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The Hardest Airspace Quiz You'll Take This Week

Live from the Flight Deck

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  1. 1) As a non-instrument rated private pilot in an airplane, can you request an SVFR clearance to land at an airport after sunset?

    To request an SVFR clearance into an airport, you need to hold a private pilot certificate, and you can only operate SVFR between sunrise and sunset. To operate SVFR after sunset, you need to be qualified for instrument flight under FAR 61, and your aircraft needs to be equipped for instrument flight as well.

    To request an SVFR clearance into an airport, you need to hold a private pilot certificate, and you can only operate SVFR between sunrise and sunset. To operate SVFR after sunset, you need to be qualified for instrument flight under FAR 61, and your aircraft needs to be equipped for instrument flight as well.

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  2. 2) You're flying here at 18,000 feet MSL (blue arrow). What airspace are you in?

    Class A airspace starts at 18,000 feet MSL over the entire Contiguous United States.

    Class A airspace starts at 18,000 feet MSL over the entire Contiguous United States.

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  3. 3) You're flying into KSBA to land, and you're within 2 miles of the airport at 1,000 feet AGL. What's the maximum speed you can fly?

    When you are within 4 nautical miles and 2500' of the surface of a Class C airport, you are speed restricted to 200 knots.

    When you are within 4 nautical miles and 2500' of the surface of a Class C airport, you are speed restricted to 200 knots.

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  4. 4) You're in the mountains at 12,500 feet MSL, and you're 700 AGL in Class G airspace. What is your minimum required visibility during the day?

    Regardless of your MSL altitude, as long as you're 1,200 feet AGL and lower, your daytime visibility requirement is 1 SM.

    Regardless of your MSL altitude, as long as you're 1,200 feet AGL and lower, your daytime visibility requirement is 1 SM.

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  5. 5) You're flying in the same exact spot as question #4 at night. What's your minimum required visibility now?

    In this case, the visibility requirement bumps up to 3 SM.

    In this case, the visibility requirement bumps up to 3 SM.

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  6. 6) What altitude does Class A airspace extend to?

    Class A airspace extends to FL600 because every aircraft flying over 18,000' MSL must have their altimeter set to a standard pressure of 29.92. With pressure changes, the MSL altitude of FL600 may fluctuate, which is why all aircraft use a standard pressure setting.    

    Class A airspace extends to FL600 because every aircraft flying over 18,000' MSL must have their altimeter set to a standard pressure of 29.92. With pressure changes, the MSL altitude of FL600 may fluctuate, which is why all aircraft use a standard pressure setting.    

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  7. 7) Do you need a transponder to operate into KMCN?

    You don't need a transponder to operate in Class D airspace. And while KMCN lies within a Terminal Radar Service Area (TRSA), you aren't required to use the service.

    You don't need a transponder to operate in Class D airspace. And while KMCN lies within a Terminal Radar Service Area (TRSA), you aren't required to use the service.

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Yep, that was a pretty tough quiz.

You scored %. Keep working at it, and you'll have airspace down in no time.

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Nice work, that was a tough one.

You scored %. You're on your way to mastering airspace.

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Nailed it!

You scored %. That wasn't easy, and you pretty much flew through it.

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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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