For most of the country, time switches back to standard time Saturday night, meaning earlier nightfall, more night flying - and greater need for caution.
"Terrain avoidance in night VFR conditions can be almost as challenging as flying in instrument meteorological conditions," said Kevin Murphy, vice president of safety education for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. "That's why the Air Safety Foundation is featuring night VFR operations in the Safety Hot Spot."
Among the tools pilots will find in the Hot Spot is the Terrain Avoidance Plan. "There is a wealth of information on both VFR and IFR FAA charts that can help VFR pilots maintain a safe altitude over ground that darkness obscures," said Murphy.
Like all of the information and online safety courses on the AOPA Air Safety Foundation Web site, "Night VFR Operations" is available to all pilots. Almost all of the information is available free of charge.
October 29, 2004