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Quiz: Can You Fly This VFR Cross Country To Fargo, ND?

Grand Forks to Fargo, you betcha!

  1. 1) You're on the ground in Grand Forks (KGFK), you're listening to ATIS in your Cessna 172, and the active runways are 35L and 35R today. You are assigned 35R. If you plan on departing on the downwind, which way do you turn after takeoff?

    Under the airport description, it list the runways which have nonstandard traffic patterns. For 35R, it has right traffic (RP 9R, 17R, 27R, 35R). Upon departure, all turns must be made to the right unless ATC tells you otherwise.

    Under the airport description, it list the runways which have nonstandard traffic patterns. For 35R, it has right traffic (RP 9R, 17R, 27R, 35R). Upon departure, all turns must be made to the right unless ATC tells you otherwise.

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  2. 2) You're climbing to your cruising altitude of 5,500' south of Grand Forks. What are the magenta dashed lines around the class delta airspace?

    This signifies that there is a Class E transition area in which Class E extends to the surface.

    This signifies that there is a Class E transition area in which Class E extends to the surface.

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  3. 3) You are headed south on the 160 radial from the GFK VOR. You just so happen to cross over Central Valley airport. If you had to divert there in an emergency, how much available runway is there?

    In the airport description, it lists "20", add two zeros and you get 2,000' of runway available.

    In the airport description, it lists "20", add two zeros and you get 2,000' of runway available.

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  4. 4) You are just north of Hillsboro continuing to Fargo. How far out must you contact Fargo approach control?

    Fargo has a TRSA (Terminal Radar Service Area) which provides basic radar and separation services to participating aircraft. This service is completely voluntary for VFR traffic. However, it's a good idea to use it, and we'd recommend you do if you're able.

    Fargo has a TRSA (Terminal Radar Service Area) which provides basic radar and separation services to participating aircraft. This service is completely voluntary for VFR traffic. However, it's a good idea to use it, and we'd recommend you do if you're able.

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  5. 5) You are just crossing the town of Gardner at 4,000'. If you were to keep descending, at what altitude would you no longer be within the TRSA?

    The moment you descend below 2,500' is when you leave the TRSA area.

    The moment you descend below 2,500' is when you leave the TRSA area.

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  6. 6) In Fargo's airport description, what does "AOE" signify?

    Airport of Entry (AOE) signifies an airport who has customs and immigration services for incoming international flights.

    Airport of Entry (AOE) signifies an airport who has customs and immigration services for incoming international flights.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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