Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Little Night Work

Sunset is now before 5PM in these parts, which means that it is time for night flying. These are the flashlights that I have with me on a night flight:

The two mini-maglights with cords attached have red filters. I wear one of them around my neck. The other two are unfiltered.

The D-cell flashlight has multiple uses. I use it for preflighting, of course. With the butt end in a door side pocket, the wand makes a useful cabin red emergency floodlight if the panel lights fail. And it is very good for walking around a dark ramp to ensure that I am seen by other people.


Old NFO said...

Smart! I always had a mini-maglight in the leg pocket on the flight suit for the same reason! Belt AND suspenders when your butt is on the line!

Sarah said...

Yah those LED maglites are amazing. I usually carry two of those - one white, one red/green. For backup and flood, I have a cheap hunter's LED headlight ( red/white ) on it's strap around my neck.

And I still don't like flying at night. Correction: Flying is nice, the landings make me uneasy. Without a vasi, really nervous. Maybe I should just do it more - have done the minimum required for ratings.

Nangleator said...

I really didn't like my night training. It was in December, and it took the plane a long time to heat up. The lights were beautiful, of course. I was able to recognize town centers from their light displays.

Landings at Tew-Mac's 21 were frightening. The 'runway lighting' covered only about 40% of the runway... from the other end. Descending into the tree-surrounded black hole of the approach end was not fun. You just had to look at the end you could see, and compare it by memory to your daylight views, and strain your eyes all through final.