I agree with the others......must keep the camera very still. I do not have a remote but I use the timed shutter. One year ago I tried a very difficult night shot in Seattle (non-aviation). Take a look:
also see this one:
a whopping 15 seconds!
another 15 seconds, this time no tripod but I "macgyver'd" (I know, that's not really a word - you have to remember the tv show) a steady base:
Also, another example from just last week. On my site, click the "Louisville" shot. also with tripod:
Steady......is the key word with night shots. But it does take a certain amount of experimentation with exposures. My Louisville shot was 10 seconds at f13. I tried one at 15 seconds/f13 and it introduced more grain in the clouds also was a bit darker. I found that 10 seconds still gave me some definition in the clouds with whatever little sunlight remained.
[Edited 2003-08-15 08:35:46]