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The Hardest VFR Quiz You'll Take This Week

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Can you make it through this flight?


  1. 1) You're taking a trip with friends, and they want to split the gas cost. Can you ask them to split the tie-down and parking fees, too?
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    Yep, FAR 61.113 (c) allows you to split airport expenditures equally (pro-rata).

    Yep, FAR 61.113 (c) allows you to split airport expenditures equally (pro-rata).

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  2. 2) You decide to fly your own plane for the trip. Can you ask your friends to pay $25 each to help cover the cost of your upcoming annual inspection?
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    You can't split maintenance costs, FAR 61.113 (c) only allows you to split direct costs.

    You can't split maintenance costs, FAR 61.113 (c) only allows you to split direct costs.

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  3. 3) You're unpacking your flight bag into the cockpit and realize you forgot your logbook at home. You do have your pilot certificate and medical. Can you fly?
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    That's right, private pilots don't need to carry their logbook when using their certificate.

    That's right, private pilots don't need to carry their logbook when using their certificate.

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  4. 4) While you're in cruise, you find an unforecast overcast cloud layer from 2000' to 3000' MSL covering 20 miles of your route. Can you cross over it at 5500' MSL? (you're not instrument rated.)
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    This is known as "VFR Over The Top," and is completely legal for a private pilot.  But, don't push the size of the layer, you could end up stuck over the clouds with nowhere to divert...

    This is known as "VFR Over The Top," and is completely legal for a private pilot.  But, don't push the size of the layer, you could end up stuck over the clouds with nowhere to divert...

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  5. 5) You're continuing on the cross country, and you're about to fly through an active MOA. Can you cross through (VFR)?

    That's right, you can cross through an active MOA without coordinating with ATC, but you need to be careful - military aircraft can be hard to see.  Flight following would be a good idea.

    That's right, you can cross through an active MOA without coordinating with ATC, but you need to be careful - military aircraft can be hard to see.  Flight following would be a good idea.

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  6. 6) You make it to your destination and decide to take a twilight flight. You'll be taking off before sunset, but landing after sunset, and your right nav light is out. The FBO has a replacement, but no mechanic to install it. Can you fix it yourself?
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    That's right, you can fix the nav light as preventive maintenance.

    That's right, you can fix the nav light as preventive maintenance.

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That was a tough flight...

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

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Not bad, you have most of this flight down.

You scored %. Nice work.

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Nailed it!

You scored %. Well done.

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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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