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Quiz: Can You Pass These 7 Private Pilot Checkride Questions?

Could you pass a private pilot checkride today?

Chris Saulit

  1. 1) You're a private pilot taking your friends up for a flight. You're unpacking your flight bag into the cockpit and realize you forgot your logbook at home. You do have your pilot certificate and medical. Can you fly?

    Private pilots don't need to carry their logbook to fly, but they do need their certificate and medical.

    Private pilots don't need to carry their logbook to fly, but they do need their certificate and medical.

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  2. 2) You're descending into an airport for landing. What is your maximum flap extended speed?

    Vfe is the maximum flap extended speed, and it's marked on your airspeed indicator as the top of the white arc. Some aircraft allow partial flap extension above Vfe, but you need to check your POH for that.

    Vfe is the maximum flap extended speed, and it's marked on your airspeed indicator as the top of the white arc. Some aircraft allow partial flap extension above Vfe, but you need to check your POH for that.

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  3. 3) VFR cruising altitudes are based on:

    FAR 91.159 specifies altitudes by magnetic course.

    FAR 91.159 specifies altitudes by magnetic course.

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  4. 4) How far away is Richmond International Airport from the city of Richmond?

    "6 E", in the top line of the A/FD, means the airport is 6 miles east of the city.

    "6 E", in the top line of the A/FD, means the airport is 6 miles east of the city.

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  5. 5) When do you need to use your aircraft's position lights?

    You need to use position lights (nav lights) from sunset to sunrise.

    You need to use position lights (nav lights) from sunset to sunrise.

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  6. 6) Above what altitude do you need to provide supplemental oxygen to your passengers?

    FAR 91.211 requires you to provide passengers with supplemental oxygen at cabin pressure altitudes above 15,000'.

    FAR 91.211 requires you to provide passengers with supplemental oxygen at cabin pressure altitudes above 15,000'.

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  7. 7) Where can you start your takeoff?

    You need to taxi past the yellow demarcation bar before you can begin your takeoff roll.

    You need to taxi past the yellow demarcation bar before you can begin your takeoff roll.

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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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