since the only criterion for judgment will be changing intensity at changing distance; therefore,
you will have to check its movement in relation to known references to ascertain relative
movement. Ordinarily, you can judge distance and relative motion by the distance between two
lights on the same aircraft. You will undoubtedly experience some difficulty in discerning
moving lights from fixed lights or stars. This can be further complicated by the autokinetic
effect, the apparent motion of stationary objects. Again, this may be overcome by using known
references for comparison.
1302. PERSONAL PREPARATION
Briefs for all night flights will be given prior to commencing syllabus night operations. Ensure
that you eat a good meal prior to attending the brief. There are many times when the night's
flight operations will be lengthy, so ensure that your body is properly fueled.
Students are expected to know Emergency procedures thoroughly prior to the brief and will be
quizzed on them by the Instructor Pilot. If you are uncertain about anything concerning the
night's flight, get it cleared up during the brief by asking your instructor. If you are not
absolutely certain about all Night procedures and Emergency procedures, make sure you are
certain before you leave the briefing room.
In addition to the normal flight equipment required for day flight operations, the following
equipment is required for all night flights:
Flashlight with clear and red lenses.
Clear visor installed in your helmet (prior to the brief).
13-2 INTRODUCTION TO NIGHT CONTACT