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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Airport Lights

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  1. 1) If you're above glide path on a tri-color VASI, what color would you see?
    Question 2

    A tri-color VASI would emit an amber color if you were high on glide path.

    A tri-color VASI would emit an amber color if you were high on glide path.

    1. 2 - Amber
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    2. 2 - White
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    3. 2 - Green
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    1. 2 - Red
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    2. 2 - Blue
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    3. 2 - Yellow
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  2. 2) What's this lighting system called?
    Question 1

    This lighting system is called a PAPI, or Precision Approach Path Indicator.

    This lighting system is called a PAPI, or Precision Approach Path Indicator.

    1. 1 - VASI
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    2. 1 - Glide Indicator
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    3. 1 - ALSF
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    1. 1 - Slope Indicator
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    2. 1 - PAPI
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    3. 1 - REIL
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  3. 3) REIL lights can be found at:

    The Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) system provides rapid and positive identification of the end of the runway. The system consists of two synchronized, unidirectional flashing lights. The lights are positioned on each corner of the runway landing threshold, facing the approach area and aimed at an angle of 10 to 15 degrees.

    The Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) system provides rapid and positive identification of the end of the runway. The system consists of two synchronized, unidirectional flashing lights. The lights are positioned on each corner of the runway landing threshold, facing the approach area and aimed at an angle of 10 to 15 degrees.

    1. 3 - Runway Hold Short
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    2. 3 - Approach End
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    3. 3 - First 3k
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    1. 3 - Last 3k
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    2. 3 - Taxi
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    3. 3 - ILS
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  4. 4) If you see this, what is your approximate glide path?
    Question 4

    Three white dots indicates your approximate glide path is 3.2 degrees.

    Three white dots indicates your approximate glide path is 3.2 degrees.

    1. 4 - 3.5
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    2. 4 - 3.2
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    3. 4 - 3
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  5. 5) What color are touchdown zone lights?
    Question 5 John Murphy

    Touchdown zone lights are white.

    Touchdown zone lights are white.

    1. 5 - Blue
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    2. 5 - Red
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    3. 5 - White
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  6. 6) How far apart are runway centerline lights spaced?
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    Centerline lights are spaced 50 feet apart.

    Centerline lights are spaced 50 feet apart.

    1. 6 - 25
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    2. 6 - 50
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    3. 6 - 75
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    1. 6 - 100
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    2. 6 - 150
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    3. 6 - 200
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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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