- After a great stay in the Rocky Mountains, you are departing Denver International in a B-36TC. The engine won’t boost and is indicating 25” of manifold pressure. However, the runway is 12,000’ long, so you are still OK to take off with the reduced manifold pressure to get home. True or false?
- When shutting down, you should reduce power to idle for 4 minutes to avoid “cracking” the turbo shaft / bearing. True or false?
- Which instrument in the standard “6-Pack” is not required for IFR?
- Which weather products either forecast or report the MSL altitude of cloud tops?
- You are picking up ice; however, you estimate that you can continue the flight for one hour without de-ice equipment. How would you report this intensity of ice in a PIREP?
- In the following NOTAM, what does FLG mean? Runway 31 SEQUENCED FLG light OUT of SERVICE.
- While walking to your aircraft, you’re hit by ice pellets. What causes these weather phenomena?
Answers: 1. False. Causes for lack of boost could be exhaust failure, intake leak, turbo failure or controller failure. Most lack of boost causes are not benign, so stay on the ground! 2. False. Exhaust is hot, even at idle, so there’s not much of a temperature reduction due to idle. 3. The Vertical Speed Indicator [VSI]. 4. Pilot Reports [US] or Skew-T charts; Cloud Coverage Forecast Charts. 5. Light icing. 6. Flashing. When the flashing light is out of service [OTS], you won’t see the “rabbit” running along the approach lights. 7. Warmer air aloft.