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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Airport Operations

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  1. 1) When a control tower tells you to contact "ground point niner," what frequency should you call ground on?
    Linze Folkeringa

    Since the majority of ground control frequencies are in the 121.6-121.9 MHz bandwidth, many tower controllers use the abbreviation "ground point niner" when they want you to contact ground control on 121.9. 

    Since the majority of ground control frequencies are in the 121.6-121.9 MHz bandwidth, many tower controllers use the abbreviation "ground point niner" when they want you to contact ground control on 121.9. 

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  2. 2) You're flying your Citation X inside Denver's Class B at 9,000' MSL. What's the fastest you can fly?

    Since you're below 10,000' MSL, you're limited to 250 knots. However, Class B airspace doesn't specifically limit your airspeed. 

    Since you're below 10,000' MSL, you're limited to 250 knots. However, Class B airspace doesn't specifically limit your airspeed.

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  3. 3) Ground control instructs you to "taxi via Alpha, Charlie, cross Runway 17/35, and Delta." Do you need to stop for clearance at Runway 17/35's hold short lines before crossing the runway?
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    Taxi instructions start with the assigned runway, then specify the taxi route and any initial runway crossing and/or hold short instructions. You've been cleared to cross the runway.

    Taxi instructions start with the assigned runway, then specify the taxi route and any initial runway crossing and/or hold short instructions. You've been cleared to cross the runway.

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  4. 4) Why does Leaders Clear Lake (8Y6) appear as a hollow circle?

    A hollow circle indicates an airport with other than hard-surfaced runways (like grass or dirt), or an airport where all hard-surfaced runways are less than 1500' long.

    A hollow circle indicates an airport with other than hard-surfaced runways (like grass or dirt), or an airport where all hard-surfaced runways are less than 1500' long.

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  5. 5) Which runway at the Crewe Airport (W81) has a right traffic pattern?
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    Neither runway has a right traffic pattern at W81. The "*L" in the airport data block means the airport has lighting that is on request, pilot controlled, or part-time. The "33" in italics means that its single runway is at least 3,300 feet long.

    Neither runway has a right traffic pattern at W81. The "*L" in the airport data block means the airport has lighting that is on request, pilot controlled, or part-time. The "33" in italics means that its single runway is at least 3,300 feet long.

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  6. 6) Tower tells you to hold short of the runway. What marking are you looking for?

    You need to stop short of the hold-short sign.

    You need to stop short of the hold-short sign.

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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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