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CHAPTER FOURTEEN
NIGHT GROUND PROCEDURES
1400. INTRODUCTION
This chapter provides the basic procedures and techniques essential to the safe operation of the
airplane on the ground at night. These procedures cover night operations both before and after
flight.
1401. PREFLIGHT PROCEDURES
The night preflight will include all items checked on day preflight with the following additions:
1.
Check operation of all interior lights in both cockpits during the cockpit safety check by
checking the following switches ON (both cockpits) prior to turning on the battery.
a.
Instrument lights - rheostats full clockwise.
b.
Console and flood lights - rheostats full clockwise.
c.
Utility light - rheostat full clockwise. The utility light will be positioned in the
forward receptacle just aft of the emergency canopy open handle.
d.
Circuit breaker panel light switch - ON.
2.
With the battery on, complete a check of all exterior lights by turning ON the following
switches:
a.
Landing lights.
b.
Navigation lights (BRIGHT and DIM position).
c.
Strobe lights.
d.
External landing gear indicator lights ("peanut lights") (will automatically activate
with battery ON). Conduct a walk-around of the aircraft to ensure operation of all
exterior lights. Ensure any discrepancies are corrected prior to flight. A clear lens
flashlight shall be used during night preflight inspection.
1402. LIGHT SIGNALS
The student must have a precise knowledge of all light signals to safely conduct night operations.
NATOPS contains the required ground handling signals.
1403. START
The start will be accomplished in the same manner as daylight operations except that the NAV
lights switch will be in the BRIGHT position and the STROBE lights will be OFF. Cockpit
lights will dim during start, so it is recommended you turn the INST POST lights FULL
NIGHT GROUND PROCEDURES 14-1


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