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Quiz: Could You Pass An Instrument Checkride Today?

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Whether or not you have your instrument rating, could you pass a checkride today?


  1. 1) You've planning a cross-country from Kansas City to Wichita. The conditions at KICT are forecast to be 5 SM visibility and 2000' overcast ceilings starting 2 hours before your arrival, and continuing for another hour past your arrival time. Do you need an alternate?
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    That's right, you're not required to file an alternate, because the ceilings are at least 2000', and the visibility is at least 3 SM. However, with weather on the edge, it's never a bad idea to have an alternate in case the weather deteriorates.

    You're not required to file an alternate, because the ceilings are at least 2000', and the visibility is at least 3 SM. However, with weather on the edge, it's never a bad idea to have an alternate in case the weather deteriorates.

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  2. 2) You're departing Eagle County Airport. You plan to use runway 7 and fly the Gypsum Six Departure, which requires a minimum climb gradient of 580 feet per nautical mile to 12,000'. If your climb groundspeed is 120 knots, what is the minimum climb rate you need to maintain to 12,000'?
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    That's right, at 120 knots groundspeed, you'll need to climb at 1160 feet per minute to achieve a 580 feet per nautical mile climb gradient.

    At 120 knots groundspeed, you'll need to climb at 1160 feet per minute to achieve a 580 feet per nautical mile climb gradient.

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  3. 3) You're continuing on the Gypsum Six Departure from runway 7. You've just crossed the VAILE intersection, and you're turning left toward the Kremmling VOR. How many miles is it to Kremmling?
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    There is a (23) on the FAA chart directly below the airway, noting the distance is 23 NM. On the Jeppesen chart, it's listed at 23.3 NM.

    There is a (23) on the FAA chart directly below the airway, noting the distance is 23 NM. On the Jeppesen chart, it's listed at 23.3 NM.

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  4. 4) How often does your pitot-static system need to be inspected for IFR flight?

    According to 91.411, you need to get your pitot-static system checked every 24 calendar months.

    According to 91.411, you need to get your pitot-static system checked every 24 calendar months.

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  5. 5) You're getting close to the missed approach point on the LOC RWY 25R approach to Daytona Beach, and you spot the approach lights, but not the runway. How low can you descend?
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    When you see the approach lights for your runway, you can descend to 100' above the touchdown zone, even if you're flying a non-precision approach.

    When you see the approach lights for your runway, you can descend to 100' above the touchdown zone, even if you're flying a non-precision approach.

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  6. 6) Which of these instruments does your plane NOT need for an IFR flight?

    Out of all the instruments listed, VSI is the only one not required under FAR 91.205 for IFR flight.

    Out of all the instruments listed, VSI is the only one not required under FAR 91.205 for IFR flight.

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Not bad, just keep working at it...

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Nice work, you could probably pass an instrument checkride today.

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Nice work, you could definitely pass an instrument checkride today.

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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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