Christ­mas and New Year Quiz

Pilot - - CONTENTS - By James Al­lan

More en­ter­tain­ing ques­tions and the chance to win a Run­wayhd ipad app

1

In the world of avi­a­tion, to what do the fol­low­ing terms re­fer? a cathe­dral b pan­cake c apron d ditch

2

The names of these air­craft com­pa­nies were all de­rived from the sur­names of their founders. What were the fore­names of these peo­ple? a de Hav­il­land b Beechcraft c Messer­schmitt d Fournier e Cessna f Ex­tra g Grum­man

3

Gone but not for­got­ten; or are they? Which are the cities that were at one time served by air­ports which had the fol­low­ing names? a Ren­frew b Tem­pel­hof c Long­town d Long­man e Splott f Nutts Cor­ner

4

Avi­a­tion is awash with acronyms and abbreviati­ons. Which of the fol­low­ing do you know? a SOP b STOL c STC d SERA e SNECMA f SIGMET

5

In the early days of air­line fly­ing, pi­lots and other air­crew did not wear uni­forms but dressed in nor­mal civil­ian cloth­ing. In which of these coun­tries was the air­line based which in­tro­duced the idea of dressing its air­crew in uni­form? a Aus­tralia b USA c Ger­many d UK e Swe­den f France

6

Was the main­land of the United States of Amer­ica ever at­tacked from the air dur­ing WWII and, if so, how were these bomb­ing at­tacks car­ried out? a in­cen­di­ary bombs were dropped on Ore­gon from Ja­panese air­craft op­er­at­ing from a sub­ma­rine b the north-east coast near Bos­ton was bombed by a Dornier Do 217 which had been car­ried ‘piggy-back’ across the At­lantic by a Heinkel He 177. (Af­ter the raid the Do 217 touched down in the sea close to a U-boat which fer­ried the crew back to Ger­many) c var­i­ous parts of the USA (and Canada) were at­tacked by ex­plo­sive frag­men­ta­tion bombs mounted un­der hy­dro­gen bal­loons and car­ried from Ja­pan across the Pacific by the jet stream. d V1 fly­ing bombs were launched from U-boats off the coast of Ge­or­gia and Florida e Main­land USA was never bombed

dur­ing WWII 7 Many strut-braced high-wing Cessna sin­gles have for­ward­fac­ing fuel vents mounted closely right be­hind a wing strut. Why are they placed in this po­si­tion? a to in­crease air pres­sure af­fect­ing the tank b to de­crease air pres­sure af­fect­ing the tank c to pre­vent wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion of the fuel d to pro­tect the vent from dam­age dur­ing air­craft main­te­nance

8

What were the names given by the Bri­tish to the air­craft bet­ter known in Amer­ica as the fol­low­ing? a T-6 Texan b B-29 Su­per­fortress c B-34 Lex­ing­ton d Waco CG-4A 9 One fa­mous Amer­i­can com­mer­cial air­liner flew in pro­to­type form in 1938 with a sin­gle fin and rud­der (not the one above) but all 21 pro­duc­tion ver­sions were built with three fins. The 1938 pro­to­type of an­other air­liner (also Amer­i­can) had three ver­ti­cal fins but was put into pro­duc­tion with a sin­gle fin and rud­der. Which air­lin­ers were these?

11 The Boe­ing 747 is un­usual among pas­sen­ger air­lin­ers in hav­ing its flight deck lo­cated in a hump above the main cabin, sim­i­lar to flight decks of the ear­lier Bris­tol Type 170 and the ATL-98 Car­vair. What was the rea­son for this con­fig­u­ra­tion? a it gave the pi­lots the best field of view from the cock­pit b this pro­vided space for crew sleep­ing

quar­ters on long flightsc to fa­cil­i­tate con­ver­sion of pas­sen­ger 747s into freighter air­craft d to free up more space for first class pas­sen­gers

12

The first of Lock­heed-martin’s new GPS III satel­lites is due for launch in 2018. As well as broad­cast­ing a sig­nal com­pat­i­ble with other GNSS such as Galileo, with which of the fol­low­ing fea­tures are these new satel­lites equipped? a laser pro­tec­tion b nu­clear det­o­na­tion de­tec­tion c anti-jam­ming ca­pa­bil­ity d Search and Res­cue equip­ment e nu­clear ra­di­a­tion pro­tec­tion

13

Most read­ers will know that the boy’s name ‘Ge­orge’ was the name for an au­topi­lot and are aware of the avi­a­tion mean­ing of ‘Roger’ but what about the avi­a­tion con­nec­tions of some of these girls’ names? a Freda b Nan c Madge d Vir­ginia e Juliet f Hasel g Pru­dence h Kate

14

Many air­lines have had the names that de­rive from their ini­tials des­e­crated by al­legedly hu­mor­ous al­ter­na­tives such as BA be­ing “Bloody Aw­ful” and TWA “The Worst Air­line”. What are/were the pop­u­lar joke al­ter­na­tives for these cur­rent and de­funct air­lines? a Bri­tish Mid­land (bmi) b El Al Air­lines c Sabena (for­mer Bel­gian Air­line) d Qan­tas e Air Por­tu­gal (TAP) f Swiss g Bri­tish Over­seas Air­ways Cor­po­ra­tion (BOAC) h Al­i­talia

15

Dur­ing pi­lot train­ing, a great deal of time is spent an­tic­i­pat­ing an en­gine fail­ure – prac­tis­ing forced land­ings with­out power, EFATO, asym­met­ric fly­ing on twins, look­ing out dur­ing cross-coun­try flights for places to land in case of en­gine fail­ure and so on. For ap­prox­i­mately how many years would a forty-hours per year pri­vate pi­lot have to fly be­fore, sta­tis­ti­cally, he/she should ex­pe­ri­ence a fail­ure of a pis­ton en­gine (ex­clud­ing mis­takes of their own, like run­ning out of fuel)? a twelve years b twenty years c fifty years d 500 years e 5,000 years f 10,000 years

16

An ana­gram­matic ques­tion for our crossword en­thu­si­ast read­ers. a this UK air­port has an in­door hob (5,4) b ev­ery aero­plane has a fer­ry­ing veto act, but it keeps mov­ing about (6,2,7) c get this scrawny aerial ace be­fore en­ter­ing con­trolled airspace (7,9) d pigs boating mo­tion­lessly of­ten re­quire just three let­ters (6,11,6) e lump gun poli­cies to as­sist en­gine start­ing (7,8)

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