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Are you ready? Read through the questions below and click the bubble you believe to be the correct answer! We’ll give you feedback as you go and give you an explanation of the correct answer. 


When can you legally log instrument approaches for currency?

The correct answer is "When IMC conditions prevail until passing the FAF, or upon reaching DH/MDA when under the hood". The other answers are incorrect as they do not require the pilot to fly all segments of the approach (except for the missed approach), which is required in order to log the approach for currency.

You are instructed to enter a hold at 8,000′ MSL. What is your maximum holding speed?

The correct answer is "230 KIAS". Maximum holding speeds are as follows: At or below 14,000' MSL: 230 KIAS Above 14,000' MSL to 20,000' MSL: 240 KIAS 20,000' MSL to 34,000' MSL: 265 KIAS

On a standard six pack, which instrument(s) are gyroscopically driven?

The correct answer is "Attitude Indicator, Heading Indicator, and Turn Coordinator". All three instruments are gyroscopically driven. The gyro for the turn coordinator is powered electrically, as compared to the Attitude and Heading Indicator which are powered by the aircraft's vacuum pump to promote redundancy.

As you begin your descent, you notice your altimeter and vertical speed indicators are not changing. From this you may conclude that:

The correct answer is "Your static port has frozen over, and your actual airspeed will be lower than indicated". As you begin your descent with a frozen static port, your airspeed indicator cannot correct for the trapped static pressure. Therefore, as you descend and more ram air is pushed through the pitot tube, your actual airspeed will be lower than that indicated.

For an instrument airplane, the following inspections are required every 24 calendar months:

The correct answer is "ELT, Transponder, Mode C Altitude Encoder, and Static System". Per 91.413, an inspection of a Transponder is required every 24 calendar months. In addition to this, airplanes operated under Instrument flight must have both the Mode C Altitude Encoder and Static system checked as per FAR 91.411.

A Mode C Altitude Encoder reports the aircraft’s:

The correct answer is "Pressure Altitude". A mode C capable Transponder with an Altitude Encoder does not rely on, nor is it connected to, your altimeter. Software built into ATC's radar system converts the pressure altitude reported by the aircraft by applying the local altimeter setting. This reduces the possibility of a midair due to a faulty or incorrectly calibrated altimeter, or an incorrect barometric pressure setting.
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