Vision and Night Flying

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Essay Vision and Night Flying

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An examination of the nature and function of visual perception and its role and significance in night flight, focusing on autokinesis (visual illusions).

This study examined visual perception issues associated with night flying. While several visual perception issues were examined, an important focus was placed on the issue of autokinesis.

Autokinesis and other visual perception issues associated with night flying are elements of the broader concept of spatial perception. Spatial perception involves the ability to estimate depth or distance between points in one’s field of vision. The human eye is optimized for daylight vision. At night, human vision is much less acute than in the daylight. Depth perception, which is of critical importance during the landing of a…

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