How air-brained are you?

Pilot - - QUIZ -

1 On which of these does the dif­fer­ence be­tween IAS and TAS de­pend?

a air den­sity b air tem­per­a­ture c al­ti­tude d air pres­sure

2 Your VOR re­ceiver is tuned to Ot­tring­ham VOR-DME (OTR 113.90 MHZ) and you are steer­ing a course of 130°(M). With the OBS set to 270° the VOR is in­di­cat­ing ‘FROM’ and the nee­dle is at full de­flec­tion left. Where are you?

a north of ra­dial 270° from OTR VOR b north of ra­dial 130° from OTR VOR c south of ra­dial 090° from OTR VOR d on ra­dial 130° from OTR VOR

3 Con­corde made its maiden flight from Toulouse, France fifty years ago this month, on 2 March 1969. The first Con­corde com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger ser­vice flown by Bri­tish Air­ways was from Lon­don (Heathrow) to Bahrain on 21 Jan­uary 1976. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously an Air France Con­corde took off from Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Which of these was the des­ti­na­tion of this first Air France com­mer­cial Con­corde ser­vice?

a New York (JFK) b Rio de Janeiro (Galeão In­ter­na­tional) c Cara­cas (Simón Bolí­var In­ter­na­tional) d Wash­ing­ton (Dulles In­ter­na­tional)

4 Most air­craft owner’s hand­books ad­vise pi­lots not to crank a hard-to-start pis­ton en­gine for a pro­tracted pe­riod but in­stead to limit crank­ing to a max­i­mum of about fif­teen sec­onds and then to wait for a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore mak­ing an­other at­tempt to start the en­gine. Why the time limit and wait­ing pe­riod?

a the bat­tery re­quires time to re­cover after be­ing drained by the starter mo­tor

b the en­gine re­quires time to re­cir­cu­late oil to the bear­ings

c ex­cess fuel has to dry out from the spark plugs in case the en­gine is over-primed

d the starter mo­tor needs time to cool to avoid over­heat­ing and pos­si­ble burn out

5 Which of these hap­pens when mois­ture con­denses out of sat­u­rated air?

a the tem­per­a­ture of the air rises b the tem­per­a­ture of the air re­mains con­stant c the tem­per­a­ture of the air falls d the rel­a­tive hu­mid­ity in­creases

6 Avi­a­tion makes use of var­i­ous parts of the ra­dio spec­trum for dif­fer­ent pur­poses. Which of the ser­vices listed (t to z) use these parts (a to g) of the spec­trum (round num­ber fre­quen­cies)?

a 108 MHZ to 118 MHZ b 1025 MHZ to 1150 MHZ c 190 khz to 415khz d 118 MHZ to 137 MHZ e 1575 MHZ f 75 MHZ g 329 MHZ to 335 MHZ t DME u marker bea­con re­ceiver v VHF com ra­dio w NDB x ILS glide path y VOR z GPS (L1 fre­quency)

7 Which of these in­stru­ments is the most use­ful to a pi­lot who is try­ing to cor­rectly ad­just the mix­ture?

a en­gine oil tem­per­a­ture gauge b car­bu­ret­tor air tem­per­a­ture gauge c out­side air tem­per­a­ture gauge (OAT) d ex­haust gas tem­per­a­ture gauge (EGT) e cylin­der head tem­per­a­ture gauge (CHT)

8 The world’s heav­i­est am­phib­ian made its maiden take­offs and land­ings on both land and wa­ter dur­ing 2018. What is it called?

a Bom­bardier 415 (Canadair CL-415) ‘Su­per­scooper’ wa­ter bomber b Beriev Be-200 c Harbin SH-5 d AVIC AG600

9 When com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween ATC and a pi­lot is dif­fi­cult, due per­haps to lan­guage or in­ter­fer­ence prob­lems, what phrase can be used to try to over­come the sit­u­a­tion?

a say again b please re­peat c words twice d speak slower

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