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Pilot Judgment Inventory

Part 1

For each of these situations, choose what you would do in these circumstances. Don't try to pick the "right" answer -- just be honest with yourself and pick the alternative that you would most likely choose in this situation.

1   You are flying an “Angel Flight” with a nurse and non-critical child patient to meet an ambulance at a downtown regional airport. You filed VFR, it is 11:00 P.M. on a clear night when at 60 NM out you notice the ammeter indicating a battery discharge and correctly deduce the alternator has failed. Your best guess is that you have from 15 to 30 minutes of battery power remaining. You decide to:
  Declare an emergency, turn off all electrical systems except for 1 NAVCOM and transponder and continue to the Regional Airport as planned.
  Declare an emergency and divert to the Planter’s County Airport which is clearly visible at 2 o’clock, 7 NM.
  Declare an emergency, turn off all electrical systems except for 1 NAVCOM, instrument panel lights, intercom and transponder and divert to the Southside Business Airport which is 40 NM straight ahead.
  Declare an emergency, turn off all electrical systems except for 1 NAVCOM, instrument panel lights, intercom and transponder and divert to Draper Air Force Base which is 10 o’clock at 32 NM.
 
2   You are solo on a late night cross country cruising VFR at 9500 feet with two hours left to your destination when you become very drowsy. You decide to
  Direct the cold air vent onto your face, sing, keep moving about, anything you can to keep awake.
  Land at an airfield 8 miles ahead, get a motel room and call it a night.
  Descend and continue flying at a lower altitude.
  Land at the airstrip ahead, walk around, then takeoff and continue.
 
3   In the evening after an exhausting three day business meeting at a downtown hotel, you have loaded your rental airplane at the Downtown Airport and prepare to file your VFR flight plan for the two hour flight home when you discover you left your only pair of reading glasses in the meeting room back at the hotel. You have no problem seeing the panel gages, or distance vision, but can’t read a map or chart. Weather is solid VFR and if you depart within the next 20 minutes you will arrive at your home airport before dark. You decide to:
  Depart and fly home.
  Call the hotel, if they have your glasses go get them and fly home late this evening.
  Call the hotel, if they do not have your glasses, spend the night, have a pair expressed to you and fly home tomorrow.
  Call the hotel, if they have your glasses, go get them, spend the night and fly home in the morning.
 
4   You are preparing to enter the VFR traffic pattern at the Regional Airport and hear the tower report winds from 280 at 15 knots, and they are vectoring traffic to the primary 8800 ft runways 35. A Piper Cherokee asks to use the 7753 x 150 runway 27. The Cherokee is told the runway is not active, but to you it looks OK. You decide to:
  Accept clearance to runway 35 and follow the traffic.
  Ask to use runway 27.
  Insist on using runway 27 stating that the crosswinds are unsafe for you to use runway 35.
  Divert to the Southside Business Airport where the runway is almost directly aligned with the wind.
 
5   You as the pilot-in-command (PIC) are going to fly your old instructor pilot to the Planters County Airport so he can pick-up an airplane coming out of maintenance and give it a functional check flight. Both of you arrive at the airport later than you planned and he offers to do part of the preflight. You decide to:
  Do the planning, filing and preflight together.
  Have him get the weather NOTAMS and file the flight plan while you preflight the airplane.
  Have him preflight the airplane while you get the weather, NOTAMS, and file.
  Ask him who should do what.
 
6   You are at a small airport with minimal facilities and at the end of your walk around preflight the flaps refuse to retract from 30 degrees. It was a planned three hour flight back home to the Regional Airport. The attendant says he has seen this problem before and it is the limit switch sticking. There is no A&P here but there is an A&P at an airport 35 miles up the road. The attendant says he knows where a switch for this exact model 172 can be quickly picked-up and he could install it. He says he also could reach up through the inspection port and free the switch enough to raise the flaps, but cannot guarantee they will work when airborne. You call the rental agency and get their answering machine - you are on your own. You decide to:
  Leave the flaps down and fly to the nearby (35 miles) airport and have an A&P fix the problem.
  Have the attendant reset the switch, get the flaps up and fly back to Regional.
  Have the attendant change the switch, check it out then fly home and have the rental agency inspect the work.
  Wait until the rental agency can fly an A&P in and change the switch.
 
7   You are planning a night cross country down to Florida and winds and weather favor cruising around 8500 feet MSL. The forecast winds and visibility will enable you to make your destination (solid VFR weather) with a 60 minute fuel reserve in one hop. You decide to:
  Let down early and cruise in at a much lower altitude if fuel permits
  Stay at altitude as long as possible before performing an en route descent.
  Make sure there is a working oxygen system on board in case you need it.
  Plan to use oxygen for this flight.
 
8   You are at the College Airport to pick-up three passengers and their baggage and return them to the Regional Airport. Before refueling you add up the weights and find with full fuel (40 Gallons) your load will be 40 pounds over the book’s max gross weight.Weather for the 3:00 PM return trip is forecast at 6000’ scattered, visibility 10+ and the winds at 5500 feet cruising altitude will net a 10 knot tailwind. Using the Operator’s Manual fuel consumption rate and the tailwind you correctly calculate it will take 34 gallons of 100LL to land at Regional with exactly 30 minutes reserve. You will overfly the Justin County Airport and could land for fuel as a backup. You decide to
  Load 34 gallons and file a flight plan direct to the Regional Airport
  Upload the 40 gallons and file direct to the Regional Airport
  Load only 34 gallons and file to the Regional Airport with a stopover at Justin County Airport
  Load 34 gallons, do not file and see if the fuel consumption and tailwind hold and decide later what to do.
 
9   You have taken-off from the College Airport and an en route weather check has a late afternoon thunderstorm approaching the Regional Airport from the opposite side of town. It is slow moving and is expected to cross the Regional Airport shortly after your ETA. You check and the fuel consumption and tailwind are holding. You have arrival fuel with a 30 minute reserve. You decide to:
  Continue to the Regional Airport and speed up a bit
  Land at the Justin County Airport, add fuel and continue to the Regional Airport circling northeast around the thunderstorm
  Land at the Justin County Airport and wait until the weather passes
  Land at the Justin County Airport, add fuel and continue to the Regional Airport circling southwest around the thunderstorm
 
10   Your friends persuaded you to land at the Justin County Airport. You plan to fill each tank half full to keep the weight in the utility category. The thunderstorm remains slow moving, is over the Regional Airport on a path to the Justin County Airport and is growing in size and intensity. It is 6:00 PM, getting dark, the storm can be seen approaching and the attendant is leaving but will give everyone a lift into Driskill City. You decide to:
  Takeoff for the Regional Airport circling around the thunderstorm and coming in behind it.
  Wait with the airplane until the weather passes, then fly into the Regional Airport.
  Leave the passengers and baggage and fly the airplane anywhere away from the path of the storm
  Leave the airplane and either get a room in Driskill City or call and have someone drive out from the Big City and pick-up all of you