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7 Questions To Test Your Skills On Airport Ops

The weather is heating up, and airports everywhere are getting busy. Check out your airport operation skills with this quiz...


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

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

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    Awesome! The longest runway is less than 8069'.

    Incorrect. The longest runway is less than 8069'.

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

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

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    Awesome! Princeton FSS is located on the field.

    Incorrect. Princeton FSS is located on the field.

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

    Incorrect. 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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  6. 6) What is "Airport Advisory Service?"

    Awesome! 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 Final Guard weather reports, general weather conditions (ATIS) and updates on known traffic.

    Incorrect. 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 Final Guard weather reports, general weather conditions (ATIS) and updates on known traffic.

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  7. 7) At tower controlled airports during the day, ATC will turn on the beacon:

    Awesome! 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.

    Incorrect. 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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Aleks Udris

Aleks is a Boldmethod co-founder and technical director. He's worked in safety and operations in the airline industry, and was a flight instructor and course manager for the University of North Dakota. You can reach him at aleks@boldmethod.com.

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