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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About These 6 V-Speeds?

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  1. 1) You're flying a Cessna 172 when you start experiencing moderate turbulence. What's the maximum speed you should you maintain?

    In very turbulent air, you should slow down to maneuvering speed. Va guarantees that your aircraft will stall before structural damage occurs.

    In very turbulent air, you should slow down to maneuvering speed. Va guarantees that your aircraft will stall before structural damage occurs.

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  2. 2) You take off and pitch for Vy, which gives you ________.

    Pitching for Vy gives you the greatest altitude gain over time.

    Pitching for Vy gives you the greatest altitude gain over time.

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  3. 3) You're flying a Cessna 172 in smooth air. What speed can you not exceed?

    As long as you are in smooth air, you can fly at any airspeed as long as it doesn't exceed Vne.

    As long as you are in smooth air, you can fly at any airspeed as long as it doesn't exceed Vne.

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  4. 4) The airport you are departing has trees at the departure end of the runway. What airspeed should you pitch for until the trees are cleared?

    Pitching for Vx gives you the greatest altitude gain over a set distance.

    Pitching for Vx gives you the greatest altitude gain over a set distance.

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  5. 5) Vso is the _________.

    Vso is the published stalling speed in a landing configuration at maximum gross weight.

    Vso is the published stalling speed in a landing configuration at maximum gross weight.

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  6. 6) You're enroute when you have an engine failure. You should maintain ______ to maximize the distance you can fly with your failed engine.

    In a single engine aircraft, best glide provides the best forward distance in an engine failure. Keep in mind, this airspeed, however, does not guarantee the longest time aloft during an engine failure.

    In a single engine aircraft, best glide provides the best forward distance in an engine failure. Keep in mind, this airspeed, however, does not guarantee the longest time aloft during an engine failure.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, CFII and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. Corey has been flying since he was 16, and he's pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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