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Quiz: Are You Ready To Be A Private Pilot?

If you can answer these 6 questions, you're well on your way to becoming a private pilot. Let's get this started!

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  1. 1) Maneuvering speed (Va):

    You got it. Maneuvering speed increases as aircraft weight increases. This is because aircraft at higher weights need to fly at a higher angle of attack at a given airspeed to produce enough lift for level flight. Since the aircraft is at a higher AOA, it will more quickly reach the Critical AOA if a full, abrupt control movement is used.

    Maneuvering speed increases as aircraft weight increases. This is because aircraft at higher weights need to fly at a higher angle of attack at a given airspeed to produce enough lift for level flight. Since the aircraft is at a higher AOA, it will more quickly reach the Critical AOA if a full, abrupt control movement is used.

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  2. 2) How far away is Richmond International Airport from the city of Richmond?

    "6 E", in the top line of the A/FD, means the airport is 6 miles east of the city.

    "6 E", in the top line of the A/FD, means the airport is 6 miles east of the city.

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  3. 3) Tower tells you to hold short of the runway. What marking are you looking for?

    You need to stop short of the hold-short sign.

    You need to stop short of the hold-short sign.

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  4. 4) 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 (FAR 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 (FAR 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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  5. 5) Let's assume you have your private pilot certificate. You start preflighting your airplane, and...your battery is dead. Can you replace it yourself?

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (24) says you can (as a private pilot or higher) replace and service the battery yourself.

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (24) says you can (as a private pilot or higher) replace and service the battery yourself.

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  6. 6) You're a non-instrument rated private pilot, and you pick up a Special VFR clearance into a Class E airport. What's the minimum visibility you need to land?

    You'll need 1SM visibility, and to remain clear of clouds on your SVFR clearance.

    You'll need 1SM visibility, and to remain clear of clouds on your SVFR clearance.

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