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Quiz: Are These IFR Scenarios Right Or Wrong?

Right or wrong? You decide.


  1. 1) You're checking out the maintenance logs before your IFR flight, and you see that your ELT was inspected 16 months ago. Since the ELT needs to be inspected every 24 months, you're good to go. Is this right or wrong?
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    According to FAR 91.207, your ELT needs to be inspected within 12 calendar months.

    According to FAR 91.207, your ELT needs to be inspected within 12 calendar months.

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  2. 2) You're checking the weather for your arrival into KBLD at 1030Z, and you see that the visibility is forecast to be greater than 6 SM, with ceilings overcast at 400 feet. Is this right or wrong?

    From 0700Z to 1259Z, the forecast visibility is 1/4SM, with fog and ceilings broken at 200 feet, and overcast at 5500 feet.

    From 0700Z to 1259Z, the forecast visibility is 1/4SM, with fog and ceilings broken at 200 feet, and overcast at 5500 feet.

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  3. 3) As you head to the airplane, you check your logbook to make sure you're IFR current. You've logged your approaches, holding, and intercepting/tracking in an airplane. But you haven't logged any unusual attitude recoveries in the past six months. According to 61.57 (c), you don't need to log unusual attitude recoveries, so you're ok to take the flight. Is this right or wrong?
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    61.57 (c) requires you to log 6 approaches, holding, and intercepting and tracking courses with navigation systems. It doesn't require unusual attitude recoveries, so you're good to go.

    61.57 (c) requires you to log 6 approaches, holding, and intercepting and tracking courses with navigation systems. It doesn't require unusual attitude recoveries, so you're good to go.

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  4. 4) You're making sure your VORs have been checked for your IFR flight. You look at the logs, and they were last checked 19 days ago. Since they only need to be checked within the preceding 30 days, you're good to go. Is this right or wrong?

    According to FAR 91.171, your VOR needs to be checked within the preceding 30 days for IFR flight, so you're good to go.

    According to FAR 91.171, your VOR needs to be checked within the preceding 30 days for IFR flight, so you're good to go.

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  5. 5) You've been instructed by ATC to hold over CASSE South as published. You're approaching CASSE on a 190 degree bearing, and you plan to use a direct entry for the hold. Is this right or wrong?

    Since you're approaching from the north on the protected side of the hold, you should use a parallel entry. Check out the diagram below. Keep it mind you can use any entry you want as long as you stay within the protected area, but parallel is what's recommended for this type of entry.

    Since you're approaching from the north on the protected side of the hold, you should use a parallel entry. Check out the diagram below. Keep it mind you can use any entry you want as long as you stay within the protected area, but parallel is what's recommended for this type of entry.

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  6. 6) You've been cleared for the ILS RWY 16L. Your copilot asks you what the published glideslope intercept altitude is, and you tell them it's 6,000 feet MSL. Is this right or wrong?

    The lightning bolt identifies the glideslope intercept altitude. The intersection is called the Precise Final Approach fix (PFAF). But, if ATC directs a higher altitude, that intercept becomes the PFAF.

    The lightning bolt identifies the glideslope intercept altitude. The intersection is called the Precise Final Approach fix (PFAF). But, if ATC directs a higher altitude, that intercept becomes the PFAF.

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Well, those were some tough questions...

You scored %. Not bad.

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Nice work, you have most of these scenarios down.

You scored %. Well done.

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Nailed it!

You scored %. Looks like you pretty much know it all.

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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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