Ex. 6 - Straight And Level Flight

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  • 1. 
    What is the purpose of an elevator trim tab?
    • A. 

      It allows you to change the plane's pitch attitude without handling the yoke.

    • B. 

      It allows you to "trim off" the control pressure, so you don't have to continuously pull or push on the yoke.

    • C. 

      It allows you to "trim off" the rudder pressure, so that you can fly coordinated (i.e., ball in the centre of Turn & Bank Coordinator), so you don't have to continuously push on a rudder pedal.

    • D. 

      It's basically another word for autopilot -- it keeps your altitude while you fly "hands-off".

  • 2. 
    A plane is in straight and level flight when it's maintaining (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Constant heading

    • B. 

      Constant altitude

    • C. 

      Constant angle of bank (0-30 degrees)

    • D. 

      Zero angle of bank

  • 3. 
    You are flying straight and level, at a normal cruise power setting, in a perfectly trimmed out plane, in ideal weather conditions. Next you pull the throttle back, reducing power by 200 rpm. What will the plane do?
    • A. 

      The plane will stay at the same altitude, but will slow down by about 10 knots.

    • B. 

      The plane will stall (basically stop flying and start dropping).

    • C. 

      The plane will descend at the same (or about the same) airspeed as before.

    • D. 

      The plane will be gliding.

  • 4. 
    The plane is in a nose-up attitude. Which of the following could be happening? (Select all that apply)
    • A. 

      It's climbing.

    • B. 

      It's maintaining altitude.

    • C. 

      It's descending.

  • 5. 
    Which rudder pedal will you need to "step on" if you add power?
    • A. 

      Right, because the propeller rotates clockwise from the pilot's point of view, and so the propwash strikes the fin on the left.

    • B. 

      Right, because the propeller rotates clockwise from the pilot's point of view, and so the propwash strikes the fin on the right.

    • C. 

      Left, because the propeller rotates clockwise from the pilot's point of view, and so the propwash strikes the fin on the left.

    • D. 

      Left, because the propeller rotates clockwise from the pilot's point of view, and so the propwash strikes the fin on the right.

  • 6. 
    Why do you need both a compass and a heading indicator in the plane?
    • A. 

      The compass is unreliable in extreme northern latitudes because of the magnetic dip, but the heading indicator is not affected by it because it senses true north, not magnetic north.

    • B. 

      The compass is difficult to read in turbulence, and magnetic dip cases it to read erroneously during some turns and acceleration/deceleration.

    • C. 

      You don't really need the heading indicator during normal flight. It's just a back-up in case the compass fails.

    • D. 

      You don't really need the compass normally. It is just a back-up in case the heading indicator fails.

  • 7. 
    What are the advantages of a heading indicator (select all that apply):
    • A. 

      HI is self-contained -- does not need an external power source

    • B. 

      HI does not experience acceleration/deceleration and turning errors

    • C. 

      HI is easier to read in turbulence

    • D. 

      HI will seek true north, not magnetic north

    • E. 

      HI has an intuitive interface, unlike the most common compass design which appears to "reverse" directions

    • F. 

      HI is has a more simple construction than a compass, and is thus more reliable

  • 8. 
    What are the steps for reducing airspeed during straight and level flight? (Assume all choices include proper rudder pressure to prevent yaw.)
    • A. 

      Reduce power - Lower nose to maintain altitude - Retrim

    • B. 

      Reduce power - Raise nose to maintain altitude - Retrim

    • C. 

      Raise the nose - Reduce power - Retrim

    • D. 

      Reduce power - Retrim for nose-up attitude

  • 9. 
    What are the steps for increasing airspeed during straight and level flight. (Assume all choices include proper rudder pressure to prevent yaw.)
    • A. 

      Add power - Retrim (only necessary if plane wasn't trimmed out properly)

    • B. 

      Lower the nose - Add power - Retrim

    • C. 

      Full power - Lower nose to prevent climb - Retrim

    • D. 

      Add power - Push forward on the yoke to prevent climb - Retrim

  • 10. 
    Your plane was at cruise attitude, flying straight and level at a normal cruise power setting. Then you slowed it down by 10 knots, maintaining the same altitude. What's the plane's pitch attitude now?
    • A. 

      Lower than cruise attitude

    • B. 

      Same as cruise attitude

    • C. 

      Higher than cruise attitude