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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Well You Really Know The FARs

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  1. 1) You want to take your friends up for a night flight to tour the city in your Cessna 172. In the past 90 days, you've logged 4 night touch-and-go landings and 2 night full-stop landings in your plane. Can you take your friends on the flight?

    To meet night takeoff and landing experience (61.57(b)), you need to make at least 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop between 1 hour after and 1 hour before sunrise. Since you've only performed 2 night landings to a full stop, you're not night current to carry passengers.

    To meet night takeoff and landing experience (61.57(b)), you need to make at least 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop between 1 hour after and 1 hour before sunrise. Since you've only performed 2 night landings to a full stop, you're not night current to carry passengers.

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  2. 2) Several months later, you want to take your friends up for a daytime flight in a Cessna 172. In the past 90 days, you've logged 2 night full-stop landings, and 1 night touch-and-go. Can you take your friends on the day flight?

    For daytime currency, landings do not need to be made to a full stop (61.57(a)). In addition, night landings count toward daytime currency - 61.57(a) doesn't specify a time landings need to be accomplished.

    For daytime currency, landings do not need to be made to a full stop (61.57(a)). In addition, night landings count toward daytime currency - 61.57(a) doesn't specify a time landings need to be accomplished.

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  3. 3) You've been flying a Piper Seminole (multi-engine aircraft) for flight training, and you've logged 37 daytime landings in the past 90 days. Can you take friends on a daytime Cessna 172 (single-engine aircraft) flight based on the multi-engine landings you've logged?

    FAR 61.57 (a)(ii) says that your takeoffs and landings need to be performed in an aircraft with the same category, class, and type (if type rating is required). Since you've logged landings an "Airplane, multi-engine land" and a Cessna 172 is an "Airplane, single-engine land", your landings don't count. You'll need to log three landings in the 172 before taking up passengers.

    FAR 61.57 (a)(ii) says that your takeoffs and landings need to be performed in an aircraft with the same category, class, and type (if type rating is required). Since you've logged landings an "Airplane, multi-engine land" and a Cessna 172 is an "Airplane, single-engine land", your landings don't count. You'll need to log three landings in the 172 before taking up passengers.

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  4. 4) You got your 3rd class medical today, which also happens to be your 39th birthday. In addition to the remainder of this month, how long is your 3rd class medical valid?

    As long as you haven't reached your 40th birthday on the date of your medical exam, your 3rd class medical is good for the remainder of this months, plus 60 calendar months (5 years).

    As long as you haven't reached your 40th birthday on the date of your medical exam, your 3rd class medical is good for the remainder of this months, plus 60 calendar months (5 years).

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  5. 5) You've been hired as a ferry pilot, and you'll be delivering aircraft all over the country. What's the lowest class medical certificate you need for the job?

    To operate as a commercial pilot, you'll need at least a 2nd class medical certificate.

    To operate as a commercial pilot, you'll need at least a 2nd class medical certificate.

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  6. 6) You passed your Private Pilot checkride today (congrats!). When will you need your first flight review to continue acting as PIC?

    According to FAR 61.56, you can't act as PIC unless you've had a flight review (and endorsement) within 24 calendar months. There are a some exceptions if you get additional certificates and ratings along the way - all of which are listed under FAR 61.56.

    According to FAR 61.56, you can't act as PIC unless you've had a flight review (and endorsement) within 24 calendar months. There are a some exceptions if you get additional certificates and ratings along the way - all of which are listed under FAR 61.56.

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Well, you could use a little work...

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You have most of these FARs down...

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Well, it looks like you're pretty much an expert with these FARs.

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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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