Finding the right answer could win you a Pooley's flight guide
1 Numerous aeronautical abbreviations and acronyms contain combinations of the three letters A, R and S. Can you give the meanings of these? a ASR (two meanings for this) b RAS (two meanings) c RSA d SAR (two meanings) e SRA (two meanings)
2 Which of these is the most important of the factors that make airframe icing dangerous?
a ice’s very low coefficient of friction causes large reductions in parasite drag
b ice build-up on wings results in aerofoil section changes and possible asymmetric increases in lift
c rime ice build-up on cockpit windows reduces pilots’ visibility
d total weight increases, airframe drag increases, and lift decreases
3 What is the primary function of a ‘bus-bar’ on an aircraft?
a a mechanical link that ensures the movement of both ailerons is coordinated
b it couples together two (or more) electrical switches to make them operate simultaneously
c a distribution point for a number of electrical circuits
d a tool used to bleed air from hydraulic brake systems
4 If the pilot of a light aircraft with a POHrecommended touch-down speed of 50kt instead lands at 60kt, what difference will this make to the landing roll? a the landing roll will be increased by approx 45%
b there will be no appreciable difference in landing roll because induced drag at 60kt is much greater than at 50kt
c the landing roll will be increased by approx 20%
d the landing roll will be approx 25% shorter because of the increased drag
5 When measuring your track on a halfmillion aeronautical chart, why should you line your protractor up with a meridian somewhere around the midpoint of the track line?
a to avoid errors caused by magnetic variation
b because this gives a reasonably close average between the start and the finish of your track
c no real reason; it is just a convenient place to put it
d because it is only near the centre of a Mercator projection chart that the meridians are correctly aligned north/south 6 Taxying out from the apron you find yourself behind another aircraft/ vehicle moving more slowly than you wish to taxi. On which side are you permitted to overtake it?
a you must keep the other aircraft/vehicle to your right
b you may pass it on either side
c you are not permitted to overtake it at all
d you must keep it to your left
7 The North Coast 500 route is a major Scottish tourist attraction for motorists, bikers and walkers, and much of its spectacular scenery can also be enjoyed from a light aircraft. If, on a flight from say Kirkwall to Stornoway, you choose to fly along the coast between John o’groats and Cape Wrath, is it safer to fly over the sea or over land?
a best fly directly overhead the coastline
b over the sea
c over the land d either side, the choice is yours
8 What is the difference between ambient air temperature and dewpoint? a vapour pressure b relative humidity c spread d a constant 4.5° Celsius
9 Which of these chemical substances can be found in liquid form on board almost every GA light aircraft?
b HCL 3
c H SO
d NAOH 2 4