Yeah, that was before I had to fly at night. The lowest output light I own (I brought 3) is about a hundred lumens…..Which is about 94 lumens too many for the task in a small airplane at night. I mean, I had 2 lights with me that have both red and white light which are what I would have considered “low output” (and they were too bright by a factor of 10), and one additional light that is like looking at the sun……
But in a small plane at 4500 feet, trying to look outside and compare what I see below and read a sectional chart, one needs a lumen count in the single digits, not one with 3 zeros to the left of the decimal…..
And now I gotta go find a decent LOW output penlight or headlamp.
Pilots: any suggestions?