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Effect of Day and Night Landings on General Aviation Leveloffs

Year: 
2007
Researcher(s): 
Shalagh Frantz
Institution: 
Ohio Northern University
Discipline: 
Psychology

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.

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