How air-brained are you?
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