This pilot’s abilities are tested to the limit as he faces a serious situation trying to land at night with an electrical failure on his Cessna 172. Most airplanes are designed in such a way that all major systems (such as primary flight controls and engine(s) will continue to function fine in the event of an electrical failure. In fact, many airplanes that do not need to operate near controlled airspace, do not have electrical systems at all. However, things like radios, lights, transponders, electronic flaps, and so on, are obviously going to be unavailable in the event of an electrical failure, so it is a serious if not dire situation, especially at night.
Pilot Flying With Total Electrical Failure at Night