wwww.CulturAiles.com, a website dedicated to human factors in air safety, it presents new and innovative training suggestions about aviation safety  
Home page
Air safety
Human factors
 events (accidents and serious incidents in avoation)
Trainings
what I can do...
some technical and non technical information about aviation
Inside the Boeing 737NG
About CulturAiles.com
Legal notices
Send an email to postmaster@culturailes.com

The human operator, the least reliable element of an aerodyne, but the most essential...!
Frank Caron (1991)


Last update:
26 September 2016

www.culturailes.com
v2.1.0 © Copyright
1996-2016
All rights reserved

vocational training

A website developed by
Frank's LinkedIn page

Human Factors - 7 tips for optimum vision with flight deck lighting at night

Regardless of flight deck design, the following actions can help ensure taht lighting is optimized for night flying:

  1. ensure that all aircraft lighting (both interior and exterior, and including dimming controls) is functioning properly prior to flight;

  2. if a night flight is planned, wear sunglasses during the day (15% light transmission is recommended). This will increase the rate of dark adaptation and improve night vision sensitivity;

  3. avoid bright lights for 30 minutes immediately before a night flight;

  4. just before takeoff, after the eyes have adapted to darkness, adjust the instrument lighting level so that all displays are readable. Use the minimum setting required to preserve dark-adaptation levels while maintaining the ability to see outside the flight deck;



  1. if a map light or utility light must be used, keep the light as dim as possible and use it for the briefest possible period;

  2. because dark adaptation is an independent process in each eye, close one eye when being briefly exposed to a bright light (for example while reading a map). This protects that eye and eliminates the need for re-adaptation;

  3. while flying an aircraft near storm clouds, increase the level of instrument lighting to its maximum level in anticipation of lightning flashes.

(from the Flight Safety Fundation)

quick links

5 steps to convince about safety

Why air safety improvement is too slow (organisation)?

Why air safety improvement is too slow (culture)?

Why training is the main solution to human factors issues

Human factors still the current challenge of the industry

No limits for the understanding of human factors

Suggestions for a discipline committee

Too long briefings

Current CRM have reach its limits

Aviation safety international legal definitions

Two statements about fatigue every manager must know