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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Mountain Flying Questions?

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Have you ever gone mountain flying? Let's see how much you know...


  1. 1) When you approach a mountain range from the upwind side, you'll typically experience a:

    You'll typically see a slight updraft, making the approach slightly less dangerous than approaching from the downwind side.

    You'll typically see a slight updraft, making the approach slightly less dangerous than approaching from the downwind side.

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  2. 2) Satellite photos have shown mountain waves extending as far as ____ miles downwind of the Rocky Mountains.

    Satellite photography has shown mountain wave 700 miles downwind of the Rocky Mountains. That's a big wave.

    Satellite photography has shown mountain wave 700 miles downwind of the Rocky Mountains. That's a big wave.

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  3. 3) When you're approach a mountain ridge, you should approach at a ____ degree angle to the ridge.

    By approaching at a 45 degree angle, you can more safely turn away from the ridge if you get into severe turbulence or an intense downdraft.

    By approaching at a 45 degree angle, you can more safely turn away from the ridge if you get into severe turbulence or an intense downdraft.

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  4. 4) Mountain wave can form with as little as ____ knots of wind.

    Mountain wave can form with as little as 15 knots of wind, hitting a ridge at an angle of 30 degrees or more.

    Mountain wave can form with as little as 15 knots of wind, hitting a ridge at an angle of 30 degrees or more.

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  5. 5) You should cross a mountain pass at least ____ feet above the pass elevation during calm winds.

    The FAA recommends at least 1,000 feet above the pass. If winds are over 20 knots, they recommend 2,000 feet.

    The FAA recommends at least 1,000 feet above the pass. If winds are over 20 knots, they recommend 2,000 feet.

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  6. 6) You're planning a cross-country at 13,500 feet. Will you, the pilot, need to wear oxygen?

    According to 91.211, you'll need it if you're above 12,500' for more than 30 minutes. You don't need to provide it to your passengers unless you go above 15,000'.

    According to 91.211, you'll need it if you're above 12,500' for more than 30 minutes. You don't need to provide it to your passengers unless you go above 15,000'.

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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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