Posted September 24, 2018 04:38:23 The answer is, it depends.
In the past, flying at night was considered dangerous for pilots and instructors.
But flying at light or moderate levels at night has become a lot safer for students and instructors, according to the National Aviation Association.
A night sky class can also help teach students how to get good images, and can be a fun way to get the public to take in the stars.
And with sky-watching events and festivals coming up, there’s always the chance of seeing the night sky.
If you want to learn how to fly at night, here are some tips to help get you started.
Start at a high school night school The National Association of Night School Instructors (NASSAO) says you should start at a local night school.
“A school that has a large number of students can be helpful in the first couple of weeks,” said the organization’s executive director, John F. Smith.
Night schools can be the perfect place to start for a novice night sky instructor.
“If you have a small group, they can give you a very helpful and accessible experience that’s a lot more helpful than going to a private school,” Smith said.
“It’s a little bit like a small business, you’re not trying to create a huge business, but you’re trying to help out other small businesses.”
You can also start at the local airport.
A good night sky night sky guide can also be a great place to learn about what to expect at a given airport.
“You want to be able to say, ‘OK, you need to know about what the night skies are like, what are the weather conditions, how long does it take to get there, and when is the best time to go,’ ” Smith said, adding that night sky flights at airports like New York’s JFK, San Francisco’s TWA, and Los Angeles’s La Palma Airport can be more comfortable than flying at home.
“When you go to a night school you’re more likely to be in a place where there’s a bunch of kids and you’re less likely to have a lot of adults with you,” Smith explained.
“The night sky can be really good for a new instructor because you’re doing a very safe and structured night flight, which is a very common occurrence.”
When to fly on a clear night The most common night sky site is a clear day, or a night with no clouds.
However, it’s also possible to fly in a cloudless sky if you’re in a location with a clear sky and no clouds, like the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, and parts of California.
Smith said you should also fly on cloudy days if you plan to see a lot.
“Some people are very sensitive to cloudiness,” Smith added.
“They like a clear or a clear moon, and a clear morning with no sun.
If there’s not a clear evening, they want to see the moon.”
Be aware of how long it takes to get from one place to another The best time for night flying is after 10:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m., when the air is clear and the sun is shining.
This allows for an easier transition to a flight when you arrive at a new location.
“For most people, it would be a good idea to arrive at their new night school in the morning,” Smith advised.
“That way you’re going to have more time to get to your destination and learn about the night and the sky.”
But be aware that some schools may have different times and/or locations.
“There are some schools that don’t have a schedule,” Smith noted.
“So it’s not always easy to find a night time that works for you.”
Be prepared for weather The most important thing about night sky training is that it’s an ongoing learning process.
“What you’re learning here is how to read the night, how to interpret the sky, how you can control your aircraft in the air, how much fuel you have to put in the aircraft,” Smith concluded.
“Those are all things that will develop over time.”
But you can be prepared for the weather by practicing at night and staying clear of the wind.
“Be aware of what time of year it is,” Smith continued.
“Do you want a full day or a half day?”
He added that if you fly on the wrong day of the week, it can be tough to get started.
“We have a full moon on Sunday.
It can be tricky to find an aircraft in that situation,” he said.