ATC: Air Traffic Controller Entry Test! Trivia Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The letters A, U, P, D, & I would be translated in the phonetic alphabet to what words in the ATC world?

    • A.

      Alpha, Ultra, Papa, Delta, & India

    • B.

      Alpha, Uniform, Papaya, Delta, & India

    • C.

      Alpha, Uniform, Papa, Delta, & India

    Correct Answer
    C. Alpha, Uniform, Papa, Delta, & India
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Alpha, Uniform, Papa, Delta, & India." In the phonetic alphabet used in ATC (Air Traffic Control), each letter is represented by a specific word to avoid confusion and ensure clear communication. In this case, A is represented by "Alpha," U by "Uniform," P by "Papa," D by "Delta," and I by "India."

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  • 2. 

    What are the ONLY five different ATC positions that you would tell an aircraft to go to if you were in the tower?

    • A.

      Ground, Departure, & Approach, Clearance Delivery, Tower

    • B.

      Ground, Clearance Delivery, & Tower, Center, Ocean,

    • C.

      Departure, Approach, & Tower, Center, Airsapce

    Correct Answer
    A. Ground, Departure, & Approach, Clearance Delivery, Tower
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ground, Departure, & Approach, Clearance Delivery, Tower. These are the five different ATC positions that an aircraft would be directed to go to if the controller was in the tower. Ground control is responsible for aircraft movements on the ground, Departure control handles aircraft departing the airport, Approach control manages aircraft approaching the airport, Clearance Delivery provides clearances and instructions to pilots before departure, and the Tower controller oversees all aircraft movements in the immediate vicinity of the airport.

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  • 3. 

    Why do air traffic controllers often work over 40 hours per week? Answer: b) Federal regulations Explanation: Air traffic controllers often work over 40 hours per week due to federal regulations mandating shifts of 10 hours and requiring a minimum nine-hour break between shifts. This is designed to ensure safety and prevent fatigue-related issues in the crucial role of air traffic control.

    • A.

      Voluntary overtime

    • B.

      Federal regulations

    • C.

      Flexible work schedules

    • D.

      Short shifts

    Correct Answer
    B. Federal regulations
    Explanation
    Air traffic controllers often work over 40 hours per week due to federal regulations mandating shifts of 10 hours and requiring a minimum nine-hour break between shifts. This is designed to ensure safety and prevent fatigue-related issues in the crucial role of air traffic control.

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  • 4. 

    Can a ground controller clear an aircraft for takeoff?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    A ground controller is responsible for controlling aircraft movements on the ground, including taxiing. However, the authority to clear an aircraft for takeoff lies with the air traffic controller in the tower. The ground controller's role is limited to providing instructions for taxiing and ensuring the aircraft's safety on the ground. Therefore, a ground controller cannot clear an aircraft for takeoff.

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  • 5. 

    How many miles out does an approach controller receive an aircraft from a center controller?

    • A.

      40 miles

    • B.

      50 miles

    • C.

      30 miles

    Correct Answer
    A. 40 miles
    Explanation
    An approach controller receives an aircraft from a center controller at a distance of 40 miles. This distance allows the approach controller enough time and space to safely guide the aircraft towards the airport for landing. It gives the approach controller sufficient time to coordinate with other controllers and prepare for the aircraft's arrival.

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  • 6. 

    How many miles out does a departure controller have before he gives the aircraft over to the center controller?

    • A.

      20 miles out

    • B.

      40 miles out

    • C.

      50 miles out

    Correct Answer
    B. 40 miles out
    Explanation
    A departure controller has 40 miles out before giving the aircraft over to the center controller. This means that the departure controller is responsible for guiding the aircraft during its initial climb and ensuring a safe departure from the airport until it reaches a distance of 40 miles from the airport. At that point, the center controller takes over and assumes responsibility for the aircraft's further journey.

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  • 7. 

    If an aircraft misses the approach and has to go around, would he stay with tower, go to departure, or go to approach?

    • A.

      Tower

    • B.

      Approach

    • C.

      Departure

    Correct Answer
    C. Departure
    Explanation
    If an aircraft misses the approach and has to go around, it would go to the departure. This is because the departure controller is responsible for handling aircraft that are departing from the airport's airspace. When an aircraft misses the approach, it is no longer in the approach phase and needs to be guided by the departure controller to ensure a safe departure from the airport's airspace.

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  • 8. 

    If an aircraft asks for a high-speed taxi, what is the max speed limit that is allowed?

    • A.

      30 knots

    • B.

      35 knots

    • C.

      40 knots

    Correct Answer
    C. 40 knots
    Explanation
    When an aircraft requests a high-speed taxi, the maximum speed limit allowed is 40 knots. This means that the aircraft is permitted to taxi on the ground at a speed of up to 40 knots.

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  • 9. 

    Minneapolis Approach, Orbit 1298 with you 6,000 descending 3,500. What would Minneapolis Approach say back to Orbit 1298 first? 

    • A.

      Orbit 1298 roger, altimeter 29.92

    • B.

      Orbit 1298 roger, winds are 10 @ 6 knots

    • C.

      Orbit 1298 roger, continue descending to 3,500

    Correct Answer
    A. Orbit 1298 roger, altimeter 29.92
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Orbit 1298 roger, altimeter 29.92." This is the appropriate response from Minneapolis Approach to Orbit 1298's initial transmission. It acknowledges Orbit 1298's message and provides the altimeter setting of 29.92, which is a standard setting used for measuring altitude.

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  • 10. 

    What is the shortest distance than an aircraft is allowed to be next to another aircraft on approach to the runway?

    • A.

      2 miles

    • B.

      3 miles

    • C.

      4 miles

    Correct Answer
    C. 4 miles
    Explanation
    The shortest distance that an aircraft is allowed to be next to another aircraft on approach to the runway is 4 miles. This distance is important for maintaining safe separation between aircraft and reducing the risk of collisions. By keeping a minimum distance of 4 miles, pilots and air traffic controllers can ensure that there is enough space for each aircraft to maneuver and land safely.

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