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The Hardest IFR Quiz You'll Take This Week

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  1. 1) Unless ATC authorizes you otherwise, when you're operating under IFR in controlled airspace, you're required to report all of the following as soon as possible, EXCEPT:
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    According to 91.183, unless otherwise authorized by ATC, the pilot in command of each aircraft operated under IFR must report the following as soon as possible: Any unforecast weather conditions encountered; and any other information relating to the safety of flight. 

    According to 91.183, unless otherwise authorized by ATC, the pilot in command of each aircraft operated under IFR must report the following as soon as possible: Any unforecast weather conditions encountered; and any other information relating to the safety of flight. 

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  2. 2) You're planning an IFR flight with 45 minutes of fuel reserve past your intended point of landing. What's the minimum weather you need if you're NOT filing an alternate for your flight? (at least +/- 1 hour around your ETA)
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    According to 91.167, you need at least 2,000+ foot ceilings with 3SM or more visibility within +/- 1 hour to land at an airport to not need to file an alternate airport. But if the weather is close to that, you should probably think about filing an alternate anyway, to make sure you have enough fuel if the weather drops.

    According to 91.167, you need at least 2,000+ foot ceilings with 3SM or more visibility within +/- 1 hour to land at an airport to not need to file an alternate airport. But if the weather is close to that, you should probably think about filing an alternate anyway, to make sure you have enough fuel if the weather drops.

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  3. 3) What's the minimum weather required for an alternate airport if it doesn't have a published instrument approach procedure, and no special instrument approach procedure has been issued by the Administrator to you?
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    According to 91.169, if there's no instrument approach procedure (or special approach procedure) published for an airport, the ceiling and visibility minimums are those allowing descent from MEA, approach, and landing under basic VFR.

    According to 91.169, if there's no instrument approach procedure (or special approach procedure) published for an airport, the ceiling and visibility minimums are those allowing descent from MEA, approach, and landing under basic VFR.

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  4. 4) You can't operate an aircraft in controlled airspace under IFR unless you:
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    According to 91.173, "No person may operate an aircraft in controlled airspace under IFR unless that person has (a) Filed an IFR flight plan; and (b) Received an appropriate ATC clearance."

    According to 91.173, "No person may operate an aircraft in controlled airspace under IFR unless that person has (a) Filed an IFR flight plan; and (b) Received an appropriate ATC clearance."

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  5. 5) For Category 1 approaches, at least one of several visual references for the intended runway must be visible and identifiable to go below DA/MDA. Which of the following is NOT one of those items?
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    According to 91.175, if you see any one of these, except for the runway hold short lines, you can descend from DA/MDA for landing on the approach. Assuming, of course, you have the required flight visibility, and you're in a continuous position to land.

    According to 91.175, if you see any one of these, except for the runway hold short lines, you can descend from DA/MDA for landing on the approach. Assuming, of course, you have the required flight visibility, and you're in a continuous position to land.

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  6. 6) If takeoff weather minimums are not prescribed for a particular airport, what are the IFR takeoff minimums for a part 91 flight?
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    There are no takeoff minimums for Part 91 flights. However, we'd recommend you set your personal minimums to be safe.

    There are no takeoff minimums for Part 91 flights. However, we'd recommend you set your personal minimums to be safe.

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  7. 7) You're flying over a designated mountainous area that has no published minimum altitude. You must stay at an altitude of ____ feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal distance of ____ nautical miles from the course to be flown.
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    According to 91.177, "If no applicable minimum altitude is prescribed in parts 95 and 97 of this chapter, then (i) In the case of operations over an area designated as a mountainous area in part 95 of this chapter, an altitude of 2,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal distance of 4 nautical miles from the course to be flown..." 

    According to 91.177, "If no applicable minimum altitude is prescribed in parts 95 and 97 of this chapter, then (i) In the case of operations over an area designated as a mountainous area in part 95 of this chapter, an altitude of 2,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal distance of 4 nautical miles from the course to be flown..." 

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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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