Safety Hot Spot: Flying Night VFR
Over well-lit terrain, VFR night flight is often a magical experience. But when ground lights are sparse, night VFR can easily become a challenge. This is certainly not to discourage appropriate night flight, which can be both beautiful and useful, but the night VFR accident record—as revealed by the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's GA accident database—clearly shows proportionately many more VFR accidents at night than during the day. Be sure to review the videos and articles and take the quizzes below. They'll help keep you proficient so you can enjoy night VFR.
Here's a review of what you need to know — and bring — before you go.
Great Learning Tools
Articles and videos from AOPA's Air Safety Foundation and the FAA to get you ready for takeoff.
- Safety Brief Terrain Avoidance Plan
- Safety Advisor Spatial Disorientation
- Landmark Accidents: Vineyard Spiral
- Beware the Dark Side
- Going Bump in the Night
- Black Holes
- Flying's Forgotten 5%
- FAA Advisory Circular Pilot's Spatial Disorientation (pdf format)
Related Web Sites
A database of past mistakes to help make your future safer.
Fatal night VFR accidents in the last ten years
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Updated Tuesday, October 03, 2006 9:38:55 AM