Back to Basics
Having thoroughly explored the spatial and visual illusions that night pilots are subjected to, we can turn to more practical skills using flight simulators and start to learn some flying techniques that the professionals use when they venture out after dark.
One of the biggest challenges that pilots face when transitioning to night visual flying is identifying visual and spatial illusions that may lead to disaster. In this tutorial, we learn that the key to flying well at night is to understand and anticipate these illusions and react accordingly.
In this new series, Peter Stark turns to the next phase of flying that may attract GA pilots – visual night flying. During this series, he explores the challenges of flying at night and demonstrates how to use flight simulators to practice the skills you may need.
In the previous lesson, we realised that we were not where we should be. The visual fixes we were expecting to mark our location simply didn’t appear. We wrap up Stage 2 of Back to Basics by learning how we might get ourselves out of this very fine mess.
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