You will perform the majority of your instrument flights in the T-45A under the bag, simulating instrument
conditions in a VFR environment (Figure 1). The T-45A NATOPs manual contains specific instructions on
installing and stowing the hood. Become familiar enough with the operation of the hood so that it does not
impair your performance in other aircraft duties.
Figure 1: INSTRUMENT TRAINING HOOD
When preparing for a night flight, set the cockpit lighting as low as possible to safeguard your night vision
and reduce glare on the canopy while still enabling you to see your instruments. You should use a white
lens in your flashlight for a night preflight (to detect hydraulic fluid leaks). Once in the cockpit, put a
diffuser lens over the flashlight to reduce its intensity for use in the cockpit.