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Safety Quiz

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ASI Safety Quiz

Operations at Nontowered Airports

Operating safely at nontowered airports requires vigilance, courtesy, and professionalism. Knowing and following the recommended procedures could mean the difference between landing safely or becoming the newest contributor to the ASF Accident Database. Take this Safety Quiz to learn more about operating safely at nontowered airports.

1. Most U.S. public-use airports have air traffic control towers.

2. When taking off and remaining in the pattern, the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) recommends climbing to within ____ feet of pattern altitude before turning crosswind.

3. When flying a standard traffic pattern and landing with a left crosswind, you should plan to ____ to help stabilize the approach.

4. FAA regulations stipulate that pattern entry shall be made on a 45-degree angle to the downwind leg at pattern altitude.

5. Once on final approach at a nontowered field, pilots should ____.

6. Self-announce transmissions on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) of a nontowered airport should always conclude with ____.

7. When approaching to land, begin monitoring the automated surface observing system (ASOS) or automated weather observing system (AWOS), if available, ____ miles out.

8. In addition to the standard "midfield downwind" call, traffic pattern position announcements should be made ____ onto the next pattern leg.

9. When operating in the vicinity of nontowered airports, the responsibility for ____ lies solely with the pilot.

10. When approaching a nontowered airport, pilots should tune in the appropriate CTAF frequency, make a position report, and request, "Traffic in the area, please advise."