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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Instrument Checkride Questions?

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Could you pass an instrument checkride today?


  1. 1) You're going to depart Eagle County Airport. You've been instructed to taxi to runway 7, and you've been cleared for the Gypsum Five Departure, which requires a minimum climb gradient of 580 feet per nautical mile to 12,000'. Your climb groundspeed will be 90 knots. What is the minimum climb rate you need to maintain to 12,000'?
    View The Gypsum Five Departure Chart

    You got it. At 90 knots groundspeed, you are traveling 1.5 nautical miles every minute. If you multiply 580 FPNM x 1.5 nm per minute, you get a climb rate of 870 feet per minute.

    At 90 knots groundspeed, you are traveling 1.5 nautical miles every minute. If you multiply 580 FPNM x 1.5 nm per minute, you get a climb rate of 870 feet per minute.

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  2. 2) You're continuing on the Gypsum Five Departure from runway 7, you've just crossed the VAILE intersection, and you're turning left toward the Kremmling VOR. How many miles is it to Kremmling?
    View Gypsum Five Departure Chart

    You got it. The published distance from VAILE to the Kremmling VOR is 23 miles, and it's displayed in parentheses under the course line.

    You got it. The published distance from VAILE to the Kremmling VOR is 23 miles, and it's displayed in parentheses under the course line.

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  3. 3) Your planned cross country is to San Marcos, TX. The conditions at KHYI are forecast to be 1 1/4 SM visibility and 900' overcast ceilings at your arrival time. Assuming you need an alternate, how much reserve fuel will you need plan for after you reach the alternate airport?
    matthewpiatt

    According to 91.167, you'll need to plan 45 minutes of fuel at normal cruising speed after reaching the your alternate.

    According to 91.167, you'll need to plan 45 minutes of fuel at normal cruising speed after reaching the your alternate.

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  4. 4) You've crossed MANZA and you're inbound to Runway 17R. Are you currently left or right of course (assuming you're using a CDI with OBS)?
    View GFK LOC BC RWY 17R Approach Chart

    Because you have reverse sensing when you're inbound on a localizer back course with a CDI/OBS, you are currently left of course.

    Because you have reverse sensing when you're inbound on a localizer back course with a CDI/OBS, you are currently left of course.

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  5. 5) How often does your transponder need to be inspected for IFR flight?
    Derin Allard

    According to FAR 91.413, your transponder needs to be checked within the preceding 24 calendar months.

    According to FAR 91.413, your transponder needs to be checked within the preceding 24 calendar months.

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  6. 6) You're getting close the missed approach point on the Daytona LOC RWY 25R approach, and you spot the approach lights, but not the runway. How low can you descend?
    View KDAB ILS or LOC RWY 25R Chart

    You got it. You can descend to 100 feet above the touchdown zone when you see the approach lights, even on a non-precision approach.

    You can descend to 100 feet above the touchdown zone when you see the approach lights, even on a non-precision approach.

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Well, those were some tough checkride questions...

You scored % But look on the bright side, you have room for improvement!

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Solid work, you've got most of these checkride questions down.

You scored % Not bad.

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Congrats, you just aced your checkride.

You scored %. Looks like you'll have no problem passing an instrument checkride today.

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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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