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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Aerodynamics Questions?

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  1. 1) You're taking off, and you need to clear an obstacle using your best angle of climb. What speed are you flying?

    Vx will give you the best angle of climb to clear the obstacle.

    Vx will give you the best angle of climb to clear the obstacle.

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  2. 2) When you retract your flaps, you immediately decrease:

    Retracting flaps decreases all three: lift, drag, and camber.

    Retracting flaps decreases all three: lift, drag, and camber.

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  3. 3) What causes ground effect?

    Ground effect is caused by a reduction in induced drag when your plane is within approximately 1 wingspan or less of the runway. The closer you get to the runway, the more pronounced ground effect is.

    Ground effect is caused by a reduction in induced drag when your plane is within approximately 1 wingspan or less of the runway. The closer you get to the runway, the more pronounced ground effect is.

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  4. 4) What climb rate will a single engine aircraft produce at its absolute ceiling? (max weight, clean config, max continuous power)

    The absolute ceiling is the altitude where a single engine plane can no longer climb, and can only maintain forward flight.

    The absolute ceiling is the altitude where a single engine plane can no longer climb, and can only maintain forward flight.

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  5. 5) During a stall, your wings continue to produce lift:

    Even when your wings are stalled, they are producing lift.

    Even when your wings are stalled, they are producing lift.

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  6. 6) In a training aircraft, the center of lift is normally _____ of the center of gravity.

    The center of lift is always behind the center of gravity on training aircraft. If it were ahead of the CG, it could cause instability, and most likely cause the aircraft to pitch up in a stall.

    The center of lift is always behind the center of gravity on training aircraft. If it were ahead of the CG, it could cause instability, and most likely cause the aircraft to pitch up in a stall.

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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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