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Quiz: 6 Questions To See If You Can Hold Like A Pro

Live from the Flight Deck

Who doesn't love holding? We know you will, after you finish this quiz.


  1. 1) How far out from your holding fix do you need to slow to holding speed in your 737?

    You should reduce to holding speed when you're 3 minutes from the fix, and cross the fix at or below maximum holding speed.

    You should reduce to holding speed when you're 3 minutes from the fix, and cross the fix at or below maximum holding speed.

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  2. 2) ATC clears you for a standard holding pattern in your A380 at 13,000' MSL. How should you time your pattern?

    When holding at or below 14,000', you should fly your pattern so the inbound leg takes 1 minute.

    When holding at or below 14,000', you should fly your pattern so the inbound leg takes 1 minute.

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  3. 3) You're holding in your 777 at 14,000' MSL. What's the max speed you can fly?

    When you're above 6,000' MSL and at or below 14,000' MSL, you're limited to 230 KIAS in a holding pattern - unless you receive an exception from ATC.

    When you're above 6,000' MSL and at or below 14,000' MSL, you're limited to 230 KIAS in a holding pattern - unless you receive an exception from ATC.

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  4. 4) The wind is out of the south and you're holding west on the 270 radial from the SXW VOR. How should you fly the pattern so you roll out on the inbound course using a standard-rate turn?

    You should compensate your pattern so that a standard rate turn will put you on the inbound course at rollout.

    You should compensate your pattern so that a standard rate turn will put you on the inbound course at rollout.

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  5. 5) You receive the following clearance: "Aspen 20, hold east as published over the Imperial VOR, expect further clearance at 0540 Zulu." You're approaching the Imperial VOR on a 054 degree bearing; what entry should you use?

    When you're between the 074 and 004 bearings (70 degrees of the arc) you should use a teardrop entry.

    When you're between the 074 and 004 bearings (70 degrees of the arc) you should use a teardrop entry.

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  6. 6) What direction do you turn in a standard holding pattern?

    Standard patterns use right turns.

    Standard patterns use right turns.

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Well, that wasn't very easy...

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Nice work, you've got most of these holding patterns down.

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Well, you pretty much aced this quiz.

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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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