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Quiz: Do You Know The Answer To These 6 VFR Flight Scenarios?

Can you answer these 6 scenarios?


  1. 1) You want to take your friends up for a night flight to tour the city in your Cessna 172. In the past 90 days, you've logged 4 night touch-and-go landings and 2 night full-stop landings in your plane. Can you take your friends on the flight?
    Dan Tentler

    You got it. To meet night takeoff and landing experience (61.57(b)), you need to make at least 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop between 1 hour after and 1 hour before sunrise. Since you've only performed 2 night landings to a full stop, you're not night current to carry passengers.

    Nice try. To meet night takeoff and landing experience (61.57(b)), you need to make at least 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop between 1 hour after and 1 hour before sunrise. Since you've only performed 2 night landings to a full stop, you're not night current to carry passengers.

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  2. 2) Several months later, you want to take your friends up for a daytime flight in an SR22. In the past 90 days, you've logged 2 night full-stop landings, and 1 night touch-and-go. Can you take your friends on the day flight?
    Geoff Collins

    You got it. For daytime currency, landings do not need to be made to a full stop (61.57(a)). In addition, night landings count toward daytime currency - 61.57(a) doesn't specify a time landings need to be accomplished.

    Nice try. For daytime currency, landings do not need to be made to a full stop (61.57(a)). In addition, night landings count toward daytime currency - 61.57(a) doesn't specify a time landings need to be accomplished.

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  3. 3) You've been flying a Piper Seminole (multi-engine aircraft) for flight training, and you've logged 37 daytime landings in the past 90 days. Can you take friends on a daytime Cirrus SR22 (single-engine aircraft) flight based on the multi-engine landings you've logged?
    ajmexico

    You got it. 61.57 (a)(ii) says that your takeoffs and landings need to be performed in an aircraft with the same category, class, and type (if type rating is required). Since you've logged landings an "Airplane, multi-engine land" and an SR22 is an "Airplane, single-engine land", you're landings don't count. You'll need to log three landings in the SR22 before taking up passengers.

    Nice try. 61.57 (a)(ii) says that your takeoffs and landings need to be performed in an aircraft with the same category, class, and type (if type rating is required). Since you've logged landings an "Airplane, multi-engine land" and an SR22 is an "Airplane, single-engine land", you're landings don't count. You'll need to log three landings in the SR22 before taking up passengers.

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  4. 4) You got your 3rd class medical today, which also happens to be your 39th birthday (happy birthday!). In addition to the remainder of this month, how long is your 3rd class medical valid?

    You got it. As long as you haven't reached your 40th birthday on the date of your medical exam, your 3rd class medical is good for the remainder of this months, plus 60 calendar months (5 years).

    Nice try. As long as you haven't reached your 40th birthday on the date of your medical exam, your 3rd class medical is good for the remainder of this months, plus 60 calendar months (5 years).

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  5. 5) You've been hired as a ferry pilot, and you'll be delivering aircraft all over the country. What's the lowest class medical certificate you need for the job?
    Jens

    You got it. To operate as a commercial pilot, you'll need at least a 2nd class medical certificate.

    Nice try. To operate as a commercial pilot, you'll need at least a 2nd class medical certificate.

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  6. 6) You passed your Private Pilot checkride today (congrats!). When will you need your first flight review to continue acting as PIC?
    Simon Allardice

    You got it. According to FAR 61.56, you can't act as PIC unless you've had a flight review (and endorsement) within 24 calendar months. There are a some exceptions if you get additional certificates and ratings along the way - all of which are listed under FAR 61.56.

    Nice try. According to FAR 61.56, you can't act as PIC unless you've had a flight review (and endorsement) within 24 calendar months. There are a some exceptions if you get additional certificates and ratings along the way - all of which are listed under FAR 61.56.

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Well, that wasn't very easy...

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You've got most of these scenarios down...

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Well, it looks like you're pretty much an expert with these scenarios.

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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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