||[Sep. 28th, 2006|09:56 pm]
Its starting to get darker earlier, so last week I talked to my old instructor and got my night currency back. So now I can take passengers flying at night again. Which is good, because it means I can take people to dinner to far away places in the winter without having to spend the night.|
Night flying is subject to all sorts of surprising illusions that make it harder than you'd think. There's the obvious one of not being able to see the horizon or that mountain right in front of you, but there's also the fact that you just feel like you're moving much much faster on takeoffs and landings, and if you don't watch the instruments closely, you'll stall close to the ground.
Anyway, today I got my first bit of solo night flying in, and it was pretty much ok. It was too hazy to venture far from the airport though, and by the time I set down for good there were a few small clouds near pattern altitude.
I also hit another page of my logbook. I have over just over 90 hours of flight time now -- and slightly more than half were with me as PIC (pilot-in-command: solo or flying with someone other than an instructor).