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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Aircraft Performance

Do you know what makes your airplane tick?


  1. 1) A single engine aircraft at max gross weight will have a climb rate of _______ at its service ceiling.
    Ant1_G

    A single-engine plane will climb at 100 FPM, max gross weight, clean configuration, at its service ceiling.

    A single-engine plane will climb at 100 FPM, max gross weight, clean configuration, at its service ceiling.

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  2. 2) An aircraft with an aft CG requires _______ than the same aircraft with a forward CG.
    taytomFFM

    An aft CG requires less tail-down force. Because of that, the aircraft produces less drag, and has better performance.

    An aft CG requires less tail-down force. Because of that, the aircraft produces less drag, and has better performance.

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  3. 3) Which of these factors has the greatest effect on density altitude?
    SegFault

    Temperature has the greatest effect on density altitude, followed by barometric pressure, and finally, humidity.

    Temperature has the greatest effect on density altitude, followed by barometric pressure, and finally, humidity.

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  4. 4) You're flying a cross country from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure. If you don't reset your altimeter, your plane will be _____ than the indicated altitude on your altimeter.
    Spaudo

    "High to low, look out below". You'll be lower than your altimeter indicates.

    "High to low, look out below". You'll be lower than your altimeter indicates.

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  5. 5) An aircraft in a constant altitude, 60 degree bank turn has a load factor of:
    sdilullo

    A 60 degree turn is often called a '2 G turn'.

    A 60 degree turn is often called a '2 G turn'.

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  6. 6) As weight decreases, maneuvering speed (Va):
    Ian Petchenik

    As weight decreases, so does Va.

    As weight decreases, so does Va.

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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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