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The Hardest VFR Quiz You'll Take This Week

If you're a VFR pilot, you probably know your cruising altitudes and airspace rules by heart. But - how about all of the unusual cases? Here's the hardest quiz on VFR operations you'll take all week.

  1. 1) VFR cruising altitudes are based on:

    Awesome! 91.159 specifies altitudes by magnetic course.

    Incorrect. 91.159 specifies altitudes by magnetic course.

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  2. 2) If your true course is 0 degrees and you're at 0 degrees of magnetic variation, what altitude should you fly?

    Awesome! FAR 91.159 specifies an odd altitude +500' on magnetic headings of 0 - 179 degrees.

    Incorrect. FAR 91.159 specifies an odd altitude +500' on magnetic headings of 0 - 179 degrees.

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  3. 3) FAR 91.159 specifies VFR cruising altitudes (even or odd +500) when you're:

    Awesome! FAR 91.159 specifies cruising altitudes for VFR flight above 3000' AGL.

    Incorrect. FAR 91.159 specifies cruising altitudes for VFR flight above 3000' AGL.

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  4. 4) In Class E Airspace, VFR weather requirements require 5 SM visibility when you're:

    Awesome! FAR 91.155 requires 5SM of visibility at and above 10,000' MSL.

    Incorrect. FAR 91.155 requires 5SM of visibility at and above 10,000' MSL.

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  5. 5) You're on the ground and see a flashing red light from the tower. That means:

    Awesome! FAR 91.125 requires you to taxi clear of the runway when you see a flashing red light from the tower and you're on the ground.

    Incorrect. FAR 91.125 requires you to taxi clear of the runway when you see a flashing red light from the tower and you're on the ground.

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  6. 6) Above what cabin pressure altitude must your passengers be provided supplemental oxygen?

    Awesome! FAR 91.211 requires you to provide passengers supplemental oxygen at cabin pressure altitudes above 15,000'.

    Incorrect. FAR 91.211 requires you to provide passengers with supplemental oxygen at cabin pressure altitudes above 15,000'.

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  7. 7) You're in Denver's Class B airspace at 11,500' MSL.  What's the fastest you can legally fly?

    Awesome!  FAR 91.117 doesn't set a limit when you're specifically inside Class B airspace. Since you're above 10,000' MSL, there's no speed restriction.

    Incorrect.  FAR 91.117 doesn't set a limit when you're specifically inside Class B airspace. Since you're above 10,000' MSL, there's no speed restriction.

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  8. 8) You're in Denver's Class B surface area at 7000' MSL (about 1500' AGL), but you're 3 NM away from Buckley Air Force Base, a towered Class D airport that borders Denver's Class B.  What's the fastest you can legally fly?

    Awesome! FAR 91.117 exempts you from Class C or D airspace rules when you're inside Class B airspace. Since you're below 10,000' MSL, you're limited to 250 kts.

    Incorrect. FAR 91.117 exempts you from Class C or D airspace rules when you're inside Class B airspace. Since you're below 10,000' MSL, you're limited to 250 kts.

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  9. 9) You're a non-instrument rated private pilot, and you want to practice some simulated instrument flight.  Can you do it?

    Awesome! You can practice simulated instrument flight - all you need is a safety pilot that meets the requirements of 91.109.

    Incorrect. You can practice simulated instrument flight - all you need is a safety pilot that meets the requirements of 91.109.

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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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