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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Well You Can Preflight Your Plane

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Because every flight should start with a good preflight...


  1. 1) You're checking the maintenance logbook, and the last annual was done on December 2nd, 2017. Today is December 17th, 2018. Can you fly?

    According to FAR 91.409, an annual inspection needs to occur within the preceding 12 calendar months from the date it was last performed. This means that you can fly the plane all the way up to December 31st, 2018 before it needs an annual.

    According to FAR 91.409, an annual inspection needs to occur within the preceding 12 calendar months from the date it was last performed. This means that you can fly the plane all the way up to December 31st, 2018 before it needs an annual.

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  2. 2) You check your oil, and it's just under the low mark on the dipstick. Assuming you're a private pilot, can you top if off yourself, or do you need a mechanic to fill it for you?

    According to FAR par 43, (c) Preventive maintenance (6) "Lubrication not requiring disassembly other than removal of nonstructural items such as cover plates, cowlings, and fairings." is allowed by licensed pilots. 

    According to FAR par 43, (c) Preventive maintenance (6) "Lubrication not requiring disassembly other than removal of nonstructural items such as cover plates, cowlings, and fairings." is allowed by licensed pilots. 

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  3. 3) You're walking around the airplane and you see this. What is it?
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    This is the static port for your pitot-static system.

    This is the static port for your pitot-static system.

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  4. 4) If you take a fuel sample and there's water in it, where will it be in your fuel strainer?

    If you have water contamination, it will sink to the bottom of your fuel strainer, because water is heavier than avgas.

    If you have water contamination, it will sink to the bottom of your fuel strainer, because water is heavier than avgas.

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  5. 5) You check your aircraft lights, and your red nav light isn't working. Can you fly during the day (VFR) with it inoperative?

    According to 91.205 (c) (2), approved position lights (nav lights) are required for night flight, but not for day. As long as you make the lights inoperative per 91.213 (or an MEL, if that's what you have), you're good to go.

    According to 91.205 (c) (2), approved position lights (nav lights) are required for night flight, but not for day. As long as you make the lights inoperative per 91.213 (or an MEL, if that's what you have), you're good to go.

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  6. 6) Finally, you get back the cockpit, when you notice that your panel-mounted clock isn't working. Can you fly during the day (VFR) with it inoperative?

    According to 91.205 (b), you don't need a clock for daytime VFR flight. So as long as you make in inoperative per FAR 91.213, or MEL it if you have a minimum equipment list, you're good to go.

    According to 91.205 (b), you don't need a clock for daytime VFR flight. So as long as you make in inoperative per FAR 91.213, or MEL it if you have a minimum equipment list, you're good to go.

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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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