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.)
- Reduce TAS to 160 knots and maintain until advised by ATC.
- Reduce IAS to 160 MPH and maintain until advised by ATC.
- Reduce IAS to 160 knots and maintain that speed within 10 knots.
Andrew Hartley is a certificated flight instructor and commercial pilot in Columbus, Ohio.