Can a hobbyist ever fly at night?

Is there such a thing as a permission to fly at night for recreational flyers?

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You can fly at night, just follow the drone code, there’re model aircraft that come fitted with LED lights for night flying too if you are interested.

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Ah OK, I thought it was forbidden after sundown.

The M2P has a built in light underneath :+1:

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Yep, I’ve used that. V. bright and doesn’t hit the battery too much.

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That currently is the law in some other countries including, I believe, the US and a number of EU countries, but not ‘yet’ in the UK.

Some insurance companies also don’t cover night flying.

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Thanks Brian. Yes, I believe my FlyIcarus policy doesn’t cover it.

So, to regenerate this up to date !.
Legalities of flying at night?.
Would you ? or a definitely no?

Nothing says we can’t.

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Defo think this would make a good GADC challenge?:wink::wink:

Someone did post something more definitive about night flying … but I can’t find it.
Was it you, @callum?

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I’ve no idea, I can barely remember what I did yesterday.

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You bought something, perhaps?

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VFR flight is not permitted in any UK airspace at night. Night is defined as the time from half an hour
after sunset until half an hour before sunrise, sunset and sunrise being determined at surface level.
(From document on CAA Site)
I should add this is a Pilots perspective !.
Just saying?

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We are not flying a plane with a PPL. VFR/IFR are not part of what we do.

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About time someone clarified this shit !.

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I’m 99% sure the DroneCode would explicitly exclude it if it was illegal.

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I think you are right Dave.

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The drone code is supposed to be a simplified way of giving pilots the information they need to fly safely and legally.

If night flying was not permitted it would be a massive oversight to omit it.

If it’s not in the drone code then that’s good enough for me.

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I am sure that some Arse wipe would love to prove otherwise, just to get another stripe on his shoulder !.

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