Features

September 2007 Issue

Night Vision

A pilot’s first logged night flight in more than 15 years put him too low and too far from the runway.

There’s no question flying after the sun goes down is different. Many of the things we take for granted in the daylight—the scenery, the speed sensation, better terrain avoidance to name but three—simply aren’t available. The same airports we fly to and from in the daytime look...different. Ramps bathed partly in darkness and partly in yellowish or bluish glows appear cleaner, perhaps, more antiseptic. The runways and taxiways, too, take on a different appearance, hidden between rows of blue and white jewels.

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