Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 3

Understanding and anticipating illusions

After two issues, do we now have enough knowledge to safely fly at night? Uh – no actually! One of the biggest challenges that pilots face when transitioning to night visual flying is to be able to identify a number of visual and spatial illusions that if not recognised early, may lead to disaster. Appreciating many of these illusions is where flight simulators come to the fore, with almost all of them easily replicated to demonstrate how they can lead you astray. The key to flying well at night is to understand and anticipate the illusions, then fly accordingly…

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