Quiz: Traffic Spotting Techniques

All pilots must maintain vigilance in order to see and avoid other aircraft. In a see-and-be-seen environment you should continuously scan all areas visible from the cockpit. But do you know the best method to accomplish this? What about at night? Take this quiz and test your ability to spot a potential traffic conflict and avoid a dangerous collision while still dividing your attention on tasks inside the airplane.

1. During nighttime hours, the most effective method of scanning for other aircraft is to use
1. During nighttime hours, the most effective method of scanning for other aircraft is to use
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2. Most midair collision accidents occur during
2. Most midair collision accidents occur during
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3. How can you determine if another aircraft is on a collision course with your aircraft?
3. How can you determine if another aircraft is on a collision course with your aircraft?
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4. The most effective method of scanning for other aircraft for collision avoidance during daylight hours is to use
4. The most effective method of scanning for other aircraft for collision avoidance during daylight hours is to use
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5. What procedure is recommended when climbing or descending VFR on an airway?
5. What procedure is recommended when climbing or descending VFR on an airway?
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6. The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) specifically encourages pilots to turn on their landing lights when operating below 10,000 feet, day or night, and especially when operating
6. The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) specifically encourages pilots to turn on their landing lights when operating below 10,000 feet, day or night, and especially when operating
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7. During a night flight, you observe a steady green light and a flashing red light ahead and at the same altitude. What is the general direction of movement of the other aircraft?
7. During a night flight, you observe a steady green light and a flashing red light ahead and at the same altitude. What is the general direction of movement of the other aircraft?
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8. Prior to starting each maneuver, pilots should
8. Prior to starting each maneuver, pilots should
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9. During a night flight, you observe a steady white light and a flashing red light ahead and at the same altitude. What is the general direction of movement of the other aircraft?
9. During a night flight, you observe a steady white light and a flashing red light ahead and at the same altitude. What is the general direction of movement of the other aircraft?
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Having a childhood dream of aviation, Chris first became an Aviation Explorer, motivating him to earn his private pilot's license as a teenager. During his four years at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he earned his commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating. While experimenting in seaplanes, gliders, and a variety of other personal aircraft, Chris developed a passion for general aviation and shares that passion as he develops aviation training apps and content for Sporty's Pilot Shop.