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Quiz: Are You Ready For An Aircraft Emergency?

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When things go wrong, are you prepared?


  1. 1) You smell what you think is an electrical fire. You're following the emergency checklist, and it tells you to turn the Master switch (ALT and BAT) "OFF". Will your engine keep running when you turn the Master switch off?

    Aircraft electrical systems and ignition systems are completely separate. If you turn off the master switch, your engine will keep running, because your spark plugs are powered by magnetos.

    Aircraft electrical systems and ignition systems are completely separate. If you turn off the master switch, your engine will keep running, because your spark plugs are powered by magnetos.

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  2. 1) You're flying when you hear a loud "BANG", and your engine quits. What airspeed should you pitch for?

    When your engine quits, you want to pitch for your best glide speed, which will give you the most glide range.

    When your engine quits, you want to pitch for your best glide speed, which will give you the most glide range.

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  3. 3) You're practicing a power-on stall and inadvertently enter a spin. What should you do with your ailerons as you recover from the spin?

    Using ailerons in a spin can make it worse, or possibly even cause you to start spinning in the opposite direction as you recover. Holding ailerons neutral and using the rudder and elevator to recover is most often the recommended procedure.

    Using ailerons in a spin can make it worse, or possibly even cause you to start spinning in the opposite direction as you recover. Holding ailerons neutral and using the rudder and elevator to recover is most often the recommended procedure.

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  4. 4) Your RPM is dropping, and you think it's because of carb ice. You turn carb heat on, and the engine starts running extremely rough. What should you do?

    If you have carb ice, turning on carb heat will start melting the ice and running it through your engine. That will cause the engine to run extremely rough, but keep the carb heat ON. Eventually, all the ice will melt, and you'll be back to normal engine performance.

    If you have carb ice, turning on carb heat will start melting the ice and running it through your engine. That will cause the engine to run extremely rough, but keep the carb heat ON. Eventually, all the ice will melt, and you'll be back to normal engine performance.

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  5. 5) Your mic is stuck on, and you can't fix it. You turn your radio off so you aren't stepping on other aircraft and ATC. What transponder code should you squawk to notify ATC your radio has failed?

    Squawking 7600 notifies ATC that you've lost radio comm, and they'll start preparing to move aircraft out of your way so you can safely land.

    Squawking 7600 notifies ATC that you've lost radio comm, and they'll start preparing to move aircraft out of your way so you can safely land.

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  6. 6) You're on a winter training flight, and you're using the aircraft's heater. You and your instructor both start feeling sick (upset stomach). What should you do?

    If you start feeling sick when the heater is running, chances are you're getting carbon monoxide poisoning from a leaky heater shroud. Immediately turn off the heater and open all the vents to get fresh air into the cabin.

    If you start feeling sick when the heater is running, chances are you're getting carbon monoxide poisoning from a leaky heater shroud. Immediately turn off the heater and open all the vents to get fresh air into the cabin.

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Not bad, but keep practicing your emergencies.

You scored % Better luck next time.

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You have most of these emergencies down...

You scored % Not bad.

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You're pretty much an aircraft emergency expert.

You scored %. Well done!

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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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