Quiz: Proper Aircraft Engine Operations

A healthy aircraft engine is obviously a critical competent for the completion of every flight, but correct operation isn’t always intuitive. Many aircraft engines are qualified for up to 2,000 hours of operation between overhaul, but learning the best practices for power, mixture, cooling and other factors becomes more of an art than science. Can you correctly answer all 10 questions on proper aircraft engine operations?

1. One purpose of the dual ignition system on an aircraft engine is to provide for
1. One purpose of the dual ignition system on an aircraft engine is to provide for
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2. For internal cooling, reciprocating aircraft engines are especially dependent on
2. For internal cooling, reciprocating aircraft engines are especially dependent on
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3. Excessively high engine temperatures will
3. Excessively high engine temperatures will
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4. What change occurs in the fuel/air mixture when carburetor heat is applied?
4. What change occurs in the fuel/air mixture when carburetor heat is applied?
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5. Which would most likely cause the cylinder head temperature and engine oil temperature gauges to exceed their normal operating ranges?
5. Which would most likely cause the cylinder head temperature and engine oil temperature gauges to exceed their normal operating ranges?
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6. Detonation occurs in a reciprocating aircraft engine when
6. Detonation occurs in a reciprocating aircraft engine when
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7. What is one procedure to aid in cooling an engine that is overheating?
7. What is one procedure to aid in cooling an engine that is overheating?
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8. The uncontrolled firing of the fuel/air charge in advance of normal spark ignition is known as
8. The uncontrolled firing of the fuel/air charge in advance of normal spark ignition is known as
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9. While cruising at 9,500 feet MSL, the fuel/air mixture is properly adjusted. What will occur if a descent to 4,500 feet MSL is made without readjusting the mixture?
9. While cruising at 9,500 feet MSL, the fuel/air mixture is properly adjusted. What will occur if a descent to 4,500 feet MSL is made without readjusting the mixture?
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10. What should be the first action after starting an aircraft engine?
10. What should be the first action after starting an aircraft engine?
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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.