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Maybe you give me a clue.

Everytime I want to fly this plane during night session starting from an airport in GA section (so in 99% no external lighting) I'm not able to get battery switch ON, because of total darkness, so have to change for a while time to 11:00am for example turn battery on and lights and move back to real night time.

Of course I know I can map the battery button to a key, but is there any other solution? I also think the night lights inside the plane are not sufficient.

Any comments here guys?

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As stated, map the flashlight toggle to a button. You can have either red or white light. The red is just enough to show you the button outlines. That's what I use, since you can't feel the buttons with your fingers, obviously, and the red is minimally invasive.

Also, you can turn on the Access light, which gives a medium amount of light in cabin, less than the Cabin light. In real life would probably mess up your night adjusted sight though. 

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7 hours ago, Wyskass said:

In real life would probably mess up your night adjusted sight though. 

Yep, always used the old aviation flashlight (red or green) at night in real life.  By the way, an aviation flashlight is an ordinary flashlight with the word "aviation" in front.  That way, it's more expensive.

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1 hour ago, oldflyguy said:

Yep, always used the old aviation flashlight (red or green) at night in real life.  By the way, an aviation flashlight is an ordinary flashlight with the word "aviation" in front.  That way, it's more expensive.

It needs to pass FAA inspection and be certified for use above 14000 ft, not cause radio interference nor fire hazard, so it's understandably expensive.

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On 4/16/2021 at 12:16 PM, Wyskass said:

It needs to pass FAA inspection and be certified for use above 14000 ft, not cause radio interference nor fire hazard, so it's understandably expensive.

My C182Q was not certified for use above 14,000'.  Or at least we couldn't get there with 4 passengers and luggage.  Tried to go over the top of the KORD Bravo coming back from Oshkosh.  Couldn't get there...LOL! :D

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