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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Instrument Checkride Questions?

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  1. 1) You are flying into Jacksonville, Florida (KJAX). You end up having to go missed because of low visibility. Your filed alternate is St. Augustine (KSGJ). What are the minimums needed in order to shoot the ILS 31?
    View KSGJ ILS Runway 31 Approach Chart

    The weather needs to be at or above the minimums specified for the ILS 31 approach. When you're flying to an alternate, minimums are always what's prescribed for the approach. Filing alternate minimums are different, and are based on standard or non-standard filing minimums when the weather is low.

    The weather needs to be at or above the minimums specified for the ILS 31 approach. When you're flying to an alternate, minimums are always what's prescribed for the approach. Filing alternate minimums are different, and are based on standard or non-standard filing minimums when the weather is low.

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  2. 2) You review your logbook to determine if you are IFR current and you see the following. Are you current to act as PIC on an IFR flight on 7/31/16?

    Since you've flown 6 approaches within the preceding 6 calendar months (plus holding, and tracking and intercepting), you're able to act as PIC for the flight.

    Since you've flown 6 approaches within the preceding 6 calendar months (plus holding, and tracking and intercepting), you're able to act as PIC for the flight.

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  3. 3) You check the aircraft logbooks and notice that the VOR hasn't been checked within the preceding 30 days, so you conduct a ground test between your two VORs. What is the maximum allowable variation between the two?

    FAR 91.171 states that the maximum permissible variation between the two VORs on the same indicated bearing is +/- 4 degrees.

    FAR 91.171 states that the maximum permissible variation between the two VORs on the same indicated bearing is +/- 4 degrees.

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  4. 4) You are on final approach for the ILS Runway 01 in Tampa, Florida. You are 100 feet from the published DA when you start to see the approach lights. This allows you to...
    View Tampa ILS 01 Approach Chart

    When you see the approach lights, you can descend to 100' above touchdown zone elevation.

    When you see the approach lights, you can descend to 100' above touchdown zone elevation.

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  5. 5) Your examiner pulls out an enroute chart and asks you what this number is. You tell them it's a...

    This number is an OROCA or an Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitude. It provides 1,000' vertical separation in non-mountainous terrain and 2,000' in mountainous terrain above the highest elevation figure in the quadrant it is located in.

    This number is an OROCA or an Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitude. It provides 1,000' vertical separation in non-mountainous terrain and 2,000' in mountainous terrain above the highest elevation figure in the quadrant it is located in.

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  6. 6) You are departing from Ashwaubenon (KGRB) in Green Bay, WI. Clearance delivery reads you back your IFR clearance and says:

    "Cessna 733RT, you are cleared to General Mitchell International airport as filed, climb and maintain 7,000', departure frequency is 126.55, Squawk 0423"

    You are on your filed route of V217 approaching LEWKO and climbing through 5,600' MSL when you have a total radio failure in IMC. What should you do?
    View Enroute Chart For KGRB

    When you have a radio failure, you follow the acronym "AVEF MEA" or Assigned, Vectored, Expected, Filed, Minimum Enroute Altitude, Expected, Assigned. The first portion designates the route to follow in order from A-F and the second half represents the altitude to maintain which is the highest of the three. Because you were told to fly your filed route, you may remain on V217. Next, because the highest of the the three altitude is the assigned altitude, you will maintain 7,000' MSL.

    When you have a radio failure, you follow the acronym "AVEF MEA" or Assigned, Vectored, Expected, Filed, Minimum Enroute Altitude, Expected, Assigned. The first portion designates the route to follow in order from A-F and the second half represents the altitude to maintain which is the highest of the three. Because you were told to fly your filed route, you may remain on V217. Next, because the highest of the the three altitude is the assigned altitude, you will maintain 7,000' MSL.

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Well, that was tough...

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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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