Air-brained Quiz

Pilot - - CONTENTS - By James Al­lan

Pit your knowl­edge against Pi­lot's quiz­mas­ter

1 As a change from work­ing just with GPS nav­i­ga­tion, a pi­lot is us­ing an ADF which is show­ing a Rel­a­tive Bear­ing of 0°. This means that the air­craft is point­ing...? a north b south c away from the NDB d to­wards the NDB


While taxy­ing from the apron to­wards the hold­ing point at an in­ter­na­tional air­port a ‘Fol­low Me’ ve­hi­cle with its sign il­lu­mi­nated ap­proaches you from your right. Which of you has pri­or­ity?

a nei­ther, be­cause Ground Con­trol will ad­vise by ra­dio

b you must yield right-of-way to the ve­hi­cle be­cause it may have been sent out to give you guid­ance

c the ‘Fol­low Me’ ve­hi­cle has pri­or­ity since it is ap­proach­ing from your right

d you have pri­or­ity 3 Which of the fol­low­ing is gen­er­ally recog­nised as hav­ing been the nois­i­est air­craft ever built?

a Avro Shack­le­ton b Boe­ing 727

c Avro Vulcan d Repub­lic XF-84H e Con­corde

f Rock­well B-1 Lancer g Eurofighte­r Typhoon


Which of these light air­craft com­po­nents op­er­ates about 80,000 times dur­ing each fly­ing hour and has to with­stand tem­per­a­tures of over 2,200°C, pres­sures of 2,000 psi and 24,000 volts?

a strobe light b spark plug c mag­neto coil d pis­ton ring


In the Nether­lands, Ice­land, Den­mark, Bel­gium and many other coun­tries, ICAO aero­drome codes and names are closely cor­re­lated: Eham=am­s­ter­dam; Ehmz=mid­den Zee­land; Birk=reyk­javik; Ekch=copen­hagen; Ebaw=antwerp etc. Else­where some codes seem de­lib­er­ately de­signed to con­fuse. Can you match these ICAO codes with their al­lo­cated UK aero­dromes? a EGLD






g EGPD t Leeds u Den­ham v Aberdeen w Prest­wick x Nor­wich y En­niskillen z Black­pool


When ap­proach­ing his des­ti­na­tion air­field, a pi­lot de­scended from his cruis­ing al­ti­tude of 4,500 feet QNH, where he had pre­vi­ously cor­rectly leaned the mix­ture, to cir­cuit height of 1,200 feet QNH with­out mov­ing the mix­ture con­trol. What ef­fect did that have on the mix­ture be­ing sup­plied to the en­gine? a none what­so­ever b the mix­ture be­came richer c the mix­ture be­came weaker 7 What is the ap­prox­i­mate nor­mal oper­at­ing speed range in knots of the air­craft fit­ted with this ASI?

a 90 to 200 knots

b 35 to 90 knots c 50 to 110 knots

d 50 to 145 knots 8 Which of the fol­low­ing is/are clas­si­fied as pre­ci­sion ap­proaches? a NDB ap­proach

b PAR ap­proach c VOR/DME ap­proach d SRA ap­proach

e ILS ap­proach 9 In Oc­to­ber 2019 Steve Slater’s ‘Open Cock­pit’ col­umn dealt with the ‘re­birth’ of the 100-year-old Junkers F.13 de­sign as a cer­ti­fied air­craft. What was the first name of the de­signer of the F.13?

a Otto

b Ernst

c Hugo

d Claude

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