Flying a single-engine aircraft at night under VFR has an element of risk involved. The ability to fly the aircraft safely at night is a skill pilots should learn in case they ever need to fly after Evening-Civil-Twilight (ECT). The following guidelines should be followed:
- Thorough pre-flight planning (incl. weather conditions)
- Always carry maps and AIP in case a divert is required
- Always use FULL runway length during takeoff
- Fly as high as possible
- Carry as much fuel as possible
The 3 things most useless to a pilot are: "The runway behind you, the sky above you, and the fuel you left behind!"