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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Flight Instruments

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  1. 1) In a gyro-driven attitude indicator, if you rapidly accelerate with a level pitch attitude:

    As you rapidly accelerate, precession on the gyro can cause the pitch attitude to briefly increase a few degrees.  The change doesn't last long, though - the erecting systems quickly compensate.

    As you rapidly accelerate, precession on the gyro can cause the pitch attitude to briefly increase a few degrees.  The change doesn't last long, though - the erecting systems quickly compensate.

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  2. 2) You're making a constant rate climb. Which instruments are primary for pitch, bank, and power?
    alt-n-anela almanac

    In a stabilized climb at a constant rate your primary instrument for pitch would be your VSI because you would be pitching for a specific rate-of-climb.  For bank, your primary instrument would be your heading indicator because it gives the most direct indication of a deviation from a heading. Finally, the primary instrument for engine power would be the airspeed indicator.

    In a stabilized climb at a constant rate your primary instrument for pitch would be your VSI because you would be pitching for a specific rate-of-climb.  For bank, your primary instrument would be your heading indicator because it gives the most direct indication of a deviation from a heading. Finally, the primary instrument for engine power would be the airspeed indicator.

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  3. 3) Your static port is blocked. What indications will your VSI show?
    H. Michael Miley

    Because there is no static pressure for the instrument to sense a climb or a descent (trend and rate) it will show an indication of 0.

    Because there is no static pressure for the instrument to sense a climb or a descent (trend and rate) it will show an indication of 0.

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  4. 4) You are descending through FL180 and you forget to reset your altimeter to the current barometric pressure setting of 29.34. What will your altimeter read when reaching your actual DA of 864'?

    29.92 - 29.34 = 0.58 X 1000 = 580' + 864' = 1,444'. Remember the saying "High to Low, look out below" since you went from an a high pressure setting to a low pressure setting, your indicated altitude will be higher than your true altitude.

    29.92 - 29.34 = 0.58 X 1000 = 580' + 864' = 1,444'. Remember the saying "High to Low, look out below" since you went from an a high pressure setting to a low pressure setting, your indicated altitude will be higher than your true altitude.

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  5. 5) Which instrument relies off of the principle of precession?
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    The turn coordinator relies on the principle of precession in order to sense rate-of-turn and roll.

    The turn coordinator relies on the principle of precession in order to sense rate-of-turn and roll.

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  6. 6) Calibrated airspeed corrects indicated airspeed for:

    Calibrated airspeed corrects indicated airspeed for position and installation errors.  Equivalent airspeed (EAS) factors in compressibility (only an issue for high-speed aircraft), and true airspeed (TAS) factors in non-standard pressure and temperature.

    Calibrated airspeed corrects indicated airspeed for position and installation errors.  Equivalent airspeed (EAS) factors in compressibility (only an issue for high-speed aircraft), and true airspeed (TAS) factors in non-standard pressure and temperature.

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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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