NIGHT CONTACT FLIGHT PROCEDURES
This chapter provides the basic procedures and techniques required to conduct night flight
operations. While these procedures form a basis, the expanded procedures for each Training Air
Wing may be varied. Consult your most current Standard Operating Procedure for further
1501. TAKEOFF PROCEDURES
All takeoffs will be conducted in accordance with NATOPS and the current SOP.
Call for takeoff clearance IAW local SOP/Course Rules.
Once takeoff clearance has been issued, position on the duty runway. Crossing the
holdshort line, complete the Takeoff Checklist. Position the aircraft on the runway centerline.
Commence Takeoff procedures IAW daytime operations.
Direct the instructor to check fuel cap security with a flashlight prior to landing gear
Anticipate a flashing Master Caution/LNDG LT annunciator light
when raising the gear with the landing lights on.
1502. HOMEFIELD DEPARTURE
Comply with tower instructions and make departure in accordance with local SOP.
1503. LANDING PATTERN
Entry to touch-and-go fields will be in accordance with the current SOP/Course Rules. Break
procedures will remain the same as day operations. After the break or crosswind turn, roll out
with a ¾ wingtip distance on the downwind leg.
At night, the wingtip distance remains the same as in the day. Crosscheck the RMI for the
reciprocal heading of the duty runway to assist in maintaining wingtip distance abeam.
Crosscheck the attitude gyro to maintain wings level in the downwind leg.
Abeam your intended point of landing, transition the aircraft by setting 300/275 ft-lbs. torque,
lowering full flaps (if required) and trimming left rudder and up elevator. At the 180º position,
start the approach turn and make the appropriate radio call in accordance with local SOP.
The landing lights will be used in accordance with local Course Rules.
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