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Can You Answer These 7 Holding Questions?

Everyone loves holding, right?!? What could be better than burning fuel flying a racetrack in the sky - and those entries can make your head hurt. Test your IFR skills with these 7 holding questions...


  1. 1) Standard holding patterns use:

    Awesome! A standard holding pattern uses right-hand turns.

    Incorrect. A standard holding pattern uses right-hand turns.

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  2. 2) When holding at 7,000' MSL, what's your maximum holding speed?

    Awesome! When you're above 6,000' MSL and at or below 14,000' MSL, you're limited to 230 KIAS in a holding pattern - unless you receive an exception from ATC.

    Incorrect. When you're above 6,000' MSL and at or below 14,000' MSL, you're limited to 230 KIAS in a holding pattern - unless you receive an exception from ATC.

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  3. 3) ATC clears you to fly a standard holding pattern at 12,000' MSL. How should you time the pattern?

    Awesome!  When holding at or below 14,000', you should fly your pattern so the inbound leg takes 1 minute.

    Incorrect.  When holding at or below 14,000', you should fly your pattern so the inbound leg takes 1 minute.

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  4. 4) You should slow to holding speed when you're how far from your holding fix?

    Awesome! You should reduce to holding speed when you're 3 minutes from the fix, and cross the fix at or below maximum holding speed.

    Incorrect. You should reduce to holding speed when you're 3 minutes from the fix, and cross the fix at or below maximum holding speed.

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  5. 5) You receive the following clearance: "Piper 3 Bravo Charlie, hold northeast over the Hugo VOR on the 045 radial, expect further clearance at 1845 Zulu." You're approaching Hugo on a 020 degree bearing. What entry should you fly?
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    Awesome! You should fly a teardrop entry.

    Incorrect. You should fly a teardrop entry.

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  6. 6) You receive the following clearance: "Cirrus 1 Bravo Delta, hold south as published over Casse, expect further clearance at 0230 Zulu." You're approaching Casse on a 190 degree bearing; what entry should you use?
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    Awesome! You should use a parallel entry.

    Incorrect. You should use a parallel entry.

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  7. 7) The wind is out of the north and you're holding east on the 090 radial from the BLD VOR. What should your pattern look like?

    Awesome!  You should fly a heading into the wind.  When you begin your inbound turn, the tailwind will increase your turn radius - but if your angle's right, you'll complete the turn as you intercept the inbound holding course. And the last answer is never right...

    Incorrect.  You should fly a heading into the wind.  When you begin your inbound turn, the tailwind will increase your turn radius - but if your angle's right, you'll complete the turn as you intercept the inbound holding course.  And the last answer is never right...

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Aleks Udris

Aleks is a Boldmethod co-founder and technical director. He's worked in safety and operations in the airline industry, and was a flight instructor and course manager for the University of North Dakota. You can reach him at aleks@boldmethod.com.

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