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Testing Tuesday: ATC Speed Limits

We know that, for the most part, aircraft must maintain 250 knots or less when they are below ten-thousand feet MSL, but what if Air Traffic conltrol needs to impose a slower (or possibly faster) speed limit? On today’s Testing Tuesday, test your knowledge about what you, as PIC, are expected to do when there is an ATC Speed Limit that is different than the regulations state!

What is the pilot in command’s responsibility when flying a propeller aircraft within 20 miles of the airport of intended landing and ATC requests the pilot to reduce speed to 160? (Pilot complies with speed adjustment.)

  1. Reduce TAS to 160 knots and maintain until advised by ATC.
  2. Reduce IAS to 160 MPH and maintain until advised by ATC.
  3. Reduce IAS to 160 knots and maintain that speed within 10 knots.




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Andrew Hartley is a certificated flight instructor and commercial pilot in Columbus, Ohio.

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Testing Tuesday: VFR on Top Clearance

VFR Weather Minimums

Today’s Testing Tuesday will be beneficial to both primary students and instrument students, as it discusses that strangest of clearances: VFR on Top.

What is the required flight visibility and distance from clouds if you are operating in in Class E airspace at 9,500 feet MSL with a VFR-On-Top clearance during daylight hours?

  1. 3 SM, 1,000 feet above, 500 feet below, and 2,000 feet horizontal
  2. 5 SM, 500 feet above, 1,000 feet below, and 2,000 feet horizontal
  3. 3 SM, 500 feet above, 1,000 feet below, and 2,000 feet horizontal




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Andrew Hartley is a certificated flight instructor and commercial pilot in Columbus, Ohio.

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Testing Tuesday – Displaced Thresholds

Which runway marking indicates a displaced threshold on an instrument runway? Red chevron marks in the nonlanding portion of the runway Centerline dashes starting at the threshold Arrows leading to the threshold mark Click here to display the answer… The correct answer is c: Arrows leading to the threshold mark See AIM Chapter 2 – […]

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Testing Tuesday: IFR Lost Communication Procedures

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Losing communication capabilities is nerve-wracking in VFR conditions, but is relatively straight-forward if you can see where you are going, even if where you are going is controlled airspace – though under VFR you can very easily go to a non-towered airport without talking to anyone and no one would really even know the difference […]

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Testing Tuesday: IFR Flight Plans

Smart Flight Training posts a question (and an answer) you might find on an FAA Knowledge Test or during the oral portion of a checkride each Tuesday. Today’s question is about IFR flight plans and when they are required. When is an IFR flight plan required? When less than VFR conditions exist in either class […]

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