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Safety Quiz

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ASI Safety Quiz

Wake Turbulence

Wake Turbulence can be very frightening to a pilot who underestimates its power, especially when you consider that vortices can reach over 300 feet per second! Take this quiz to refresh your knowledge and get tips on avoiding wake turbulence.

1. Wake turbulence is a result of ___.

2. Viewed from behind the generating aircraft, the left vortex rotates ____ and the right vortex rotates ___.

3. As a rule of thumb, a heavy aircraft with gear and flaps ___ at a ___ airspeed generates the strongest wake turbulence.

4. When on approach to land behind a large aircraft, you should fly ___ the preceding aircraft's flight path and land ___ its touchdown point.

5. For a small aircraft taking off from an intersection on the same runway behind a large aircraft, the controller must provide a ____-minute delay for wake turbulence.

6. The separation standard for a small aircraft landing behind a heavy jet, such as a Boeing 777, is ____ miles.

7. Calm winds reduce your chance of a wake turbulence encounter.

8. Pilots flying small aircraft should be concerned about the wake turbulence produced by other small aircraft.

9. The _____ has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring appropriate separation and positioning to avoid wake turbulence created by other aircraft.

10. A pilot who suspects wake turbulence is affecting his or her aircraft should ___.