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Quiz: Are You Ready For An Emergency On Your Next Flight?

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Are you ready to handle an emergency on your next flight?


  1. 1) Your RPM starts dropping, and you think it's because of carb ice. You turn your carb heat on, and the engine starts running extremely rough. What should you do?

    When you turn your carb heat on, the ice in your carburetor will start melting, and it will be ingested by the engine. It will sound bad (or terrible), but keep your carb heat on. Eventually, the ice will melt and you'll be back to normal operation.

    When you turn your carb heat on, the ice in your carburetor will start melting, and it will be ingested by the engine. It will sound bad (or terrible), but keep your carb heat on. Eventually, the ice will melt and you'll be back to normal operation.

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  2. 2) You're using the heater in your aircraft. You and your instructor both start feeling sick (upset stomach). What should you do?

    If you start feeling sick when using the heater, it's highly likely that you're experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning. Shut the heater off immediately and get as much fresh air in the cabin as possible. Then, pick an airport and get yourself on the ground as soon as practical.

    If you start feeling sick when using the heater, it's highly likely that you're experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning. Shut the heater off immediately and get as much fresh air in the cabin as possible. Then, pick an airport and get yourself on the ground as soon as practical.

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  3. 3) Your mic is stuck on, and you can't fix it. You turn off your radio so you aren't stepping on ATC and other aircraft. What transponder frequency should you squawk to let ATC your radio has failed?

    7600 is your lost comm transponder code. ATC will know your radios are out, and they'll get other planes out of your way. Remember your light gun signals if you're landing at a tower controlled airport, and if you're landing at a non-towered airport, make sure you overfly the field and keep your eyes peeled for other aircraft.

    7600 is your lost comm transponder code. ATC will know your radios are out, and they'll get other planes out of your way. Remember your light gun signals if you're landing at a tower controlled airport, and if you're landing at a non-towered airport, make sure you overfly the field and keep your eyes peeled for other aircraft.

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  4. 4) You're flying a night VFR cross-country, and you inadvertently fly into a cloud. What should you do?

    If you fly into a cloud, you should maintain altitude and make a 180 to fly out the way you flew in.

    If you fly into a cloud, you should maintain altitude and make a 180 to fly out the way you flew in.

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  5. 5) You're practicing stalls and you inadvertently enter a spin. What should you do with your ailerons as you recover?

    You should maintain neutral ailerons, and use your rudder to stop the rotation in a spin. Using ailerons can aggravate a spin.

    You should maintain neutral ailerons, and use your rudder to stop the rotation in a spin. Using ailerons can aggravate a spin.

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  6. 6) You think you smell an electrical fire in your Piper Cherokee. You're following your checklist, and the next step is to turn off your master switch (ALT and BAT) "off". Will your airspeed indicator continue operating? (6-pack instruments)

    Your airspeed indicator uses ram and static air, not electricity, to operate. So you'll have airspeed even when you turn the master switch off. 

    Your airspeed indicator uses ram and static air, not electricity, to operate. So you'll have airspeed even when you turn the master switch off. 

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  7. 7) Your static source becomes completely blocked during your flight. As you descend for landing, what will your airspeed indicator do? (assuming you maintain constant airspeed)

    Since the static air is trapped from a higher altitude, as you descend, the increase pressure entering the pitot tube will make the airspeed indicator read a higher-than-actual airspeed.

    Since the static air is trapped from a higher altitude, as you descend, the increase pressure entering the pitot tube will make the airspeed indicator read a higher-than-actual airspeed.

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You're a little rusty when it comes to emergencies...

You scored %. But think about how much you've learned in the last few minutes!

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Nice work, you have most of these emergencies down.

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You nailed these emergencies. Well done.

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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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