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By Jeff Pardo

Regarding surplus military jet airplanes and ejection seats, which of the following statements is (are) true? ... You're on an extended ocean-crossing flight. Which of the following might be a legitimate consideration regarding an addition to your list of carry-on items? ... If it weren't for the pitch change of a helicopter's main rotor blades at different points along their revolution around the main rotor hub, a helicopter would, at moderate speeds...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

When did the Smithsonian Institution first begin collecting flight-related articles? How many active air traffic controllers in the US are also active pilots? When you see the angle of a glide slope on an instrument approach plate, it is almost always incorrect, because...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Why would any predictions of sunrise and sunset times for your local area, whether obtained from your new GPS display, the Daily Planet, or even the Nautical Almanac, be wrong?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Pilots rightfully have something of a vested interest in that benchmark of assessing their visual acuity: namely, the eye chart. Why is it that the letter E is usually the topmost letter?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

When you hear the word "flak" you may think of a famous female singer named Roberta, bulletproof outerwear (as in, the jacket), or possibly tough or excessive opposition. Most likely, even as a civilian pilot, you might also think of something that you usually don't have to worry about, namely, someone shooting at you. From whence comes the term?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

True or false: When the outside temperature is low, closing the cowl flaps prior to, during, or just engine start (and keeping them closed prior to takeoff) is a smart way to help keep some extra heat in the engine compartment to help warm up the engine. (But you must remember to open them prior to takeoff!)  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

If an IFR aircraft which precedes you into the same airspace ceases to communicate with ATC for whatever reason, how long will ATC block that airspace from other IFR (or special VFR) traffic-or you?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

As you are about to flare for landing, just when you reduce propeller rpm, you feel a slight shudder go through the airplane, the cockpit, and you. Is there anything wrong?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

If you knew only your true airspeed and your angle of drift from the wind, is it possible to compute the direction and velocity of the wind?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

What was the origin of the now universally applied unit of measuring speed, the knot, in determinations both aeronautical as well as nautical?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The FAA requires many aircraft to display N-numbers that are a foot high. Which of the following are exceptions?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

A pilot who desires to retain instrument currency may use a first Personal Computer Aviation Training Device (PCATD) under what conditions?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

True or false: a blind person has successfully piloted an aircraft (an airplane) through takeoff, cruise flight, and landing.  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Avgas is colored by the use of a dye to indicate its octane and lead level. True or false: The higher the octane, the greater the number of letters in the name of the color used.  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

On approach to landing at one of several airports in the Detroit metropolitan area, you hear ATIS Information Zulu. This means...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The number of hours of flight instruction needed for a flight review, regardless of whether it is through the Wings program or via a BFR, can be...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

True or False: A private pilot with an airplane, single-engine land rating can always be guaranteed to receive better flight instruction if he gets it from an instrument flight instructor.  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

In July 2001, 13-year old Cody Clawson was hiking with his Boy Scout troop in Yellowstone National Park, but somehow, he got separated from the group. Even though authorities enlisted help from rescue teams in Idaho and Wyoming, Cody wound up spending a cold, wet, and lonely night in a rocky canyon, wondering if he would survive. The next morning, he heard a helicopter flying over a nearby ridge, and the Bell 407 pilot spotted Cody, landed nearby, and flew him back to safety. Who was that pilot?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

From the North Pole, one can only go southward. Not being the trusting type, rather than following the slightly suspicious-looking sign pointing every which way with directions and distances to several of the world's major cities, you decide to set out on your own. Unfortunately, you forgot your watch. The problem is that, to know where one is going, one must know the meridian being followed. Without a way to tell time, how could one determine one's longitude?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The absolutely and undeniably first woman pilot in the whole world was...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Two pilots walk into the waiting room of an Aviation Medical Examiner to renew the medical certificates that they carry along with their private pilot certificates. One believes himself to be in excellent health, and although he doesn't need it, decides to "upgrade" to a first class medical. The other is content with keeping his third class medical. The "third class" pilot passes his exam with flying colors. The AME finds a minor eye problem however, in the case of the first guy. What happens?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

After an aircraft experiencing an emergency, what four types of aircraft or situations come next, on the pecking order of priority ATC handling?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

While en route at 4000 feet, ATC issues you the following advisory: "Flock of small birds, twelve o'clock, six miles, last reported at four thousand." What does this signify?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

An airplane with leaky fuel caps is sitting out in the rain. How long might it take each drop of water, the moment it gains access to the fuel tank, to: a) reach the bottom of the tank; and b) get to the engine?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Of the following early airmail pilots, who doesn't belong? Charles Lindbergh, Elrey Jeppesen, Leonard Brooke Hyde-Pearson, or George H. Boyle.  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Just as the greater relative proportion of one substance introduced into another can improve the effectiveness of a mixture or a solution in physical chemistry, the increasing numbers of a smaller population intermingled with another more predominant one can serve to further justify the agenda of the former (whether that be equal rights, or simply acceptance). When it comes to the pilot population then, at what point in time during the last 100 years has the relative number of pilots been the greatest, with respect to the population at large?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Who was the first person to propose the use of aircraft in the national interest?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Birds, like pilots, don't always have a tailwind. As a matter of fact, they have the same problems we do. How do they handle crosswinds in flight?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

What's the safest airline in the world?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

What propeller-driven aircraft had a fuselage that was nearly as tall as it was long?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

When traveling at the speed of sound at sea level (assuming we use a "standard" atmosphere at 15 degrees C), the dynamic pressure (the same pressure sensed by a pitot tube) is very roughly equivalent to...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

You're descending at a relatively high speed in calm air, and since there was no forecast for nor little chance of turbulence, you let the airspeed climb into the yellow arc, but fail to keep your attention focused on the airspeed indicator. Then you hear this buzzing noise. What might that mean?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

For what clever but ill-fated design was General George Armstrong Custer's great grand-nephew best known?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

What IFR aircraft under ATC guidance in IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) may suddenly find that their services have been terminated, and that they have to fly a full instrument approach, rather than simply being vectored to the final approach course?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The first aerial combat between two aircraft took place...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The first person to use an airplane for transportation on a regular basis (in connection with a non-aviation related occupation) was...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

If you hear a repeating "dit-dah-dah-dit" (the letter "P" in Morse code) on 121.5 MHz, what kind of device is transmitting the signal?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

To the nearest 100 feet, estimate the takeoff distance into a 13 knot headwind for an airplane with a 52-knot takeoff speed where, based on current conditions of temperature, pressure, runway surface, slope, etc., the no-wind takeoff distance is given as being 1000 feet. Then estimate that distance with a 13-knot tailwind.  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Galileo notwithstanding, with raindrops, the bigger they are, the faster they fall. (For objects of that size, the surface area to volume ratio dictates the extent to which it will overcome air resistance and viscous drag as it falls. Larger drops have a greater terminal velocity.) But when a raindrop falls faster than about 18 miles per hour (in still air) what will usually happen?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Which aircraft was the first to have variable-sweep wings?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

When was the first practical "black box" required aboard airliners?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

What fighter airplane had an "F" type designator, but yet carries no guns?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

When did our primary airspeed indications (that is, those used by general aviation) go from reading in miles per hour to being given instead in terms of knots?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The greatest number of engines used on any production airplane was...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The first regular in-flight motion pictures made their appearance in...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the United States was 26.35 inches. In which state was it measured?  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The first airplane to land aboard an aircraft carrier under jet power was...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

The first time a propeller was used on a full-sized aircraft was...  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

There was an aircraft that, while it may not have had the noise output of the Valkyrie supersonic bomber from an earlier Trivia Tester, produced sound which proved to be even more troublesome than that which puts one's hearing at risk.  Continue»

By Jeff Pardo

Why is there a difference between the magnetic variation for an airport, and the VOR located at that same airport?  Continue»

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