Landing in low-light conditions

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What are the parameters for landing light aircraft in low-light/dusk type conditions at an airfield where runway lighting is not an option ? Does the type of licence rating held have an influence ? As you may have guessed, I'm not a pilot myself, just curious.
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There are none. Without a night qualification added to your PPL you can land (or attempt to) up to thirty minutes after sunset, or after thirty minutes before sunrise - the bit in between is called official night. Once you add the night qualification there are no restrictions. Moggy

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Interestingly, neither runway lights nor landing lights are legally required to operate at night in a private aircraft. If you didn't have either it may be a bit challenging on a dark cloudy night :D. 30 minutes after sunset can vary between pitch dark and reasonably light, so some pilot discretion is advisable. Often dark airfields are a haven for wildlife at night such as deers, badgers, foxes etc to add to the fun.
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Three Frenchmen with torches should be enough Moggy

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Or the farmer with his Land Rover. Now how do I know that?

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Landing without lights in the dark - object lesson in how to draw attention to yourself! But, you are required to have a landing light when flying at night in a private aircraft, and a torch. You can always turn it off if you dont like what you see in the beam.