The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) state that to maintain night currency (i.e., being able to take passengers during night flight), a pilot must make 3 landings to a full-stop every 90 days at night. For this purpose, night is defined as 1 hour after official sunset to 1 hour before official sunrise. Since we are getting closer to Summer, “night” is getting later and later. This Saturday, night began at 9:21 PM.
I rented one of the club’s Cessna 152’s for the night currency. Before it became real dark, around 8:00 PM, I took the plane up for some pattern work. I practiced all the different types of landings and then made the 3 required landings after dark. All in all, I made 8 takeoffs and landings. The night was clear and cool with no wind at all. It definitely made things easy. I heard so many whippoorwills, they blended together like cicadas during a Summer day.
I was the absolute last person at the airport so I got to turn the lights off, lock the doors and enjoy the silence of the airport at night.