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Nov. 4, 2010

Interactive Quiz #153:Call The Tower

When something goes awry en route, ATC has a specific, Miranda-like phrase to let you know you've screwed up and need to make a few phone calls. Test your knowledge of reportable values in this quiz.

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1. On an otherwise pleasant IFR flight across Kansas, you're marveling at the towering CUs brushing your wingtips, when suddenly (no, a farmhouse doesn't twirl past), you encounter turbulence that causes large, abrupt changes in altitude and attitude, plus large variations in indicated airspeed. The aircraft is momentarily out of control. This textbook (AIM) condition describes what level of turbulence?
a. Light
b. Moderate
c. Severe
d. Extreme
2. Icing reports are based on the rate of accumulation on the airframe. ATC really, really wants to know about this and wants you, in the iced-up Bonanza, to report using which of these four intensity levels?
a. Light, Moderate, Clear, Rime
b. Light, Moderate, Severe, Extreme
c. Trace, Light, Moderate, Severe
d. Trace, Light, Moderate, Extreme
3. Pilots are requested to provide pilot reports (PIREPs) when encountering a variety of airborne conditions, but air traffic controllers are required by the ATC handbook (7110.65) to solicit PIREPS when which of the following conditions exist or are forecast?
a. Ceilings at or below 5,000 feet
b. Thunderstorms and related phenomena
c. Icing of light degree or greater
d. All of the above
4. Flight Service briefers are required to advise of pertinent NOTAMs in a standard briefing.
a. True
b. False
5. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) requires non-military, non-CIA operators to immediately report when which of the circumstance below occurs?
a. Flight control system malfunction or failure
b. Clear air turbulence (CAT)
c. Near mid-air miss
d. All of the above
6. You're not dead unless the government, in this case the NTSB, says so. According to NTSB 830.2 definitions, a fatal injury means "any death which results within (_____) days of the accident." (Fill in the blank.)
a. 7
b. 14
c. 21
d. 30
7. When a pilot (not you) goofs -- say, blows an assigned altitude -- the air traffic controller faces the thoroughly unpleasant task of asking the pilot to "call the tower." Only, that phraseology is too informal, and controllers are required to use which phrase to inform a pilot of a possible deviation (assuming there's time to do so)?
a. "Spamcan 76X, possible altitude deviation, contact (facility) at (telephone number)."
b. "Spamcan 76X, possible pilot deviation, advise you contact (facility) at (telephone number)."
c. "Spamcan 76X, possible altitude incursion, advise you contact (facility) at (telephone number)."
d. "Spamcan 76X, altitude differs by 4000 feet, advise you contact (facility) at (telephone number)."
8. A pilot who is involved in a "motor vehicle action" involving alcohol or drugs (think: DUI) shall, according to FAR 61.15, report that incident in writing to the FAA within how many days?
a. 5
b. 10
c. 30
d. 60
9. Even without a DUI, the FARs prohibit anyone from acting as crewmember within (_____) hours after consuming alcohol or while having an alcohol concentration of (_____) or greater in a blood or breath specimen. (Fill in the blanks.)
a. 8, 0.004
b. 8, 0.04
c. 12, 0.04
d. 12, 0.004
10. FAR 91.3: Responsibility and authority of the pilot in command says, in part, that any PIC may deviate from the FARs to the extent required to meet an emergency. Awesome power but, as Spiderman tells us, with that power comes greater responsibility. FAR 91.3 says that any PIC who deviates from a rule must send a written report to the Administrator within what time period?
a. 24 hours
b. 48 hours
c. 72 hours
d. When requested

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