Another trap for night VFR operations is — IFR weather. A bank of cloud along the route that would raise an alarm from many miles away in daylight can remain invisible at night until the airplane is surrounded by milky vapor. Then, even the dim, indistinct horizon becomes lost and the pilot is forced to rely solely on instruments. The shock of losing visual reference suddenly like that is often sufficient to induce a sense of panic, further eroding chances for a happy outcome. Having said all of that, it's also true that night flying can be hugely soul satisfying. With a full moon and clear star-studded skies, there can be no greater connection to the element we all love — the sky. From a practical point of view, the air is usually smoother at night, devoid of the effects of the sun heating the earth. Fewer airplanes are out flying, reducing the chances of collision, and even those fewer aircraft are often easier to spot with their strobes flashing and position lights glowing. So enjoy night flying, but take all available steps to enjoy it safely.