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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Airport Operations Questions?

How much do you really know about your airport?


  1. 1) What's the difference between a tetrahedron and a windsock?
    uark.edu

    That's right, tetrahedrons can be manually set to show the preferred runway. Wind socks obviously are not.

    Tetrahedrons can be manually set to show the preferred runway. Wind socks obviously are not.

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  2. 2) You're parked at the terminal at Rocky Mountain Metro airport, and ground control instructs you to taxi to runway 30L via Alpha and Echo. Even if runway 30R isn't being used, will ATC give you instructions to hold short and/or cross 30R?
    View Full Screen Airport Diagram

    That's right, according to 91.129, at Class D airports, ATC gives you instruction to cross runways one at a time. And, if you're crossing multiple runways, you need to cross 1 runway before you'll get instructions to cross the next one.

    According to 91.129, at Class D airports, ATC gives you instruction to cross runways one at a time. And, if you're crossing multiple runways, you need to cross 1 runway before you'll get instructions to cross the next one.

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  3. 3) Which of these is not an appropriate use of UNICOM?
    gc232

    You should never rely on the FBO to close your flight plan for you. You should always contact flight service yourself to close your flight plan. All three other possibilities are ok.

    You should never rely on the FBO to close your flight plan for you. You should always contact flight service yourself to close your flight plan. All three other possibilities are ok.

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  4. 4) Touchdown zone markers are spaced in _____ foot increments.
    JL Johnson | AviationGeek.net

    That's right, touchdown zone markers are spaced in 500 foot increments.

    Touchdown zone markers are spaced in 500 foot increments.

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  5. 5) Ground control tells you to hold short of the runway. What symbol are you looking for?

    Yep, the runway hold short symbol is an alternating yellow and black marking.

    The runway hold short symbol is an alternating yellow and black marking.

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  6. 6) What can you do in this area?
    FAA.gov

    That's right, you can taxi in a non-movement area without getting a taxi clearance from ground control.

    You can taxi in a non-movement area without getting a taxi clearance from ground control.

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

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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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