You are 20 NM outbound from
Regional Airport flying solo to deliver two coolers of medical serum to
an American Red Cross field team when departure control calls advising
that someone reported a right wheel pant was found off the departure end
of the runway and it looks like it may have separated from a 172 and is
painted a white similar to the color of your airplane. You neither heard
nor felt anything unusual on takeoff and both brake pedals feel normal
when you apply them. You decide to
Thank them for the call and
ask it be delivered to Aircraft Rental and Leasing and continue your departure.
Unfasten your seatbelt, slide
over to the right seat and confirm if it is yours.
Request clearance to return
and request a fly-by the tower and have them determine if it is yours.
Request clearance to return
and land to inspect the airplane.
You need to depart the Planter’s
County Airport at 6:00 AM for a one hour flight to return the rented aircraft
to the Regional Airport before 7:00 AM. You slide the left seat back to
climb in and start the preflight when the seat comes off of the slide
tracks. You get the feet back on the track and they seem to hold. You
notice that two screws that hold a keeper on the back of the track are
missing and find one under the back seat. The local mechanic will not
arrive for two or three hours. You decide to:
Borrow a screwdriver, put
in the screw and fly as is having the rental firm checked or fix the seat
back at the Regional Airport.
Wait until the mechanic arrives
and have him fix the seat, then fly home.
Skip the repairs and fly the
trip home from the right seat.
Go find a phone, call Aircraft
Rental and Leasing and request guidance on what to do.
You have taken off solo from
the Regional Airport for a 45 minute flight to the Planters County Airport
and have leveled at 3500 feet when you hear a banging start on the right
side of the airplane. Everything checks OK so you call the FBO and ask
for advice. After a short period they ask you to find both ends of the
right seat belt. You can only find one. You decide to:
Reach over, open the right
door, pull in the seatbelt and close the door.
Return to the Regional Airport,
land and pull in the seat belt.
Continue and find an airspeed
where the banging stops and continue to destination.
Find the closest airport out
of ARSA, land and pull in the seatbelt
You arrive at the rental airplane
where the attendant (whom you know is a commercial pilot) says it is gassed
to the top, preflighted and ready to start. He will stay and help until
you leave the parking ramp. You decide to:
Thank him, check the fuel
tanks, oil , then climb in and start.
Scan the airplane for any
obvious errors, climb in the plane, and check the fuel gages. If they
show full, begin your preflight at engine start.
Take out your checklist and
do a complete preflight.
Do a fast walk around especially
checking the fuel tanks and caps, oil stick and all doors closed.
You are cruising at 2500 feet
on a beautiful clear day 10 miles out enroute to the Planters County Airport
with your best friend then he/she asks “What do you do if the engine
quits?” You decide to:
Pull the mixture and show
how the engine can be restarted
Pull on the carb heat, bring
the throttle to idle and demonstrate a forced landing to a low approach
Tell your friend about what
you would do.
Wait until you are over the
uncontrolled airfield and demo a forced landing to a full stop.
You are planning a cross country
which will require a fuel stop. In what order would you consider the following
factors in selecting the airport at which to stop
The amenities (restrooms,
food service, loaner car, etc.)
The pilot support facilities
(FSS access, weather station, etc.)
The size of the airport and
its congestion ( those factors that make for slow fuel stops).
The cost of the fuel or the
method for payment
Three of your closest friends
have bought you a choice ticket and are paying for you to rent this airplane
and fly the four of you the 180 miles up to the university in the morning
for the “BIG” early afternoon football game, then back in
the early evening. Another friend will meet you at the college airport
and drive all of you to the game and back. Departure weather was overcast
3000 ft ceiling with 5 miles and light haze with temperatures in the 60s.
Pilots flying the same route reported enroute weather as occasional 1500
ft ceilings with 3 miles visibility and scattered showers. The College
Airport is clear with bright sunshine. Forty-five miles from the College
Airport you have descended to 1000 feet staying just below the ceilings
and encounter rain dropping visibility to under 3 miles. The terrain is
flat farmland with no published obstacles above 250 ft tall. You decide
Remain under the clouds, keep
visual contact with the ground and scoot through
Do a 180 and return home.
Divert to the Madison County
Airport located at 7 o’clock 50 NM and wait for the worst weather
Put it to a vote.
You are halfway in a two hour
late evening flight from the Regional Airport cruising at 4500 feet over
a route with an MEA of 1500 feet. The weather has been clear as forecast
when without any warning you find yourself in a cloud. You decide to:
Continue straight ahead for
a while and see what happens
Make a 180 degree level turn
and get out.
Start a wings level shallow
descent to get under it.
Start a wings level climb
to get on top.
The enroute weather briefing
for the three hour cross country was for scattered thunderstorms along
the route of flight, and sure enough there is a cluster of cells developing
dead ahead on your route of flight. Other clusters have sprung up on each
side of you, and behind all close to 20 miles away. You decide to
Proceed looking for a route
around or through the rain shafts which will allow you to remain VFR
Fly upwind of any cloud build
ups and stay VFR.
If the downwind route around
dark cells is the only clear way, keep at least 20 miles from the closest
Find an airport below in VMC,
land, and wait until the thunderstorms pass and the route is clear.
It had rained all day, but
the front pushed south of you and cleared the skies. You are out with
two friends on a sight seeing trip to the hills 40 miles away and plan
to be back before dark. With sunset still an hour away you notice ground
fog beginning to form. You decide to:
Apply full power and race
back to the home airport
Call Flight Watch and cruise
Call on your home airfield’s
CATF to see if anyone is there and can tell you what the weather is doing
Go directly to an airport
you know is closer than your home airport, land and find out what the
weather is doing.