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Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Private Pilot?

If you want to be a private pilot, you'll need to know...


  1. 1) What are the 4 lights to the right of the runway called?
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    These are called PAPI, or Precision Approach Path Indicator lights.

    These are called PAPI, or Precision Approach Path Indicator lights.

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  2. 2) You're flying a night cross country, and you're trying to locate the airport beacon for your destination, which is a civilian airport. What colors will the beacon be?
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    A civilian airport beacon has alternating green/white lights.

    A civilian airport beacon has alternating green/white lights.

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  3. 3) You're flying into Santa Barbara to land, and you're within 2 miles of the airport at 1000 feet AGL. What's the maximum speed you can fly?

    When you are within 4 nautical miles and 2500' of the surface of a Class C airport, you are speed restricted to 200 knots.

    When you are within 4 nautical miles and 2500' of the surface of a Class C airport, you are speed restricted to 200 knots.

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  4. 4) Can you, as a non-instrument rated private pilot, use a Special VFR clearance?

    Yes, but only between sunrise and sunset.

    You can, but only between sunrise and sunset.

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  5. 5) What happens to air temperature as it passes through the Venturi of a carburetor?

    It gets colder, because the air speeds up and pressure decreases. Because it cools, carburetors are susceptible to carb icing.

    It gets colder, because the air speeds up and pressure decreases. Because it cools, carburetors are susceptible to carb icing.

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  6. 6) What's the purpose of differential ailerons?

    They reduce adverse yaw.

    They reduce adverse yaw.

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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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