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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Aircraft Systems

How much do you really know about systems?


  1. 1) You're flying a Cessna 172. If your alternator fails in cruise flight, will your engine continue running?

    That's right, your engine's spark plugs are powered by magnetos, which are completely separate from the alternator.

    Your engine's spark plugs are powered by magnetos, which are completely separate from the alternator.

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  2. 2) This geared ring behind the spinner connects to the:
    John Tewell

    Yep, the geared ring connects to the starter to turn the engine and start it.

    The geared ring connects to the starter to turn the engine and start it.

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  3. 3) Why are there ridges on this elevator?
    Boldmethod

    The ridges add strength and rigidity to the elevator.

    The ridges add strength and rigidity to the elevator.

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  4. 4) What is the purpose of differential ailerons?
    davedhetre

    That's right, differential ailerons reduce adverse yaw, and they do it by the up aileron moving further than the down aileron.

    Differential ailerons reduce adverse yaw, and they do it by the up aileron moving further than the down aileron.

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  5. 5) This all-moveable tail is called a:
    goron

    Yep, it's called a stabilator.

    It's called a stabilator.

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  6. 6) These aileron spades are used to:
    Jack Snell

    They lighten control loads, making it easier to bank left or right.

    They lighten control loads, making it easier to bank left or right.

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Well, that wasn't the easiest quiz...

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Looks like you have most of these systems down.

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Nailed it!

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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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