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Quiz: Are You Ready To Be An Airline Pilot?

If you want to be an airline pilot, these questions should be pretty easy to answer...

  1. 1) Which airline is this?
    Eric Salard

    This is a United Airlines 777-200.

    This is a United Airlines 777-200.

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  2. 2) In the United States, at least how many crew members are required to be inside the cockpit at all times?
    GolfCharlie232

    In the United States, airlines require at least 2 crew members must remain inside the cockpit at all times. 

    In the United States, airlines require at least 2 crew members must remain inside the cockpit at all times. 

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  3. 3) New Federal Air Regulations require pilots to get at least ___ hours of rest between shifts.
    GolfCharlie232

    Excluding many cargo operators, airlines are required to give pilots 10 hours of rest between shifts.

    Excluding many cargo operators, airlines are required to give pilots 10 hours of rest between shifts.

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  4. 4) ___ of those rest hours must be uninterrupted sleep.
    GolfCharlie232

    Of the 10 rest hours, 8 must be in uninterrupted sleep.  

    Of the 10 rest hours, 8 must be in uninterrupted sleep.  

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  5. 5) "Sterile cockpit" rules usually go into effect at altitudes below ____.
    Sam Chui

    Airline pilots are usually required to maintain a sterile cockpit (only communicating about the flight operation) during critical phases of flight below 10,000 feet; this doesn't include cruise flight below 10,000 feet.

    Airline pilots are usually required to maintain a sterile cockpit (only communicating about the flight operation) during critical phases of flight below 10,000 feet; this doesn't include cruise flight below 10,000 feet.

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  6. 6) Which crew member normally pre-flights the outside of an airliner?
    Payitno

    You'll normally see a first officer pre-flight the exterior of an airliner.

    You'll normally see a first officer pre-flight the exterior of an airliner.

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  7. 7) Identify this airplane:
    Sam Chui

    This is an American Airlines MD-82.

    This is an American Airlines MD-82.

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You might want to brush up on some airline knowledge before you apply for a job.

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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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