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How Much Do You Know About Airports?

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By nature, to be a pilot you have to have an airport. As a student pilot, I felt like every time I looked in publications, including the sectional maps or the AF/D (among others) there was always something new and sometimes confusing. Mastering what many see as hieroglyphics on maps and charts isn't easy, just know that it WILL come with time and practice. How much do YOU know about airports? Find out!


  1. You're on a night cross country flight and notice a beacon flash "White-Yellow-Green." It is:

    Awesome! A heliport's beacon flashes "White-Yellow-Green."

    Incorrect. A heliport's beacon flashes "White-Yellow-Green."

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    Awesome! The "L" on an airport's description describes airport lighting.

    Incorrect. The "L" on an airport's description describes airport lighting.

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  3. How far away is Richmond International Airport from the City of Richmond?
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    KRIC A/FD Page

    Awesome!  The "6 E" indicates KRIC is six miles east of the center of the associated city (in this case, Richmond, VA).

    Incorrect.  The "6 E" indicates KRIC is six miles east of the center of the associated city (in this case, Richmond, VA).

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    Awesome! Airport 6C2 has a other than hard-surfaced runway (open circle), or a hard-surfaced runway less than 1,500' long. It is manned during normal hours, with fuel available (tick marks around the circle).

    Incorrect. Airport 6C2 has a other than hard-surfaced runway (open circle), or a hard-surfaced runway less than 1,500' long. It is manned during normal hours, with fuel available (tick marks around the circle).

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  5. Chesterfield Airport (KFCI) has a runway made of:
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    Awesome! Groved Asphalt. Runway 15/33 is 5500ft X 100ft, constructed with asphalt and grooved (ASPH-GRVD).

    Incorrect. Groved Asphalt. Runway 15/33 is 5500ft X 100ft, constructed with asphalt and grooved (ASPH-GRVD).

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  6. Where can you begin takeoff?
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    Awesome! You must taxi past the yellow demarcation bar before you can begin your takeoff roll.

    Incorrect. You must taxi past the yellow demarcation bar before you can begin your takeoff roll.

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    Awesome! A circled "F" stands for an ultralight airport on a sectional chart.

    Incorrect. A circled "F" stands for an ultralight airport on a sectional chart.

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Your Airport Knowledge: Private Pilot

Not bad - you got %. There's a reason it's called the 'license to learn', and with a little work you'll know airports like the back or your hand. Think you know more than your friends? Share and find out!

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Your Airport Knowledge: Commercial Pilot

Nicely done - you got %. You know quite a bit about airports, and you could get paid to fly to them! Think you know more than your friends? Share and find out!

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Your Airport Knowledge: Flight Instructor

Nicely done - you got %! You know airports like the back of your hand, and you can teach students everything about them with a blindfold on. Think you know more than your friends? Share and find out!

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Your Airport Knowledge: Chuck Yeager

Whoa - you got %! You know a thing or two about airports, including flying over them at Mach 1! Think you know more than your friends? Share and find out!

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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