Air-brained Quiz

Pilot - - CONTENTS - By James Al­lan

Get the an­swer right for a chance to win a Poo­ley's flight guide


The dif­fer­ence be­tween your Cor­rected Air Speed (CAS) and True Air Speed (TAS) is a de­pen­dent solely on air pres­sure b de­pen­dent solely on air tem­per­a­ture c de­pen­dent on air den­sity d con­stant, re­gard­less of am­bi­ent con­di­tions

2 An older, more ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lot tells some oth­ers that, pro­vided they main­tain strict VMC, they will never have any need to worry about air­frame ic­ing. Is this piece of advice

a true b false and why?


In a four-stroke pis­ton aero-en­gine, what is the stroke called that comes im­me­di­ately be­fore the com­pres­sion stroke? a power b ex­pan­sion c induction d ex­haust


Two iden­ti­cal Di­a­mond DA40 Di­a­mond Star air­craft taxi out for take­off. The first has full fuel tanks, a pi­lot and two pas­sen­gers on board while the sec­ond has less than half-full tanks and only one per­son, a slightly­built pi­lot on board. Which air­craft will

a have the longer ground roll on take­off?

b have the greater full-throt­tle rate of climb?

c stall in straight and level flight at the lower true air­speed?

d have the more for­ward cen­tre of grav­ity? 5 Pi­lot train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions known as Reg­is­tered Train­ing Fa­cil­i­ties (RTF) ceased to be recog­nised in law on 8 April 2019. Un­der what status do those that wish to con­tinue to of­fer pi­lot train­ing recog­nised by the CAA now have to op­er­ate? a RFS (Reg­is­tered Fly­ing School) b DTO (De­clared Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion)

c ATO (Approved Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion)

d APTS (Au­tho­rised Pi­lot Train­ing School)


While lis­ten­ing out on an R/T fre­quency (e.g. Lon­don In­for­ma­tion, Leem­ing MATZ or Lu­ton Ap­proach) you hear an­other air­craft con­tact the ground sta­tion and de­cide that you would like to pass a mes­sage to the pi­lot of this other air­craft. How best should you go about this?

a you are per­mit­ted to call the other air­craft di­rectly, pro­vided no other R/T com­mu­ni­ca­tions are in progress at the time

b you must re­quest and ob­tain prior permission from the ground sta­tion be­fore trans­mit­ting any mes­sage to the other air­craft

c di­rect air­craft-to-air­craft mes­sages are for­bid­den ex­cept in emergency sit­u­a­tions

d you must never com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly air­craft-to-air­craft on such fre­quen­cies; all such mes­sages must be re­layed via the ground sta­tion in­volved


In lat­i­tudes around the Bri­tish Isles and West­ern Europe, how does the wind at al­ti­tude com­pare with the sur­face wind?

a its strength is sim­i­lar to that of the sur­face wind but it has veered to the right

b it is stronger and blows from a sim­i­lar di­rec­tion to the sur­face wind

c it is stronger and has veered to the right

d it is stronger and has backed to the left


If a pi­lot has been af­fected by fac­tors such as un­fore­cast strong head­winds and cal­cu­lates that the us­able fuel avail­able when s/he lands at the near­est aero­drome where a safe land­ing can be made looks like be­ing less than the planned fi­nal re­serve fuel, what action should s/he take?

a call ATC and de­clare “G-**** min­i­mum fuel” b make an ur­gency “Pan-panPan” call

c ask ATC to in­form of any an­tic­i­pated de­lay

d use a “May­day-may­day-may­day” call to de­clare a fuel emergency


What air­craft are/were these? a WWII bomber and 1980s air­liner both known as ‘Fly­ing Pen­cil’

b 1930s air­liner de­scribed as be­ing ‘As safe as the Rock of Gi­bral­tar although not quite as fast’

c two naval air­craft known as the ‘String­bag’ and the ‘Shag­bat’

d and fi­nally three el­derly ladies: ‘Jenny’, ‘An­nie’ and ‘Lizzie’

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