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Quiz: Are You Ready For This IFR Flight To Salt Lake City?

Are you ready for this cross country?


  1. 1) You're planning a cross country in your Cessna 172 to Salt Lake City. The conditions at KSLC are forecast to be 4 SM visibility and 1700' overcast ceilings. Assuming you need an alternate, how much reserve fuel do you need to plan after you reach the alternate airport?
    Stem - 1 sandy.redding

    According to 91.167, you need to be able to complete the flight to the first airport of intended landing, fly to your alternate, then fly after that for 45 minutes at normal cruising speed.

    According to 91.167, you need to be able to complete the flight to the first airport of intended landing, fly to your alternate, then fly after that for 45 minutes at normal cruising speed.

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  2. 2) The alternate airport you choose has a VOR approach, and an NDB approach. To use the airport as an alternate, what is the minimum forecast weather at your planned alternate arrival time?
    stem-2 Brian Burger

    According to 91.169, alternate minimums for airports with non-precision approaches is 800' ceilings and 2 SM visibility.

    According to 91.169, alternate minimums for airports with non-precision approaches is 800' ceilings and 2 SM visibility.

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  3. 3) During your weather briefing the briefer tells you AIRMET SIERRA has been issued on your route of flight. What weather should you expect?
    Cessna 172 generalantilles

    Yep, AIRMET SIERRA indicates widespread IFR or mountain obscuration.

    Nice try. AIRMET SIERRA indicates widespread IFR or mountain obscuration.

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  4. 4) During preflight, you're looking through the VOR equipment log to make sure your VORs have been checked and are ready for your instrument flight. How recent does the previous VOR check need to be?
    Stem - 2 James Jones

    That's right, according to 91.171, the VOR needs to be checked within the preceding 30 days.

    Nice try. According to 91.171, the VOR needs to be checked within the preceding 30 days.

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  5. 5) As you approach Salt Lake City, you want to pick up ATIS. You look at your enroute chart, and dial in 124.75 into your radio. Did you dial the right frequency for ATIS?
    stem-5

    That's right, the (A) that precedes 124.75 indicates the ATIS frequency.

    That's right, the (A) that precedes 124.75 indicates the ATIS frequency.

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  6. 6) You've been cleared for the ILS RWY 16L. What is the lowest you can descend (MSL) before you see the approach lights or runway environment?
    stem-6

    Yep, the lowest you can descend on this approach before you see the approach lights or runway environment is 4,427' MSL.

    The lowest you can descend on this approach before you see the approach lights or runway environment is 4,427' MSL.

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  7. 7) You go missed and join the 341 degree radial of the FFU VOR. What altitude should you climb to, unless ATC instructs you otherwise?
    stem-6

    That's right, after joining the FFU 314 radial, you should climb to 10,000' MSL.

    Nice try. After joining the FFU 314 radial, you should climb to 10,000' MSL.

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Not bad, but spend a little more time preflight planning...

You scored %. Spend some more time in the flight planning room, and you'll be ready for this cross country in no time.


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Nice work, but bring a safety pilot just to be sure.

You scored %. You're ready for the flight, but it might not hurt to grab a safety pilot before you go.


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You've got this.

Congrats - you scored % You're ready for anything this cross country throws at you.


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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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