NIGHT FLYING – UAS/DRONE THEORY AND HANDS-ON FLIGHT SCHOOL (1-DAY WORKSHOP)

Description

107.29 Daylight operation:
(a) No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft system during night.

(b) No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft system during periods of civil twilight unless the small unmanned aircraft has lighted anti-collision lighting visible for at least 3 statute miles. The remote pilot in command may reduce the intensity of the anti-collision lighting if he or she determines that, because of operating conditions, it would be in the interest of safety to do so.

(c) For purposes of paragraph (b) of this section, civil twilight refers to the following:

(1) Except for Alaska, a period of time that begins 30 minutes before official sunrise and ends at official sunrise;

(2) Except for Alaska, a period of time that begins at official sunset and ends 30 minutes after official sunset; and

(3) In Alaska, the period of civil twilight as defined in the Air Almanac.

This workshop includes a certificate of night flight training, which can be used to apply for your FAA waiver.

There are many good reasons to fly at night, but pilots must keep in mind that the risks of night flying are different than during the day and often times higher. Pilots who are cautious and educated on night-flying techniques can mitigate those risks and become very comfortable and proficient in the task.

In this class, the students will learn about:

  • Night vision
  • Night Blind Spot
  • Dark Adaptation
  • Scanning Techniques
  • Night Vision Protection
  • Wearing Sunglasses
  • Oxygen Supply
  • High Intensity Lighting
  • Flightdeck Lighting
  • Airfield Precautions
  • Distance Estimation and Depth Perception
  • Motion Parallax
  • Geometric Perspective
  • Aerial Perspective
  • Night Vision Illusions:
    • Autokinesis
    • False Horizon
    • Reversible Perspective Illusion
    • Size-Distance Illusion
    • Fascination (Fixation)
    • Flicker Vertigo

You’ll also learn how to apply for a night-flight waiver.

There will be a theory session, followed by a practical hands-on class.