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Quiz: Do You Know These 6 IFR Regulations?

Who's ready for a regs quiz?!


  1. 1) You're getting ready for an IFR cross country. When you get to the airport, you check your logbook to make sure you've logged enough approaches to meet currency requirements. How many do you need to log in the preceding 6 months?
    Myles!

    According to 61.57(c)(1), you need to log 6 instrument approaches, holding procedures, and intercepting and tracking courses with navigational electronic systems.

    According to 61.57(c)(1), you need to log 6 instrument approaches, holding procedures, and intercepting and tracking courses with navigational electronic systems.

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  2. 2) You've determined that you logged enough approaches to go flying, but you'll land at your destination at night, and you're not night landing current. You're also carrying passengers. Can you take the flight?
    vissago

    Regardless of instrument currency, you still need the landing currency outlined in 61.57.

    Regardless of instrument currency, you still need the landing currency outlined in 61.57.

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  3. 3) If you're completing your instrument experience tasks (approaches, holding, etc.) in an airplane, when do you need to perform them?

    You can complete your instrument experience day or night.

    You can complete your instrument experience day or night.

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  4. 4) Which of these instruments does your plane NOT need for an IFR flight?
    Roger Smith

    According to 91.205, you'll need everything listed here except a vertical speed indicator. 

    According to 91.205, you'll need everything listed here except a vertical speed indicator. 

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  5. 5) You're flying a VOR non-precision approach to a runway that has an approach lighting system (MALSR). You descend to the MDA, and you see the approach lights, but you do NOT see the runway. Can you descend?
    mathewpiatt

    According to 91.175(c)(3)(i), you can descend to 100 feet above TDZE on a precision or non-precision approach, as long as you are continuously in a position to land, have the required flight visibility, and you can see the approach lights.

    According to 91.175(c)(3)(i), you can descend to 100 feet above TDZE on a precision or non-precision approach, as long as you are continuously in a position to land, have the required flight visibility, and you can see the approach lights.

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  6. 6) Which of these things will NOT allow you to descend below DA/MDA and land on an instrument approach?
    Boldmethod

    According to 91.175(c)(3)(i), you can't use taxiway lights to descend and land on an instrument approach.

    According to 91.175(c)(3)(i), you can't use taxiway lights to descend and land on an instrument approach.

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Hey, not bad.

You scored %. We'll admit, this was a tough one. And you do know a thing or two about IFR regs.

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Not bad!

You scored %. We'll admit, this was a tough one. And you definitely know a thing or two about IFR regs.

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Nice work.

You scored %. We'll admit, this was a tough one. And you pretty much nailed 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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