. Before your first night flight, it may be beneficial for you to ride along with your instructor or a fellow pilot so you can understand the changes in visual conditions.

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