Quiz: Basic Aircraft Aerodynamics

As much as it seems sometimes that airplanes fly by magic, it’s important for every pilot to understand at least the basic fundamentals of aerodynamics. These principles dictate not only how the aircraft stays aloft, but what make it either stable or unstable.

Understanding these concepts will create a smoother and safer pilot. Take this quiz to test your aerodynamics knowledge.

1. Select the four flight fundamentals involved in maneuvering an aircraft.
1. Select the four flight fundamentals involved in maneuvering an aircraft.
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2. The term 'angle of attack' is defined as the angle between the
2. The term 'angle of attack' is defined as the angle between the
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3. When does P-factor cause the airplane to yaw to the left?
3. When does P-factor cause the airplane to yaw to the left?
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4. Which statement relates to Bernoulli's principle?
4. Which statement relates to Bernoulli's principle?
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5. What force makes an airplane turn?
5. What force makes an airplane turn?
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6. The acute angle A is the angle of
6. The acute angle A is the angle of
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7. Which basic flight maneuver increases the load factor on an airplane as compared to straight-and-level flight?
7. Which basic flight maneuver increases the load factor on an airplane as compared to straight-and-level flight?
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8. The four forces acting on an airplane in flight are
8. The four forces acting on an airplane in flight are
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9. The angle of attack at which an airplane wing stalls will
9. The angle of attack at which an airplane wing stalls will
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