Most of the nation will "fall back" this weekend, turning our clocks back an hour to Standard Time. Of course, shorter days and earlier sunsets make this a good time to get current on night landings.
Federal regulations ( FAR 61.57[b]) state that in order to act as pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers during the period from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise, the pilot must have made at least three takeoffs and landings to a full stop during the same period (1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise) within the preceding 90 days.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation offers a night flying safety topic with links to print publications and quizzes to help you get back in the groove of night flying.
October 28, 2005