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Safety Quiz

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ASI Safety Quiz

Operations at Nontowered Airports

If you think the lack of ATC means anything goes when operating at nontowered airports, you may be creating undue hazards to yourself and your fellow pilots. Take this Sporty's Safety Quiz to learn more about operating safely at nontowered airports.

1. Approximately 50% of U.S. airports have air traffic control towers.

2. When departing the runway (and remaining in the traffic pattern), the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) recommends climbing beyond the departure end of the runway, on the extended runway centerline, to within _____ feet of pattern altitude before turning crosswind.

3. On a VFR sectional chart, airports with control towers will be depicted by a ____-colored airport symbol.

4. If you are operating from a nontowered airport located within the surface area of another airport's Class D airspace, when are you required to contact that airport's control tower?

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

6. Especially during times of high activity, the CTAF should only be used for _____.

7. The Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) or Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) broadcast, if available, should be receivable within _____ nautical miles of the airport.

8. Traffic pattern position announcements should be made _____ the next pattern leg to aid in collision avoidance.

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 ask for any traffic in the area to "please advise."