Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 2

Night Flying

Having developed an understanding of what is ‘night’ and how some human senses can mislead an unsuspecting pilot, we now familiarise ourselves with aircraft and airfield lighting.

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Internal lighting

In our previous issue, we finished up discussing Dark Adaptation, where pilots must allow their eyes to become adapted to the lower levels of light experienced at night. Having successfully done so, we don’t want to leap into an aircraft and switch on the dome lights and undo all that preparation. So most light aircraft use a red filtered light to illuminate the cabin and gauges as the human eye is not very sensitive to red light and it does not interfere with our night vision.

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