No medical PPSEL with IFR training flying as a Rec Pilot
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I have approval to fly into airspace with a tower and night flight as a private pilot. Now retired and flying and owning an experimental airplane. I am current with training, can I grandfather the rights of night flying? What about tower controlled airspace?

thank you for your thoughts

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@Eugene Yeo

Without a medical certificate, you cannot exercise any Recreational Pilot privileges at all.  See 14 CFR 61.23(a)(3).  If your plane meets the Light Sport criteria, and you hold a US drivers license, you could exercise Sport Pilot privileges in it, but while that would allow flying into tower-controlled airspace on the strength of your Private Pilot certificate, that would not include flying at night.  See 14 CFR 61.315c5.  AFAIK your only option to fly at night without getting a medical certificate would be to go the Basic Med route.  And unless your plane meets those LSA criteria, you cannot fly it at all without either a medical certificate or Basic Med.

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@Ronald Levy
Thanks Ron, my plane is an LSA. And yes Sport Pilot with driver license.

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@Eugene Yeo
Then no night flying unless you get a medical certificate or Basic Med, but you're good to go into any airspace that any other Pvt could enter.