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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Instrument Weather Questions?

Ready for some IMC?

Davide Gabino

  1. 1) You're climbing through 18,000 feet in your Pilatus PC-12. According to this PIREP, what does it look like outside?

    According to the PIREP, SCT055-TOP070 means the clouds are scattered from 5500' to 7000'

    According to the PIREP, SCT055-TOP070 means the clouds are scattered from 5500' to 7000'

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  2. 2) What is the visibility forecast to be at 1000Z?

    According to the TAF, from 0700Z to 1200Z, the visibility is forecast to be greater than 6 statute miles (P6SM).

    According to the TAF, from 0700Z to 1200Z, the visibility is forecast to be greater than 6 statute miles (P6SM).

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  3. 3) You're planning a flight along the northern coast of Oregon at 2000Z. What weather should you expect?

    According to the Area Forecast, at 20Z, skies will be overcast at 4,000' and 14,000', with tops to FL230.

    According to the Area Forecast, at 20Z, skies will be overcast at 4,000' and 14,000', with tops to FL230.

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  4. 4) What weather phenomenon is expected in this SIGMET?

    According to the SIGMET, widespread dust storms are expected below 10,000' (WDSPR SD EXP BLW 100).

    According to the SIGMET, widespread dust storms are expected below 10,000' (WDSPR SD EXP BLW 100).

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  5. 5) What are the forecast winds for Great Falls (GTF) at 30,000 feet?

    According to the winds aloft forecast, "652260" means the winds are 150 degrees at 122 knots, and the temperature is minus 60 C. To get that answer, you subtract 50 from the first two digits, add 100 to the second two digits, and they equate to the direction/speed of the wind. Need a little more help with that? Check out our Aviation Weather online course for some really great details and quizzes on it...

    According to the winds aloft forecast, "652260" means the winds are 150 degrees at 122 knots, and the temperature is minus 60 C. To get that answer, you subtract 50 from the first two digits, add 100 to the second two digits, and they equate to the direction/speed of the wind. Need a little more help with that? Check out our Aviation Weather online course for some really great details and quizzes on it...

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  6. 6) What is the weather going to be at 1100Z?

    According to the TAF, beginning at 0700Z, skies will be overcast at 5500'.

    According to the TAF, beginning at 0700Z, skies will be overcast at 5500'.

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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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