Air-brained Quiz

A bumper set of ques­tions to test your knowl­edge, and win a Run­wwayhd app

Pilot - - CONTENTS - By James Al­lan

Di­vided by a com­mon lan­guage? What are the terms nor­mally used by Amer­i­can pi­lots and en­gi­neers for the items fre­quently re­ferred to in Great Bri­tain as: a un­der­car­riage b coarse pitch set­ting c main­plane d tailplane e half-mil­lion chart f ice pel­lets

Which of these avi­a­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions will be­come seventy years old in 2017? a Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion b UK Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity c In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion d In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion In which city is the Gulfstream G280 busi­ness jet built? a Sa­van­nah, Georgia, USA b São José dos Cam­pos, São Paulo

State, Brazil c Tel Aviv, Is­rael d Dal­las, Texas USA e Mon­treal, Canada

It was well known to the Ger­man de­sign­ers of Zep­pelin air­ships that non-flammable he­lium was a much safer gas than the highly-flammable hy­dro­gen, which they used in all air­ships and which burned in the dis­as­trous ac­ci­dent that be­fell the LZ129 Hin­den­burg at Lake­hurst, New Jer­sey in 1937. Why was hy­dro­gen used at that time in all Ger­man air­ships? a it was less ex­pen­sive than he­lium b there was no source for he­lium avail­able to

Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­ers c hy­dro­gen pro­vided a greater lift than he­lium d the Zep­pelin de­sign­ers be­lieved that the

risk of fire was min­i­mal

As an air­ship gains al­ti­tude the he­lium (like any other gas) ex­pands as at­mo­spheric pres­sure re­duces. What pre­vents the ex­pand­ing he­lium from over-pres­suris­ing and dam­ag­ing the en­ve­lope or struc­ture of the air­ship? a some he­lium is vented to at­mos­phere

as re­quired b tem­per­a­ture change com­pen­sates for

pres­sure change c air­ships are strong enough to with­stand the

ex­pan­sion forces d the air­ship vents a gas other than he­lium

A Eurofighte­r Ty­phoon is leav­ing a con­trail across a clear blue sky as it cruises at FL320 on a head­ing of 180°(T). It is fly­ing at Mach 0.91 (ap­prox­i­mately 520 knots) and the wind at FL320 is 90 knots from 270°M. In which di­rec­tion does the con­trail be­ing formed by the Ty­phoon ap­pear to be aligned, as seen by an ob­server on the ground? a ap­prox­i­mately 15° west of south b ap­prox­i­mately 15° east of south c due south d in­suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion is given here to

cal­cu­late this

Which is the best and most prac­ti­cal way for a pilot to pro­tect him­self or her­self against hy­drom­e­te­ors?

You are pulling up from level flight in a clas­sic aer­o­batic type like a Stampe or Zlin Trener when, as the air­craft reaches the ver­ti­cal po­si­tion, you quickly push the stick fully for­ward and si­mul­ta­ne­ously ap­ply max­i­mum and op­po­site rud­der and aileron. What is the re­sult­ing ma­noeu­vre called? a in­verted spin b lom­covàk c bunt d tail-slide

Who wrote what? Can you match the avi­a­tion writ­ers with the works they wrote? a Ernest Gann b John Magee c An­toine de Saint-ex­upéry d Har­ald Pen­rose e Wolf­gang Langewi­esche f Guy Gib­son g Cecil Lewis hA C Ker­mode s Airy­mouse t Sagittariu­s Ris­ing u Me­chan­ics of Flight v High Flight w En­emy Coast Ahead x Stick and Rud­der y Fate is the Hunter z Wind, Sand and Stars What is the mean­ing of this sym­bol: on a UK Low Level Met Fore­cast Chart? a heavy rain b hail c freezing fog d mod­er­ate

tur­bu­lence The air­craft shown in pho­to­graphs A to H were built in dif­fer­ent eras by dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, were de­signed for dif­fer­ent types of fly­ing, and have dif­fer­ent types of power unit. Yet they all have one fea­ture in com­mon. What is it? Be­fore an air­craft de­parts from its base, the al­time­ter is set to read zero at aero­drome el­e­va­tion. If baro­met­ric pres­sure at the base falls at the rate of 1hpa per hour, what will be the true height of the air­craft when the al­time­ter reads 1,000 feet upon re­turn over base af­ter a six-hour flight? a 820ft b 1,180ft c 1,000ft d 940ft

Fi­nally, four ex­tra ques­tions just for a bit of sea­sonal fun — the Quiz­mas­ter leaves it to you to de­cide which are the cor­rect an­swers!

While just five miles out from Hog­warts Air­port at 2,500ft on the QNH in per­fect VMC and with the field clearly vis­i­ble, you hear Hog­warts Ap­proach in­form an­other in­bound air­craft about “six-ok­tas stra­tus at 800 feet.” What should you do? a sug­gest to Ap­proach that they should take

a look out of the win­dow b have your al­time­ter cal­i­bra­tion checked

asap c with as smug a voice as you can man­age, call Ap­proach and say “Over­head VRP Gryffindor, 2,500ft on 1018, in good Victor Mike with field in sight” d make an anonymous call “You can’t ever

be­lieve a word of what some peo­ple say”

You booked a one-hour dual flight with an in­struc­tor at the Supreme School of Fly­ing at Mud­bank-on-sea air­field a week ago. You texted them yes­ter­day to con­firm and they replied that the book­ing for 1400 was still OK. You ar­rive at the school at 1300. At what time do you get air­borne? a at 1520, af­ter the in­struc­tor fin­ishes

his sand­wiches b the fol­low­ing week, be­cause the air­craft has

gone un­ser­vice­able again c some­time... if you are lucky d never... if you are even luck­ier

What are the cor­rec­tion fac­tors that should be em­ployed in order to ob­tain: a ac­tual cruis­ing speed at 75% power, from

the fig­ure given in the POH b in­voiced cost for in­stal­la­tion of 8.33khz ra­dio, from the es­ti­mate the work­shop gave you c true vis­i­bil­ity at your des­ti­na­tion, from the

fig­ure given in the METAR d length of time it takes to re­fuel, from the

ur­gency of your need to get air­borne

You are pi­lot­ing a Cir­rus SR22 and have com­pleted your checks at the hold­ing point for Run­way 24 at Lu­cra­tive Air­port. You re­port ready for de­par­ture and the Tower replies, “Hold po­si­tion, there is an Air­bus 319 at six-mile fi­nal on an ILS ap­proach.” What should be your re­sponse? a “Wilco, Tower; we are en­joy­ing the scenery

here” b “Un­der­stood, I would hate my wake

tur­bu­lence to up­set his touch-down” c “Do you re­alise this de­lay is go­ing to cost

me the thick end of £20?” d “The girl work­ing the Tower yes­ter­day would have let at least three planes take off be­fore the bloody Air­bus even comes into sight”

Slingsby T-67M Miles M-39B

Q3 G280 built in which city?

Dornier Do12 Fly­ing Boat

Piper L-4H

de Hav­il­land DH90

Fol­land (Hawker Sid­de­ley) Fo144

Mc­don­nel Dou­glas F/A-18

Brit­ten-nor­man BN-3 Nymph

Cessna OA-37B

de Hav­il­land DH98

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