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Quiz: 7 Questions To See How Much You Know About Airports

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  1. 1) You're flying into tower controlled airport during the day. When will ATC will turn on the beacon?
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    According to the AIM, there's no regulatory requirement to turn on the airport beacon when weather drops below VFR minimums. And, at many airports, the tower can't control the beacon - it's controlled by a photoelectric cell or a timer.  At airports where the tower can control the beacon, the ATC rulebook (FAA Order 7110.65) requires tower controllers to turn on the beacon between sunrise and sunset anytime the weather drops below basic VFR minimums.  So, since you don't know if the tower can control the beacon at an airport, you should use the latest weather observation to determine if the field's IFR - not the beacon.

    According to the AIM, there's no regulatory requirement to turn on the airport beacon when weather drops below VFR minimums. And, at many airports, the tower can't control the beacon - it's controlled by a photoelectric cell or a timer.  At airports where the tower can control the beacon, the ATC rulebook (FAA Order 7110.65) requires tower controllers to turn on the beacon between sunrise and sunset anytime the weather drops below basic VFR minimums.  So, since you don't know if the tower can control the beacon at an airport, you should use the latest weather observation to determine if the field's IFR - not the beacon.

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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) You're flying into Boggs, and you notice that the 122.725 frequency is in italics. What is it?

    This is the UNICOM frequency, which at some non-towered airports may be different than the CTAF frequency.

    This is the UNICOM frequency, which at some non-towered airports may be different than the CTAF frequency.

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

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

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

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  5. 5) What is "local airport advisory" service?

    Flight service stations provide airport advisory services if they're on field (Local Airport Advisory) or via a remote outlet for certain airports (Remote Airport Advisory). This service includes general weather conditions (ATIS) and updates on known traffic.

    Flight service stations provide airport advisory services if they're on field (Local Airport Advisory) or via a remote outlet for certain airports (Remote Airport Advisory). This service includes general weather conditions (ATIS) and updates on known traffic.

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  6. 6) You're flying into Kenmare (7K5). Why is the airport shown in a solid circle?

    The longest runway is less than 8069'.

    The longest runway is less than 8069'.

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  7. 7) Why is there a star next to the tower control frequency (118.25) for St. Cloud?

    A star next to the control tower frequency means the tower operates part-time.

    A star next to the control tower frequency means the tower operates part-time.

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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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