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Quiz: Are You Ready For An Airline Interview?

Live from the Flight Deck

If you're prepping for an airline interview, you'll need to know how to read Jeppesen charts...

  1. 1) What is the difference in height between the airport elevation and the touchdown zone elevation for runway 30R?
    View KBJC ILS 30R Approach Chart

    The airport elevation is 74 feet higher than the touchdown zone elevation for runway 30R. You'll probably be taxiing uphill once you land.

    The airport elevation is 74 feet higher than the touchdown zone elevation for runway 30R. You'll probably be taxiing uphill once you land.

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  2. 2) Why is there an asterisk (*) next to the Ground frequency of 121.7?
    View full KBJC ILS 30R Chart

    The * means that ground is a part-time frequency at the airport.

    The * means that ground is a part-time frequency at the airport.

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  3. 3) Why does the 6529' obstacle have a large arrow next to it?
    View full KBJC ILS 30R Approach Chart

    The large arrow means the tower is the highest obstacle on the chart.

    The large arrow means the tower is the highest obstacle on the chart.

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  4. 4) You're on the ILS for 30R, you've intercepted the glideslope, and you have the local altimeter setting. If you have to go missed, you can climb at 90 knots at 700 FPM. How low can you descend on the approach?
    View KBJC ILS 30R Approach Chart

    You meet the minimum climb gradient of 240' per nautical mile, so you can use the conditional minimums of 5799' MSL. Climbing at 90 knots at a rate of 700 FPM would give you a climb gradient of 466 FPNM.

    You meet the minimum climb gradient of 240' per nautical mile, so you can use the conditional minimums of 5799' MSL. Climbing at 90 knots at a rate of 700 FPM would give you a climb gradient of 466 FPNM.

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  5. 5) As you're preparing for the ILS, the glideslope stops working, so ATC clears you for the LOC 30R approach. As you descend, how high above the touchdown zone will you be at the MDA? (assuming you still have the local altimeter)
    View KBJC ILS 30R Approach Chart

    The MDA is 701' above the touchdown zone.

    The MDA is 701' above the touchdown zone.

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  6. 6) You're approaching late at night and the tower isn't in operation. What frequency can you use to control the airport lights?
    View KBJC ILS 30R Approach Chart

    As it says in the briefing strip under #6, you can control the lights on 118.6 if tower isn't operating.

    As it says in the briefing strip under #6, you can control the lights on 118.6 if tower isn't operating.

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Look on the bright side, you have room for improvement!

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Not bad - keep studying your Jepp charts and you'll be ready for that interview in no time.

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You've got this chart down. Have you scheduled your airline interview yet? Because you should.

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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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