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Quiz: See How Much You Know About STARs With These 6 Questions

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  1. 1) If you were going to file the BEREE1 arrival into KDFW in your flight plan with the PNUTS transition, what would you file and where?
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    You would put PNUTS.BEREE1 at the end of your route in the route section of the flight plan.

    You would put PNUTS.BEREE1 at the end of your route in the route section of the flight plan.

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  2. 2) The BEREE1 arrival is used when?
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    In the notes, it states that this arrival is used when DFW is operating in a south flow.

    In the notes, it states that this arrival is used when DFW is operating in a south flow.

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  3. 3) You are flying in a TBM 850 (turboprop) on an IFR flight plan to Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW). ATC instructs you to climb and maintain FL250 and to proceed direct POWND for the BEREE1 arrival (you didn't file this in your flight plan). Can you accept this clearance?
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    Unfortunately, due to the limitations placed on the arrival (turbojet only), you can't accept this arrival procedure.

    Unfortunately, due to the limitations placed on the arrival (turbojet only), you can't accept this arrival procedure.

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  4. 4) Ok, change of plans, you are now in a Gulfstream G650, with the same ATC clearance except they want you to hold at BEREE. You are at 280 knots at FL200. How much do you need to slow down in order to legally hold at this fix?
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    If you are above 14,000' MSL, the maximum holding speed is 265 knots. So, in order to hold at BEREE, you must slow down 15 knots. 

    If you are above 14,000' MSL, the maximum holding speed is 265 knots. So, in order to hold at BEREE, you must slow down 15 knots. 

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  5. 5) You're done holding. ATC says to descend via the BEREE1. What's the bottom altitude of the arrival?
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    The bottom altitude, which is always a hard altitude, is 11,000' MSL at DIETZ.

    The bottom altitude, which is always a hard altitude, is 11,000' MSL at DIETZ.

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  6. 6) Let's say you just crossed POWND at FL250 and 300 knots when ATC tells you to cross WARDZ at 12,000' and 250 knots. Are you responsible for meeting the altitude and speed restrictions at the fixes leading up to WARDZ?
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    If the STAR is a part of your filed routing, or ATC instructs you to "join the ZZZ arrival", you need to comply with the speeds published on the arrival, even if you aren't given a "descend via" clearance. The FAA's AIM 5-4-1 says, "published speed restrictions are independent of altitude restrictions and are mandatory unless modified by ATC. Pilots should plan to cross waypoints with a published speed restriction, at the published speed, and should not exceed this speed past the associated waypoint unless authorized by ATC or a published note to do so."

    If the STAR is a part of your filed routing, or ATC instructs you to "join the ZZZ arrival", you need to comply with the speeds published on the arrival, even if you aren't given a "descend via" clearance. The FAA's AIM 5-4-1 says, "published speed restrictions are independent of altitude restrictions and are mandatory unless modified by ATC. Pilots should plan to cross waypoints with a published speed restriction, at the published speed, and should not exceed this speed past the associated waypoint unless authorized by ATC or a published note to do so."

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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