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Quiz: Can You Fly This IFR Cross Country To St. Louis?

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  1. 1) You're on the ramp at Cape Girardeau Regional (KCGI) in your Piper Archer. The ASOS information reported clouds overcast 700' and 1 mile visibility. What are your takeoff minimums if you plan to depart runway 10? (your flight is non-commercial Part 91)
    View KCGI Takeoff Minimums and ODPs

    For this flight conducted under Part 91, you have no takeoff minimums. But, we always recommend you set your personal minimums, and stick to them. You also need to determine that you can meet the minimum climb gradient for a departure, and if you can't, that you can climb to the enroute phase in visual conditions and maintain your own obstacle clearance.

    For this flight conducted under Part 91, you have no takeoff minimums. But, we always recommend you set your personal minimums, and stick to them. You also need to determine that you can meet the minimum climb gradient for a departure, and if you can't, that you can climb to the enroute phase in visual conditions and maintain your own obstacle clearance.

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  2. 2) As you're holding short of runway 10, ATC says "Piper 446DB, cleared for takeoff, on course approved." You are cleared on V125 for your route. When can you start the turn to intercept the airway?

    If you are told by ATC that you are cleared on course after takeoff, you must wait until you are at least 400' AGL to make any turns.

    If you are told by ATC that you are cleared on course after takeoff, you must wait until you are at least 400' AGL to make any turns.

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  3. 3) You were cleared to 4,000' MSL. When you get there, you're in IMC. You decide to make a PIREP. What elements should you include?
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    You should include these items as concisely as possible, however, the most important thing is that your information is relayed so other pilots can benefit from it.

    You should include these items as concisely as possible, however, the most important thing is that your information is relayed so other pilots can benefit from it.

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  4. 4) You're on V125 northbound and approaching NIKEL. What happens at this intersection?

    When there is an intersection that has airways leading up to it with a "T", this indicates that there is an altitude change in either an MEA, MOCA, or MAA.

    When there is an intersection that has airways leading up to it with a "T", this indicates that there is an altitude change in either an MEA, MOCA, or MAA.

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  5. 5) As you're approaching St. Louis' Class Bravo airspace, you notice that there are thunderstorms moving your way. You decide to divert to Perryville Municipal (K02). Under Part 91, what weather minimums are required to begin the RNAV (GPS) RWY 2?
    View Perryville RNAV RWY 02 Approach Chart

    Under Part 91 you aren't legally required to meet the approach minimums to start the approach. However, you do need the required in flight visibility to descend below the Decision Altitude for a precision approach or the Minimum Decision Altitude for a non-precision approach, as well as being in a continuous position to land, and having at least one element of the runway environment in sight. That being said, if the weather is below minimums, it's not necessarily the best idea to start the approach.

    Under Part 91 you aren't legally required to meet the approach minimums to start the approach. However, you do need the required in flight visibility to descend below the Decision Altitude for a precision approach or the Minimum Decision Altitude for a non-precision approach, as well as being in a continuous position to land, and having at least one element of the runway environment in sight. That being said, if the weather is below minimums, it's not necessarily the best idea to start the approach.

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  6. 6) As you are descending on the approach, what lights will you be looking for near the runway?
    View Perryville RNAV RWY 02 Approach Chart

    The airport diagram on the bottom right shows that runway 2 will have a PAPI and REIL.

    The airport diagram on the bottom right shows that runway 2 will have a PAPI and REIL.

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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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