Entries by Chris Clarke

Quiz: Can You Identify These Airport Signs and Markings?

Taxiing around large airports is often one of the more challenging aspects when learning to fly. Studying the various signs and markings in preparation for operating at an airport with a complex taxiway and runway layout will help you better understand the system and improve your situational awareness as you move from the parking area to the active runway.

Friday Photo: Christmas delivery

The next best thing to Santa’s sleigh and nine reindeer is the 172 Cutlass. There was just enough cargo room for my early morning departure to Chicago to spread some Christmas cheer!

Quiz: Wake Turbulence Avoidance

Wake turbulence is an invisible hazard that presents an additional challenge for pilots operating light airplanes out of busy airports. Take our latest quiz and test your knowledge of proper avoidance techniques.

Quiz: Runway Safety

Ground operations at busy tower-controlled airports can be challenging for pilots of all experience levels and is an important skill you will learn during private pilot training. Test your knowledge of taxiway diagrams, airport signs and markings and ATC clearances in our latest quiz. Still have more answers? Check out our other quizzes. Want to […]

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 makes it either stable or unstable. Understanding these concepts will create a smoother and safer pilot. Take this quiz […]

Quiz: Understanding the airplane Pitot-Static System

The pitot-static system is the source of valuable flight information for the pilot. But how does it work and what instruments are affected? Take this quiz to find out if you have mastered the finer details of the pitot-static system. Want to learn more about the pitot-static and other aircraft systems? Check out Sporty’s Learn To […]

Quiz: Aircraft Engine Operations

Aircraft engines can provide thousands of hours of reliable service, provided that they are maintained and operated properly. From the pilot’s perspective, this involves learning the best practices for power control, leaning procedures, cooling, and other operational considerations.

Quiz: Understanding the airplane Pitot-Static System

The pitot-static system is the source of valuable flight information for the pilot. But how does it work and what instruments are affected? Take this quiz to find out if you have mastered the finer details of the pitot-static system. Want to learn more about the pitot-static and other aircraft systems? Check out Sporty’s Learn To […]

Quiz: ADS-B Rules and Regulations

Since the ADS-B mandate took full effect in 2020 there still some confusion looming about the limitations about this portion of the FAA’s NextGen system. Can you answer all these questions correctly and prove you’re qualified to fly in the National Airspace System?

Quiz: Airspace classifications and rules

You’ll likely pass through several classes of airspace on every flight, whether it’s your first solo or a cross-country flight to the beach. Each class of airspace is depicted with unique markings on the sectional chart and different VFR weather minimums and equipment requirements. Take our latest quiz and test your knowledge of the U.S. airspace system.