Learning to safely fly at night takes time and your proficiency will improve with experience. Pilot’s should practice the following maneuvers at night and acquire competency in straight-and-level flight, climbs and descents, level turns, climbing and descending turns, and steep turns. Practicing recovery from unusual attitudes should only be done with a flight instructor. Practice these maneuvers with all the flightdeck lights turned OFF, as well as ON. This blackout training simulates an electrical or instrument light failure. Include using the navigation equipment and local NAVAIDs during the training. In spite of fewer references or checkpoints, night cross-country flights do not present particular problems if pre-planning is adequate. Continuously monitor position, time estimates, and fuel consumed. Use NAVAIDs, if available, to assist in monitoring en route progress.
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