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Quiz: How Well Do You Know These IFR Rules?

Everyone wants to fly through the clouds...


  1. 1) You get your weather briefing, and there's an AIRMET ZULU issued for your route of flight. What weather should you expect?
    Stem - 1 sandy.redding

    That's right, AIRMET ZULU is issued for moderate icing.

    That's right, AIRMET ZULU is issued for moderate icing.

    1. 1 - Turbulence
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    2. 1 - TS
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    3. 1 - IFR
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    1. 1 - Icing
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    2. 1 - Wind
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    3. 1 - Hail
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  2. 2) You're looking through the VOR equipment log to make sure your VORs have been checked and are ready for your IFR flight. How recent does the previous VOR check need to be?
    Stem - 2 James Jones

    Yep, VOR checks need to be completed in the previous 30 days.

    Yep, VOR checks need to be completed in the previous 30 days.

    1. 2 - 7 days
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    2. 2 - 15 days
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    3. 2 - 30 days
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    1. 2 - 45 days
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    2. 2 - 45 days
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    3. 2 - 90 days
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  3. 3) You're flying under IFR into a Class B airport. Do you need to establish two-way radio communication with the control tower before entering Class B airspace?
    Stem - 3 Doug

    Nope, you don't need to establish two-way radio communication with the control tower to enter Class B airspace under IFR.

    Nope, you don't need to establish two-way radio communication with the control tower to enter Class B airspace under IFR.

    1. 3 - Yes
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    2. 3 - No
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    3. 3 - Dont know
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  4. 4) If you're flying this ILS approach, what is the lowest you can go (MSL) before you see the approach lights or runway environment?
    Stem - 4

    That's right, the lowest you can go is 232' MSL before you see the approach lights or runway environment.

    That's right, the lowest you can go is 232' MSL before you see the approach lights or runway environment.

    1. 4 - 29 feet
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    2. 4 - 100 feet
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    3. 4 - 200 feet
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    1. 4 - 232 feet
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    2. 4 - 500 feet
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    3. 4 - 1040 feet
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  5. 5) You're flying an ILS approach. You look at your CDI and see this. Are you high or low on glide slope?
    Stem 5 v2

    Watch out - you're low on glide slope.

    Watch out - you're low on glide slope.

    1. 5 - High
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    2. 5 - Low
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  6. 6) You go missed on this localizer back-course approach. Once you cross the localizer, will you have reverse sensing or correct sensing? (Using a CDI with OBS)
    Stem - 6

    Yep, you will continue to have reverse sensing on the back-course missed approach.

    Yep, you will continue to have reverse sensing on the back-course missed approach.

    1. 6 - Reverse
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    2. 6 - Correct
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    3. 6 - Cant
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Well, that wasn't too bad...

You scored %. Spend some time studying up on the FARs and you'll be ready for IFR flying in no time.


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Well, that was some nice work...

You scored % Looks like you've got this IFR stuff pretty much under control.


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Well done.

You scored % You know IFR rules inside and out, and you just proved it.


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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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