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Quiz: Are You Prepared For An IFR Departure?

You're cleared for the departure, but are you ready for it?


  1. 1) You're sitting in your F-4U Corsair at a non-towered airport, and you pick up an IFR clearance with a clearance void time of 1621Z. What do you need to do by 1621Z?

    That's right, clearance void time means you need to be wheels up by the void time.

    That's right, clearance void time means you need to be wheels up by the void time.

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  2. 2) The 40:1 obstacle identification surface begins at the departure end of the runway and slopes up at ______.
    Wikipedia

    Yep, the 40:1 surface slopes up at 152 FPNM. If any obstacles penetrate it, higher takeoff minimums or higher than standard climb rates may be issued for a airport departure.

    Yep, the 40:1 surface slopes up at 152 FPNM. If any obstacles penetrate it, higher takeoff minimums or higher than standard climb rates may be issued for a airport departure.

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  3. 3) You're taking off on an IFR clearance in your Gulfstream on a part 91 flight. What is the minimum climb gradient for your IFR departure, unless otherwise specified?

    That's right, for any standard IFR departure, you're expected to cross the departure end of the runway at least 35 feet AGL and climb 200 feet per nautical mile. Not that it will be a problem in your Gulfstream.

    That's right, for any standard IFR departure, you're expected to cross the departure end of the runway at least 35 feet AGL and climb 200 feet per nautical mile. Not that it will be a problem in your Gulfstream.

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  4. 4) You fly the Aspen Six departure when you lose comm, and join the localizer back course to LINDZ. When you join the localizer back course, will you have correct or reverse sensing? (using CDI with OBS)
    View Aspen Six Departure

    Since you're flying outbound on the back course, you'll have correct sensing.

    Since you're flying outbound on the back course, you'll have correct sensing.

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  5. 5) The minimum climb gradient for Runway 33 for the Aspen Six departure is 650 feet per nautical mile to 13,000 feet. If your ground speed in the climb is 180 knots, how fast do you need to climb to meet the minimum gradient?
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    View Aspen Six Departure

    That's right, if you're climbing at 180 knots ground speed, you'll need a 1950 FPM climb rate to achieve 650 FPNM.

    That's right, if you're climbing at 180 knots ground speed, you'll need a 1950 FPM climb rate to achieve 650 FPNM.

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  6. 6) Can you fly the Aspen Six departure at night?
    View Aspen Six Departure

    The note says it on the chart, this procedure isn't authorized at night.

    The note says it on the chart, this procedure isn't authorized at night.

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Well, you know a few things about departure procedures...

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You know your departure procedures...pretty well.

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Nice work, you've got your departure procedures down.

You scored % When it comes to departure procedures, you pretty much know it all.


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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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