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Quiz: Can You Answer These 7 Private Pilot Checkride Questions?

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  1. 1) What are the 4 lights to the left of the runway called?
    Geoffrey Gallaway

    These are called PAPI, or Precision Approach Path Indicator lights.

    These are called PAPI, or Precision Approach Path Indicator lights.

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  2. 2) You're flying a night cross country, and you're trying to locate the airport beacon for your destination, which is a civilian airport. What colors will the beacon be?
    Chris Saulit

    A civilian airport beacon is alternating green/white.

    A civilian airport beacon is alternating green/white.

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  3. 3) You're flying into Santa Barbara to land, and you're within 2 miles of the airport at 1000 feet AGL. What's the maximum speed you can fly?

    When you are within 4 nautical miles and 2500' of the surface of a Class C airport, you are speed restricted to 200 knots.

    When you are within 4 nautical miles and 2500' of the surface of a Class C airport, you are speed restricted to 200 knots.

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  4. 4) Can you, as a non-instrument rated private pilot, use a Special VFR clearance?
    Armando G Alonso

    Yes, but only between sunrise and sunset.

    You can, but only between sunrise and sunset.

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  5. 5) What's the minimum weather needed for Special VFR?
    Maurizio Pucci

    1 sm vis, clear of clouds.

    1 sm vis, clear of clouds.

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  6. 6) What happens to air temperature as it passes through the Venturi of a carburetor?
    Wikipedia

    It gets colder, because the air speeds up and pressure decreases. Because it cools, carburetors are susceptible to carb icing.

    It gets colder, because the air speeds up and pressure decreases. Because it cools, carburetors are susceptible to carb icing.

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  7. 7) What's the purpose of differential ailerons?
    davedehetre

    They reduce adverse yaw.

    They reduce adverse yaw.

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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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