Entries by Chris Clarke

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.

Quiz: Planning with a VFR Sectional Chart

An aviation VFR Sectional chart is chock-full of visual reference information that is important for every pilot. Runway lengths, obstacle avoidance, restricted airspace, plus much more all provide bits of data that will keep you informed and safe on every flight. Do you know these charts front and back, or will that overload of data leave you short on […]

Quiz: Can You Identify These Airport Signs and Markings?

Taxiing around large airports if 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.

Quiz: Flying The Traffic Pattern

Sitting in the cockpit during the cruise portion of any flight may have a tendency to become monotonous. But as the destination traffic pattern approaches, workload can increase exponentially. A firm understanding of the proper aerial activity is essential for staying safe as you enter or depart the terminal area. Use this quiz to test your flying […]

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

Runway incursions can happen to pilots of any experience level and at any airport—staying “current” on ground operations is essential. Can you score 100% and prove your runway safety status is above par. Still have more answers? Take all our other quizzes. Want to learn more about runway safety? Check out Sporty’s Learn To Fly […]

Quiz: Preflight Planning an IFR Flight

There are many details to consider when planning a flight under Instrument Flight Rules. Mix in some inclement weather, and the workload increases exponentially. Answer all these questions correctly and prove you have the keys to unlock a successful IFR flight.

Quiz: Aircraft Weight and Balance

Weight and balance is a critical element that every pilot must reconcile before each flight. Many of the performance, handling and structural characteristics of an airplane are a function of weight and balance. Not to mention the safety risk associated with operating an over loaded or out of balance airplane. Challenge your weight and balance understanding […]

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.