Flight Training Lesson 18
1.5 Hours Night; Pre/Post Flight Discussion 0.75 Hours
by Philip Greenspun and Kasim Te; revised August 2006
Developed for students at East Coast Aero Club which operated under FAR Part 141 from July 2008 through July 2010.
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The student will become familiar with the characteristics and special considerations of helicopter flight at night.
- Previous material as applicable and necessary
- Night preflight planning
- Night flight planning considerations
- Visual inspection for night flight
- Night vision and use of personal lighting device
- Night scanning techniques
- Night flight
- Vertical takeoff to a hover
- Landing light
- Normal/crosswind departure and approach
- Night orientation of local area
- Traffic patterns at night
- Vertical landing from a hover
- Airport/heliport lighting
- Emergencies at night
- 0-30 minutes: Drive to helicopter hangar and preflight inspection
- 30-40: Startup
- 40-50: Student air/hover taxis to taxiway or ramp area for hover practice
- 50-65: Pattern work
- 65-75: Hover practice
- 75-85: Pattern work with autorotation
- 85-90: Shutdown
- 90-110: Put helicopter away, return to classroom
- 110-125: Discussion
- FAA Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
- Robinson R22/R44 Helicopter
- R22/R44 P.O.H.
The student will become familiar with nighttime helicopter operations and shall exhibit knowledge of night flight considerations including preparation, equipment, safety precautions, night vision and scanning, emergency actions, and general night flying procedures.
Instructor's Evaluation and Recommendations:
Flight Training Record, Lesson 18
Any deviations from the completion standards should be noted in previous section.
After completing a maneuver listed under Introduction, place a check mark next to that maneuver.
Assign grades of Above Standard, Meets Standard, or Below Standard to maneuvers listed under Review.
- Student Name:
- Instructor Name/CFI#/expiration:
- Date of Lesson:
- Aircraft Type/Registration:
- Route of Flight:
- Number of Landings:
- Hours Dual/Solo:
- Hours Cross-Country:
- Hours Night:
- Hours Simulated Instrument: