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Can You Pass This IFR Preflight Walk Around?

First things first...


  1. 1) You're going on an IFR flight. You check the aircraft logbook, and the last time the VOR was checked was on February 23rd. Today is March 8th. Can the VOR be used for primary navigation on this flight?
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    91.171 specifies that for IFR flight using the VOR system for navigation, the VOR must have been check and found to be within the operable limits within the past 30 days. 

    91.171 specifies that for IFR flight using the VOR system for navigation, the VOR must have been check and found to be within the operable limits within the past 30 days. 

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  2. 2) The transponder inspection was completed today, March 8th 2017. When is the next transponder inspection due?
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    According to 91.413, the transponder inspection must be completed within the preceding 24 calendar months. So the next transponder inspection would need to be done by March 31st, 2019. 

    According to 91.413, the transponder inspection must be completed within the preceding 24 calendar months. So the next transponder inspection would need to be done by March 31st, 2019. 

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  3. 3) During preflight, you notice there isn't a magnetic deviation card near the compass. Is this a required placard?

    According to 23.1547, a placard that shows the calibration of the instrument needs to be on or near the magnetic direction indicator at all times. 

    According to 23.1547, a placard that shows the calibration of the instrument needs to be on or near the magnetic direction indicator at all times. 

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  4. 4) You sump the wings, and the fuel is a light straw (yellow) color. What grade of fuel is this?

    Jet A is either clear or a light straw yellow color. It also means if you're flying an avgas piston aircraft, you've got the wrong fuel in the tanks. 

    Jet A is either clear or a light straw yellow color. It also means if you're flying an avgas piston aircraft, you've got the wrong fuel in the tanks. 

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  5. 5) You inspect the left landing gear and notice liquid dripping from the hydraulic line for the brakes. What color is it?
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    Hydraulic fluid is red. 

    Hydraulic fluid is red. 

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  6. 6) You check the aircraft lights and they're all operable, except the landing light. Because this flight is IFR, is the landing light required? (the flight isn't being operated for hire)
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    As long as the aircraft is not operated for hire, 91.205 doesn't require a landing light. 

    As long as the aircraft is not operated for hire, 91.205 doesn't require a landing light. 

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, Certified Flight Instructor and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. He has been flying since 16 years old, and is pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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