How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

Full explanations of some of the answers are detailed below the quiz…

1 c This is just common courtesy, because a pilot who starts transmitting immediately after selecting a new frequency risks blocking other (possibly more important) transmissions and perhaps producing an unpleasant loud heterodyne interference squeal for everyone on that frequency

2 b

3 c The suffix ‘Alpha’ means that ATC gives the helicopter top priority over all other traffic. Other pilots should treat it just as drivers should treat an ambulance with flashing blue lights and sirens, giving it right-of-way whenever possible

4 a heavy (+) showers (SH) of snow (SN)

5 b

6 a Lufthansa Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung operates Junkers Ju52/3m D-AQUI on sight-seeing charter flights. Built in 1936, the carefully refurbished more than eighty-year-old aircraft now carries around 10,000 passengers every year

7 c All METARS, and wind information in a TAF, are given in Degrees True North. The difference between °T and °M may not make all that much difference for pilots flying in the UK but should be borne in mind when operating in, for example, Iceland, where Magnetic Variation at Keflavik is 14°W

8 c

9 c

Check out our other air-brained quizzes here:

Quiz I

Quiz II

Quiz III


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