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Quiz: Can You Identify These 6 Common VFR Chart Symbols?

Test your piloting skills!


  1. 1) You are on the ground at Paine Co. (KPAE) ready to depart to the east toward Wenatchee (KEAT). What is the order of airspace above you?

    Class Delta (SFC-3,100ft MSL), Echo (3,101ft MSL - 5,999ft MSL), Bravo (6,000ft MSL - 7,000ft MSL), Echo (7,001ft MSL - 17,999ft MSL), Alpha (FL180-FL600)

    Class Delta (SFC-3,100ft MSL), Echo (3,101ft MSL - 5,999ft MSL), Bravo (6,000ft MSL - 7,000ft MSL), Echo (7,001ft MSL - 17,999ft MSL), Alpha (FL180-FL600)

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  2. 2) Just south of Paine Co., what is significant about Kenmore's Seaplane base compared to the seaplane bases just southwest of it?

    Kenmore's seaplane base has fuel located on site. The tick marks around the basic airport symbol indicate that fuel is available and the airport is tended during normal working hours (Monday through Friday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. local time).

    Kenmore's seaplane base has fuel located on site. The tick marks around the basic airport symbol indicate that fuel is available and the airport is tended during normal working hours (Monday through Friday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. local time).

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  3. 3) You departed and are headed east. You are overflying Baring. Why is the altitude listed just to the southwest of it in bold blue?

    The Maximum Elevation Figure (MEF) represents the highest elevation within a quadrant, including terrain and other vertical obstacles (towers, trees, etc.). A quadrant on Sectionals is the area bounded by ticked lines dividing each 30 minutes of latitude and each 30 minutes of longitude. MEF figures are rounded up to the nearest 100' value and the last two digits of the number are not shown.

    The Maximum Elevation Figure (MEF) represents the highest elevation within a quadrant, including terrain and other vertical obstacles (towers, trees, etc.). A quadrant on Sectionals is the area bounded by ticked lines dividing each 30 minutes of latitude and each 30 minutes of longitude. MEF figures are rounded up to the nearest 100' value and the last two digits of the number are not shown.

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  4. 4) You are still flying on a southeastern heading as you pass Mt. Stuart. What is the blue dotted line surrounding the peak?

    This border designates a wilderness area. The FAA requests (but doesn't require) you to fly at least 2,000 feet above the ground in wilderness areas.

    This border designates a wilderness area. The FAA requests (but doesn't require) you to fly at least 2,000 feet above the ground in wilderness areas.

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  5. 5) You are just northwest of Wenatchee (KEAT) approaching the field. Why is there a dashed magenta line surrounding the airport?

    Airports that are surrounded by a dashed magenta line designate that Class E airspace is to the surface.

    Airports that are surrounded by a dashed magenta line designate that Class E airspace is to the surface.

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  6. 6) Which runways at Wenatchee (KEAT) have nonstandard traffic patterns?

    Runways 7 and 12 have right traffic patterns, as denoted on the section "RP 7, 12"

    Runways 7 and 12 have right traffic patterns, as denoted on the section "RP 7, 12"

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Those were some tough questions...

You scored %. And you learned quite a bit along the way.

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Not bad, you have most of these symbols down.

You scored %. Nice work.

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You pretty much aced these questions. Nice work.

You scored %. Well done.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, Certified Flight Instructor and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. He has been flying since 16 years old, and is pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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