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Quiz: Can You Answer These 6 Airport Operations Questions?

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How much do you really know about your airport?


  1. 1) What's the difference between a tetrahedron and a windsock?
    uark.edu

    Tetrahedrons can be manually set to show the preferred runway. Wind socks obviously can not.

    Tetrahedrons can be manually set to show the preferred runway. Wind socks obviously can not.

  2. 2) You're at a tower controlled airport, and you're getting taxi instructions from ground control. Is ATC required to give you runway crossing instructions if you're going to taxi across a runway that isn't being used?

    According to 91.129, at Class D airports, ATC gives you instructions to cross any runway, one at a time. And, if you're crossing multiple runways, you need to cross 1 runway before you'll get instructions to cross the next one.

    According to 91.129, at Class D airports, ATC gives you instructions to cross any runway, one at a time. And, if you're crossing multiple runways, you need to cross 1 runway before you'll get instructions to cross the next one.

  3. 3) Which of these is not an appropriate use of UNICOM?

    You should never rely on the FBO to close your flight plan for you. You should always contact flight service yourself to close your flight plan. All three other possibilities are ok.

    You should never rely on the FBO to close your flight plan for you. You should always contact flight service yourself to close your flight plan. All three other possibilities are ok.

  4. 4) Touchdown zone markers are spaced in _____ foot increments.
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    That's right, touchdown zone markers are spaced in 500 foot increments.

    Touchdown zone markers are spaced in 500 foot increments.

  5. 5) Ground control tells you to hold short of the runway. What symbol are you looking for?

    Yep, the runway hold short symbol is an alternating yellow and black marking.

    The runway hold short symbol is an alternating yellow and black marking.

  6. 6) What can you do in a non-movement area?
    FAA.gov

    You can taxi in a non-movement area without getting a taxi clearance from ground control.

    You can taxi in a non-movement area without getting a taxi clearance from ground control.

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