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Quiz: Do You Know These 6 Light Gun Signals?

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If you can't reach the tower on your radio, do you know what to look for?


  1. 1) You see a steady green light signal while in-flight. You've been ____.

    If you see a steady green light while you're in the air, you've been cleared for landing. 

    If you see a steady green light while you're in the air, you've been cleared for landing. 

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  2. 2) You see a flashing green light signal while on the ground. You've been ____.

    If you see a flashing green light while on the ground, you've been cleared for taxi.

    If you see a flashing green light while on the ground, you've been cleared for taxi.

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  3. 3) You see a steady red light signal while in-flight. You should ____.

    If you see a steady red light while in-flight, you've been directed to give way to other aircraft and continue circling. 

    If you see a steady red light while in-flight, you've been directed to give way to other aircraft and continue circling. 

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  4. 4) You see a flashing red light signal while in-flight. The ____.

    If you see a flashing red light signal while in-flight, the control tower is telling you not to land because the airport is "unsafe." 

    If you see a flashing red light signal while in-flight, the control tower is telling you not to land because the airport is "unsafe." 

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  5. 5) You see a flashing white light signal while on the ground. You should ____.

    If you see a flashing white signal while on the ground, you should return to your starting point, wherever that may be at the airport. 

    If you see a flashing white signal while on the ground, you should return to your starting point, wherever that may be at the airport. 

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  6. 6) You see alternating red and green light signals. You need to ____.

    If you see alternating red and green light signals, whether you're in the air or on the ground, you should exercise extreme caution. 

    If you see alternating red and green light signals, whether you're in the air or on the ground, you should exercise extreme caution. 

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Not bad, those were some tough questions.

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You have most of these light signals down.

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Nailed it! You're pretty much a light signal expert.

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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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