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The Hardest IFR Quiz You'll Take This Week

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  1. 1) You are traveling east on V244 approaching the Coaldale (OAL) VOR, and you're in radar contact. Considering the Coaldale VOR is a compulsory reporting point, do you need to make a position report?

    Compulsory reporting points are located in areas where radar contact may be lost. In the event where radar contact is lost, you must make a position report at the compulsory reporting point. But if ATC doesn't tell you that radar contact is lost, you are not required to make a position report.

    Compulsory reporting points are located in areas where radar contact may be lost. In the event where radar contact is lost, you must make a position report at the compulsory reporting point. But if ATC doesn't tell you that radar contact is lost, you are not required to make a position report.

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  2. 2) For Category 1 approaches, at least one of several visual references for the intended runway must be visible and identifiable to go below DA/MDA. Which of the following is NOT one of those items?
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    According to 91.175, if you see any one of these, except for the runway hold short lines, you can descend from DA/MDA for landing on the approach. Assuming, of course, you have the required flight visibility, and you're in a continuous position to land.

    According to 91.175, if you see any one of these, except for the runway hold short lines, you can descend from DA/MDA for landing on the approach. Assuming, of course, you have the required flight visibility, and you're in a continuous position to land.

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  3. 3) You're in IMC and you start to notice your instruments are displaying erroneous indications. You suspect a static port blockage. What indications will you get on your instruments if you have a static blockage?
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    Your airspeed indicator will function but will read inaccurately. The altimeter will read the altitude at which the blockage occurred and the the VSI will indicate zero.

    Your airspeed indicator will function but will read inaccurately. The altimeter will read the altitude at which the blockage occurred and the the VSI will indicate zero.

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  4. 4) You're enroute to your destination, you listen to ATIS and the airport is below minimums for every approach. You divert to your alternate, which has an ILS approach. What minimums must exist to fly the approach at your alternate?
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    For planning and filing, the minimums must be 800' ceilings and 2 SM visibility for non-precision approaches, and 600' ceilings and 2 SM visibility for precision approaches. However, since you are in-flight, you are only required to meet the minimum criteria listed for the specific approach you choose to fly.

    For planning and filing, the minimums must be 800' ceilings and 2 SM visibility for non-precision approaches, and 600' ceilings and 2 SM visibility for precision approaches. However, since you are in-flight, you are only required to meet the minimum criteria listed for the specific approach you choose to fly.

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  5. 5) Where would you most likely find a TAA (Terminal Arrival Area), and what does it provide?
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    A TAA or Terminal Arrival Area is found usually on GPS approaches. As long as you are at the prescribed distance and altitude, they provide 1,000' of obstacle clearance in non-mountainous terrain and 2,000' of obstacle clearance in mountainous terrain.

    A TAA or Terminal Arrival Area is found usually on GPS approaches. As long as you are at the prescribed distance and altitude, they provide 1,000' of obstacle clearance in non-mountainous terrain and 2,000' of obstacle clearance in mountainous terrain.

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  6. 6) You're instructed to enter a random hold assigned by ATC. You're currently at 16,000' MSL. How long should your inbound leg be?
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    Because you are above 14,000 ft MSL, your inbound leg should be extended to a minute and a half.

    Because you are above 14,000 ft MSL, your inbound leg should be extended to a minute and a half.

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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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