Effect of Day and Night Landings on General Aviation Leveloffs
Flight manuals and aviation regulations stipulate that night landings impair depth perception. In this study, 145 participants with no aviation training performed day night landings in a general aviation simulator. Results suggested that the ability to perform the flare maneuver 3-6 m above ground level was not a function of illumination. These findings call into question night flying restrictions and highlight the importance of the runway shape as a prominent monocular cue.