Building and highway lighting can fool crews when situational awareness is lost.
I have an acquaintance — a light-twin business pilot — who always files IFR for any trip away from his immediate local area for two reasons: “One, I’ve got someone to talk to and help me watch for traffic; and, two, staying IFR keeps me on track for the correct airport, especially at night.” Not a bad idea, especially for a lone pilot in busy airspace. He adds that navigation to the destination airport at night actually can be easier in IMC than it is in night VMC, because the requirement to ...
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