Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 6

Developing your night instrument flying skills

Last issue, we discovered how flight simulators are well suited for learning and developing instrument flight skills. They allow all pilots, whether they fly real or virtual aircraft, to understand how and when to use the flight, engine and navigation instruments when the weather or visibility make visual flight more difficult. In this issue, we’ll continue to develop night instrument flying skills.

It is important to note again that we are discussing night VFR flying – not IFR, so you must continue to focus on keeping your eyes outside the cockpit and use any available horizon and your usual VFR reference points to fly. The gauges are simply glanced at to verify what you are seeing outside and that you haven’t slipped into one of the optical illusions we have previously discussed. For brevity, the discussion below assumes you are still maintaining visual flight.

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