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Commercial Pilot Oral Prep

To help with your check ride preparations, be able to answer and discuss these questions:


Flight maneuvers Briefing

Steep Turns and Chandelles

1. At what altitudes should you perform steep turns and chandelles?
2. What is the correct entry speed for these maneuvers?
3. How do you perform a steep turn? What bank angle should you use?
4. If an aircraft weighs 2,500 pounds, how much weight must the wings support during a level turn with a 60 degree bank?
5. Explain the changes in elevator (or stabilator) pressure necessary to maintain level flight during the roll from a steep turn in one direction to a turn in the opposite direction.
6. If the aircraft is descending during the steep turn, what corrective action should you take to maintain altitude?
7. What is the maximum recommended angle of bank for the chandelle?
8. Explain the power adjustments you would use during performance of a chandelle.
9. What should your airspeed be at the completion of the chandelle?
10. Describe the differences in control pressures between the rollout from a chandelle to the right and one to the left?
11. Explain why rudder pressure is required during performance of the chandelle. where is the rudder pressure greatest?
12. Although the chandelle is considered a maximum performance maneuver, explain why altitude gain is not the basis for judging the quality of the maneuver.
13. Explain how you should recover from a chandelle.
14. What can you expect with regard to control pressures at the completion of a 180 degree change in direction during a chandelle? Explain.

Short-Field and Soft-Field Takeoffs and Landings

1. What flap setting should you use for a short-field takeoff? What setting should you use for a soft-field takeoff?
2. During a short-field approach and landing over a 50-foot obstacle, why is it necessary to establish a constant angle of descent over the obstacle?
3. Explain the effects of torque and P-factor on aircraft control during short-field takeoffs.
4. What climb speed should you use during the initial portion of the short-field takeoff?
5. How can you increase braking effectiveness during the landing roll after a short-field approach and landing?
6. At approximately what airspeed will the aircraft become airborne during a soft-field takeoff?
7. At what point during the soft-field takeoff do you begin a climb?
8. At what point during the sort-field takeoff do you retract the flaps?
9. Do you use power during the landing flare and touchdown during a soft-field landing? Explain.
10. Explain the correct use of the controls during a crosswind takeoff.
11. Assume a left crosswind during a landing approach. Explain the correct use of the controls during the approach, flare, and landing.
12. What is the maximum demonstrated crosswind component for the aircraft? Is this a limitation? Explain.
13. If the aircraft is low and slow on final approach, what corrective action should you take?
14. Explain the procedures for executing a go-around in the aircraft.
15. What is the significance of the "key position" during a landing?
16. During a short-filed approach and landing, how accurately must you land the aircraft relative to a selected touchdown point?

Lazy Eights and Pylon Eights

1. Compare and contrast eights-around-pylons and eights-on-pylons. Which of these is considered to be a ground reference maneuver?
2. At what altitude should you enter eights-around-pylons?
3. What is the maximum angle of bank that you should use during eights-round-pylons? Where will this bank angle occur?
4. How does wind direction affect the entry for eights-around-pylons?
5. What is the maximum angle of bank you should use for eights-on-pylons?
6. Describe how you make changes in altitude during eights-on-pylons to hold the pylon position relative to the wing.
7. Where do the highest and lowest altitudes occur during the performance of eights-on-pylons?
8. What reference points do you use during the performance of lazy eights?
9. Where do the highest and lowest altitudes occur during lazy eights?
10. Do you use pitch or power to control the altitude and symmetry of the loops during lazy eights?
11. What altitude and airspeed should you use to enter lazy eights?
12. At what point during lazy eights must you use the greatest control pressures?

Cross-Country Procedures Briefing

1. Explain what weather product you would use to obtain the most current weather condition at your destination?
2. What is the meaning of code "9900" found on a winds aloft forecast?

To answer questions 3 thru 8, use the appropriate pilot's operating handbook.

3. compute the density altitude based on the following conditions.
Field elevation..........4,000 ft.
Temperature..........24 deg. C
Altimeter setting..........30.00
4. Using the date from the previous question, determine the distance required to take off and clear a 50-foot obstacle, assuming maximum takeoff weight and a 10 knot headwind.
5. Determine the time, fuel, and distance needed to climb from a field elevation of 2,000 feet to a cruising altitude of 7,500 feet. Assume standard conditions and calm wind.
6. Based on a cruise altitude of 7,500 feet and standard conditions, determine the true airspeed and fuel flow at approximately 65% power.
7. Using data from the previous question, what is the maximum range of the aircraft with full fuel?
8. Based on the following conditions, determine the distance required to land over a 50-foot obstacle.
Field elevation..........3,000 ft
Temperature..........ISA +20 deg. C
Altimeter setting..........29.92
Wind..........Calm
9. What are the basic VFR weather minimums? What are they in a traffic pattern in controlled airspace?
10. What is a special VFR clearance? Can you request it at night? What visibility and cloud clearances apply?
11. What are the pilot and equipment requirements to fly above 18,000 feet MSL?
12. What is the purpose of Class E airspace when it surrounds a nontowered airport?
13. What are the effective altitudes for Class E airspace in the vicinity of an airport?
14. Name the various types of special use airspace and explain the restrictions they impose.
15. How can you tel when the control tower is in operation at part-time locations?
16. Is Class D airspace depicted on sectional or WAC charts?
17. What is an airport advisory area? How can you tell where one exists?
18. Explain what operations require a Mode C transponder.
19. If you have functioning transponder, when must you use it?
20. What are the pilot and equipment requirements to operate within terminal areas designated as Class B and Class C airspace?
21. What is the difference between primary radar and secondary radar (ATCRBS)?
22. What are the main advantages of secondary radar over primary?
23. What are the three classes of VORs? What are their standard service volumes?
24. What basic restriction affects VOR signal reception?
25. Generally, how accurate is VOR course alignment?
26. How can you verify a VOR as being usable?
27. What are the different methods for conducting a VOR check?

To answer questions 28 thru 36, use the sectional chart excerpt of the Lubbock area. A review of the sections chart covering the local training area also is suggested.

28. What is the minimum altitude for a northbound flight ot cross over the Lubbock Class C airspace without having to contact ATC?
29. At what altitude does the Class C airspace begin over Everitt Airport east of Lubbock?
30. What does the flag next to the town of Ralls indicate?
31. If you have established two-way radio contact with Lubbock Approach Control but haven't received a clearance to enter Class C airspace yet, what should you do?



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