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Could You Pass An Instrument Checkride Today?

Could you pass your checkride today?


  1. 1) You're departing Eagle County Airport, and you've been instructed to taxi to runway 7. You're cleared IFR via the Gypsum Five Departure, which requires a minimum climb gradient of 580 feet per nautical mile to 12,000'. Your climb groundspeed will be 90 knots. What is the minimum climb rate you need to maintain to 12,000'?
    View Gypsum Five Departure Chart

    At 90 knots groundspeed, you are traveling 1.5 nautical miles every minute. If you multiply 580 FPNM x 1.5 nm per minute, you get a climb rate of 870 feet per minute.

    At 90 knots groundspeed, you are traveling 1.5 nautical miles every minute. If you multiply 580 FPNM x 1.5 nm per minute, you get a climb rate of 870 feet per minute.

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  2. 2) You're now on the Gypsum Five Departure from runway 7. You've just crossed the VAILE intersection, and you're turning left toward the Kremmling VOR. How many miles is it to RLG?
    View Gypsum Five Departure Chart

    The published distance from VAILE to the Kremmling VOR is 23 miles, and it's displayed in parentheses under the course line.

    The published distance from VAILE to the Kremmling VOR is 23 miles, and it's displayed in parentheses under the course line.

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  3. 3) Your planned flight is to Carbon County, UT. The conditions at KPUC are forecast to be 1 1/4 SM visibility and 900' overcast ceilings at your arrival time. Assuming you need an alternate, how much reserve fuel will you need plan for after you reach the alternate airport?
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    According to 91.167, you'll need to plan 45 minutes of fuel at normal cruising speed after reaching the your alternate.

    According to 91.167, you'll need to plan 45 minutes of fuel at normal cruising speed after reaching the your alternate.

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  4. 4) How often does your transponder need to be inspected for IFR flight?
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    According to 91.411, you need to get your transponder checked every 24 calendar months.

    According to 91.411, you need to get your transponder checked every 24 calendar months.

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  5. 5) Which of these instruments does your plane NOT need for IFR flight?
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    Out of all the instruments listed, VSI is the only one not required under FAR 91.205 for IFR flight.

    Out of all the instruments listed, VSI is the only one not required under FAR 91.205 for IFR flight.

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  6. 6) You're getting close the missed approach point on the LOC RWY 25R approach at Daytona Beach, and you spot the approach lights, but not the runway. How low can you descend?
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    View KDAB ILS or LOC RWY 25R Approach Chart

    You can descend to 100 feet above the touchdown zone when you see the approach lights, even on a non-precision approach.

    You can descend to 100 feet above the touchdown zone when you see the approach lights, even on a non-precision approach.

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Well, that was a tough checkride...

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Not bad, that checkride went fairly well.

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You pretty much nailed that checkride. Nice work.

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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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