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Quiz: Are You Ready For This IFR Flight To Syracuse?

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  1. 1) You're getting your weather briefing and see that an AIRMET ZULU has been issued on your route of flight. What weather do you expect?
    Derin

    AIRMET ZULU is issued for moderate icing conditions.

    AIRMET ZULU is issued for moderate icing conditions.

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  2. 2) During preflight, you're looking through the VOR equipment log to make sure your VORs have been checked and are ready for your IFR flight. They were checked 21 days ago. Are you good to go?
    James Jones

    The VOR needs to be checked within the preceding 30 days for IFR flight.

    The VOR needs to be checked within the preceding 30 days for IFR flight.

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  3. 3) Your planned cross country is to Syracuse, NY. The conditions at KSYR are forecast to be 1 1/2 SM visibility and 1100' overcast ceilings at your arrival time. Assuming you need an alternate, how much reserve fuel will you need after you reach the alternate airport?
    matthewpiatt

    You'll need to plan an additional 45 minutes of fuel after you reach your alternate.

    You'll need to plan an additional 45 minutes of fuel after you reach your alternate.

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  4. 4) The alternate airport you choose has an ILS approach. To use the airport as an alternate, what is the minimum forecast weather at your planned alternate arrival time?
    matthewpiatt

    When your alternate airport has a precision approach, you need minimum weather of 600' and 2 SM visibility at the alternate.

    When your alternate airport has a precision approach, you need minimum weather of 600' and 2 SM visibility at the alternate.

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  5. 5) The glide slope is out for the ILS RWY 28, so you've be cleared for the localizer approach. What altitude can you descend to after you've crossed the final approach fix?

    The straight-in localizer-only minimums are 800' MSL, regardless of category of aircraft.

    The straight-in localizer-only minimums are 800' MSL, regardless of category of aircraft.

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  6. 6) You don't see the runway and you have to go missed. What altitude should you climb to before you start your turn toward the SYR VOR?

    You'll need to climb to 1100' before turning, as the chart describes in the top-left corner.

    You'll need to climb to 1100' before turning, as the chart describes in the top-left corner.

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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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