May 2010 Aviation Quiz

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May 2010 Aviation Quiz

This quiz is the first in a series of monthly aviation knowledge quizzes that hopefully will be informative and fun. It is self grading and the 11 questions in this first quiz were thought up off the top of my head. ;-) If you'd like to make up your own 10 question quiz to have posted here, send your questions (and all of your choices for answers) to [email protected] Net. If your quiz is selected, you will be given credit for having "thunk it up. " Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Select from the following choices the answer that is NOT one of the four forces acting on an aircraft in flight.
    • A. 

      Thrust

    • B. 

      Speed

    • C. 

      Drag

    • D. 

      Lift

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      156 knots, as your groundspeed is not affected by wind

    • B. 

      184 knots, as wind and true airspeed is additive

    • C. 

      128 knots, because TAS minus headwind component = GS

    • D. 

      Cannot determine from the data given

  • 3. 
    You're taking off in a tailwheel aircraft with a non-Polish engine.  As you begin your takeoff roll, you use no rudder displacement.  On which side of the runway will you most likely depart the prepared surface prior to getting airborne?
    • A. 

      Left

    • B. 

      Right

    • C. 

      Neither, as the aircraft will track straight with use of ailerons only

    • D. 

      Unable to determine the answer without knowing the wind direction

  • 4. 
    As a general rule, as ambient temperature increases, aircraft performance increases.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Hydroplaning is when the aircraft tires lose traction with the runway surface due to rain or standing water during takeoff or landing.  Which of the following formulae can be used to determine the speed at which hydroplaning will occur?
    • A. 

      .6 times the stall speed with takeoff flaps

    • B. 

      9 times the square root of the tire pressure

    • C. 

      Aircraft weight divided by the square root of the tire footprint in sqare inches

    • D. 

      Cannot be determined, as hydroplaning speed varies with the tread pattern just like in your car

  • 6. 
    There are OLD pilots and there are BOLD pilots, but there are few OLD,  BOLD pilots!
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Name the two factors which affect Density Altitude.
    • A. 

      Pressure altitude and gross weight

    • B. 

      Gross weight and temperature

    • C. 

      Engine power and flap setting

    • D. 

      Temperature and pressure altitude

  • 8. 
    Your friend flies his single engine plane into Beloit Airport for the Spring Fling Pancake Breakfast and Auto Show.  After he shuts down in the parking area, he tosses you a rag and asks your help in cleaning bugs off the plane.  The leading edges of the wings are covered with bug splats, but there are no bugs at all on the front of the propeller.  Why not?
    • A. 

      Bugs can "see" the propeller and will avoid it at any cost.

    • B. 

      The propeller "blows" them out of the way so they impact the wings instead

    • C. 

      Tractor propellers are pitched such that the first surface that contacts the air (and bugs) as the plane moves forward is the back side of the propeller blades

    • D. 

      The propeller power pulses project a vibration ahead of the plane that bugs don't like and naturally avoid

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    What is the minimum number of hours prior to flying that a pilot may consume alchohol?
    • A. 

      Half an hour

    • B. 

      4 hours for beer or wine; 8 hours for hard liquor

    • C. 

      8 hours from "bottle to throttle"

    • D. 

      24 hours

  • 10. 
    Pilots who fly tricycle gear airplanes are sissies.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    BONUS QUESTION:  HOW OLD IS ARCHIE HENKELMANN?
    • A. 

      56 (He's just prematurely gray)

    • B. 

      He and Peter Fonda are the same age... 69!

    • C. 

      Gwen says he's 75, but he's really 77

    • D. 

      He'll celebrate his 80th at Oshkosh in July