Frankly, armed with this new knowledge, I am surprised that this training is not part of the aeronautical experience requirement for the Sport certificate. I can’t speak for other pilots, but my first attempts at each of the hood exercises were far from perfect. If I hadn’t received the required simulated instrument and night training, I’m certain that, as a VFR pilot in an accidental encounter with IMC conditions or miscalculated civil twilight, I’d have found trouble. Plus, though it’s not part of my nature to consider flirting with even marginal VFR, I’m now 120 percent certain to make sure to avoid such conditions. Yes, additional training means more time and money, but if sport pilots were to complete even an hour or so of both in an appropriately equipped airplane, I’d wager they’d agree the added aeronautical experience and knowledge was worth every penny.