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Quiz: 6 Private Pilot Checkride Questions

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Could you pass a private pilot checkride today?


  1. 1) Your airport's field elevation is 15' MSL. The barometric pressure is 29.92 in Hg (your aircraft's altimeter is set to this). Later in the day, the pressure increases to 30.10 in Hg. If you don't change your aircraft's altimeter setting and it still is set at 29.92, what will your altimeter read?

    Every inch in barometric pressure is 1,000'. So, if you take the old altimeter setting and subtract the new altimeter setting, you get a difference in -0.18 in Hg. Multiply that by 1,000' and you get a change in -180'. If the field elevation is 15', subtracting -180 from it means the altimeter in your aircraft would read -165' MSL.

    Every inch in barometric pressure is 1,000'. So, if you take the old altimeter setting and subtract the new altimeter setting, you get a difference in -0.18 in Hg. Multiply that by 1,000' and you get a change in -180'. If the field elevation is 15', subtracting -180 from it means the altimeter in your aircraft would read -165' MSL.

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  2. 2) You are asked to explain what Autokinesis is, so you say...

    Autokinesis is a visual illusion in which a stationary light surrounded by a blank, dark background appears to move. When you look at a small light with a blank backdrop, your eye (without you knowing) rapidly moves in an attempt to gather more details about what it's looking at. Since there's a lack of detail, the rapid eye movement ends up tricking you into thinking the light is actually moving.

    Autokinesis is a visual illusion in which a stationary light surrounded by a blank, dark background appears to move. When you look at a small light with a blank backdrop, your eye (without you knowing) rapidly moves in an attempt to gather more details about what it's looking at. Since there's a lack of detail, the rapid eye movement ends up tricking you into thinking the light is actually moving.

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  3. 3) This abnormal action causes the fuel/air mixture to rapidly combust rather than slowly burning. What is this called?

    Detonation is a microexplosion of the fuel/air mixture in the engine. A few reasons for this occurring are excessive heat in the cylinder, inaccurate ignition timing, and using the wrong octane of fuel in the engine.

    Detonation is a microexplosion of the fuel/air mixture in the engine. A few reasons for this occurring are excessive heat in the cylinder, inaccurate ignition timing, and using the wrong octane of fuel in the engine.

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  4. 4) An aircraft will always stall at the same ________.

    An aircraft will always stall at the same angle of attack regardless of speed, pitch attitude, or load factor.

    An aircraft will always stall at the same angle of attack regardless of speed, pitch attitude, or load factor.

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  5. 5) Your examiner asks you what the primary difference is between restricted areas and warning areas, so you tell them...

    According to the Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, restricted and warning areas are essentially identical in terms of their purpose/function, however, warning areas are not overseen solely by the United States like restricted areas are.

    According to the Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, restricted and warning areas are essentially identical in terms of their purpose/function, however, warning areas are not overseen solely by the United States like restricted areas are.

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  6. 6) You are 28 years old, you get a first-class medical, and you only use it for private pilot privileges. How long is it valid for?

    A first-class medical, under the age of 40, used with private pilot privileges is valid for 60 months. Read more about medical duration under FAR/AIM 61.23.

    A first-class medical, under the age of 40, used with private pilot privileges is valid for 60 months. Read more about medical duration under FAR/AIM 61.23.

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I'd give that one another go...

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You can do better than that...

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Aced.

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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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