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June 6, 2011

Interactive Quiz #160: FAR Review

The FAA was shocked -- shocked! -- to learn that, despite rules that air traffic controllers shan't snooze on the job, some sleep-starved staff have vectored in the arms of Morpheus. See what FARs might be lost in your dreams.

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NOTE: When more than one answer is true, only the most complete, correct answer will be scored as correct. The answers are assumed to apply within the United States unless otherwise noted.

1. There's nothing like a sunset flight in a Piper J3 Cub, skimming across backyard barbecues, thumbing your nose at chasing dogs while dodging Frisbees. No radio, no transponder and no regard for FAR 91.119's Minimum Altitude rules. Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, how low does this reg allow you to fly an airplane over a congested area? (Assume you're always in a position to land safely should the engine quit.)
a. 500 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2000 feet of the aircraft
b. 1000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2000 feet of the aircraft
c. 2000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2000 feet of the aircraft
d. 1000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 1 mile of the aircraft
2. Climb above the Cub in the previous question to fill in the blanks in this cross-country scenario: When cruising below 18,000 feet MSL, the pilot sets the altimeter to the current, reported, altimeter setting of a station along the route and within (_____) nautical miles of the aircraft. When operating at or above 18,000 feet MSL, the pilot sets the altimeter to (_____) Hg.
a. 50, 29.92"
b. 100, 29.96"
c. 100, 29.92"
d. 130, 29.90"
3. Now that air traffic controllers have been given nine hours instead of eight between their day shifts and the mids -- meaning the day shift needs to either begin earlier or the mid-shift even later, making them even more exhausted -- it's wise to review pilot fitness requirements. Drinking alcohol has a similar effect to lack of sleep, so FAR 91.17 requires that pilots refrain from flying within (_____) (_____) of consuming any alcohol or with an alcohol concentration of (_____) or greater in a blood or breath specimen. (Fill in the blanks.)
a. 8 hours, 0.004
b. 12 feet, 0.007
c. 12 hours, 0.04
d. 8 hours, 0.04
4. OK, you're as sober as a TSA agent and ready to haul Uncle Henry home from the family reunion at Lake Tahoe, Nev. Henry has had several beers and appears sluggish and argumentative -- some say that's his normal personality. He flops into the back seat of your Cessna 206 and promptly passes out while singing a Grateful Dead song. He's strapped in and cannot reach the controls. Because he's not a required crewmember, FAR 91.17 permits him to be carried on this flight home to Monterey, Calif. (No emergency exists.)
a. True
b. False
5. Unless operating a hot air balloon, chances are the PIC and other required crewmembers will be strapped into a seat by a seatbelt and possibly a shoulder harness. FAR 91.105 requires flight crewmembers to keep shoulder harnesses on:
a. At all times
b. During takeoff and landing
c. In moderate or greater turbulence
d. In severe or greater turbulence
6. It's a sunny, VFR day and you need some hood time to brush up your IFR procedural skills in your Bonanza. Even though you're instrument-rated and current, there are no clouds available to fly through, so you ask your hangar neighbor, Wilma, who also owns and flies a Bonanza, to act as safety pilot while you're under the hood (or other view limiting device). The flight will be conducted VFR. Wilma (pronounced "Veelma"), the safety pilot must be:
a. At least a private pilot
b. At least a private pilot with an instrument ratting
c. At least a CFI
d. At least a CFII
7. Stick with the airplane and practice IFR scenario from the previous question. Like many Bonanzas, this one is equipped with a single, throwover yoke -- no dual flight controls. According to FAR 91.109, is it permissible for this airplane to be used for this training flight with the PIC under the hood and the safety pilot, Wilma, in the right seat spotting traffic?
a. No
b. Yes, provided Wilma determines it's safe
8. One day, Wilma says to you, "Betty, let's fly our Bonanzas in formation to Oshkosh." Ignoring the fact that your name might not be Betty, you agree and check FAR 91.109 "Operating Near Other Aircraft," which says formation flying is prohibited:
a. So close as to create a collision hazard
b. Except by arrangement with the pilot in command of each aircraft in the formation
c. When carrying passengers for hire
d. a, b and c
9. In the classic struggle of converging airships and powered parachutes at the same altitude, who has the right of way? (Neither is in distress and not head-on.)
a. An airship has the right-of-way over a powered parachute.
b. A powered parachute has the right-of-way over an airship.
10. Know your limits ... and more importantly the FAR's limits. FAR Part 91, Subpart B, Flight Rules, "... prescribes flight rules governing the operation of aircraft within the United States and within (_____) nautical miles from the coast of the United States."
a. 3
b. 12
c. 20
d. 100

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