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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Aircraft Systems Questions?

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  1. 1) You're sitting on the ramp, your altimeter is set to 29.67" Hg, and it reads 1000 feet. You pick up ATIS, and the latest altimeter setting is 30.17. You enter the new setting on your altimeter. What elevation does it read now?
    Basinbah

    Since you've increased the altimeter by .5 inches Hg, your indicated altitude will increase by 500 feet, and it will read 1,500'.

    Since you've increased the altimeter by .5 inches Hg, your indicated altitude will increase by 500 feet, and it will read 1,500'.

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  2. 2) Your friend asks you what 'angle of incidence' is. You answer:
    ErikBrouwer

    It's the angle between the wing's chord line and the aircraft's longitudinal axis.

    It's the angle between the wing's chord line and the aircraft's longitudinal axis.

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  3. 3) An engine turbocharger is driven by:
    pilot_micha

    A turbocharger is driven by exhaust gas.

    A turbocharger is driven by exhaust gas.

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  4. 4) You're climbing at 90 knots through an icing layer. Your pitot heat fails, and the pitot tube completely ices over, though your static ports remain open. If you continue climbing at 90 knots indicated, your aircraft will be flying:
    matthewpiatt

    The trapped static pressure in the pitot tube is now greater than the actual static pressure, and your airspeed indicator starts to speed up. You're now flying slower than indicated. The opposite happens if you descend.

    The trapped static pressure in the pitot tube is now greater than the actual static pressure, and your airspeed indicator starts to speed up. You're now flying slower than indicated. The opposite happens if you descend.

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  5. 5) What type of flap increases the wing's area when it is extended?
    Theodor Esenwein

    Fowler flaps increase the area of your wing by extending out on rails or tracks. Fowler flaps often have a series of slots to add energy to the airflow as well - they're called slotted-Fowler flaps.

    Fowler flaps increase the area of your wing by extending out on rails or tracks. Fowler flaps often have a series of slots to add energy to the airflow as well - they're called slotted-Fowler flaps.

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  6. 6) What flows through these lines?
    Tornado Alley Turbo

    These are fuel injector lines. Fuel flows from the distributor to each of the cylinders.

    These are fuel injector lines. Fuel flows from the distributor to each of the cylinders.

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Well, you have room for improvement!

You scored % Not bad, just keep working at your systems knowledge.

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Nice work, you've got most of these systems down.

You scored %. Well done.

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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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