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Aviation Learning Center Document Night Flying Tips
Author: Adrian Eichhorn Date: November 2005
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In today's complex world of GPS, glass cockpits, and flight management systems, sometimes a simple rule of thumb or memory aid is still the best way for a pilot to avoid an accident. After a lot of work, I think N.I.G.H.T. is one such flight planning aid pilots should use before every night flight.

Night flight has certain inherent risks. After a friend was killed in a nighttime accident, I started reviewing all the information I could find relating to night flying accidents, including various safety recommendations. In summarizing my research, I think the five most important questions a pilot can ask or review before a night flight are contained in the acronym N.I.G.H.T. Each letter asks a question or relates to a topic that I think a pilot should consider before every night flight.

The five simple letters stand for five critical issues that address important operational issues, potential hazards, or physical limitations - topics unique to night flight.

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