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What radial is the aircraft crossing?

A radial is always pointing (radiating) away from the VOR. But your instrument shows the TO/FROM indicator as TO. So you are crossing a 210 course towards the VOR, which means you are on the 030 ...
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FAA Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test: Sign Question

This sign is a taxiway ending marker. I retrieved this graphic from the CFI Notebook Website.
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In a spin, are both wings stalled?

EDIT 9/14/22 Correct FAA answer: Yes, both are stalled. Reality: It depends For a steady state spin, the inward wing has to have less lift and more drag to sustain the combined roll and yaw motion. ...
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What does a "runway hold position sign" denote?

You are correct that the general idea of a "runway hold position" sign is to keep aircraft from hitting each other, but that applies to all three answers. You need to tighten your focus a ...
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May a Recreational Pilot demonstrate her/his own plane to a prospective buyer?

It looks like a recreational pilot can demo their own aircraft, because the FAA considers "salesperson" to be a profession or job in the lay sense that you mentioned. This is from the ...
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In a spin, are both wings stalled?

No, one wing has at least partially attached flow. How else would there be a rolling and yawing moment which keeps the spin movement alive? During a spin the aircraft experiences a linear variation in ...
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Which frequency to contact when arriving at a Class C airport when the tower is open, and which frequency when it is closed?

It was my understanding that when the airport is in towered operation, we contact the control tower (CTAF) as we do in a lot of class D airspaces. You have the wrong understanding. At a Class D ...
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Increasing bank angle, load factor and rate of turn

You are right, of course. B is also correct. Never put too much stock in the so-called "right" answer to a test question. It is extremely common to find mistakes in these materials. Here's ...
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You are flying an IFR trip in a Cessna 172 and you receive a pilot report (PIREP). It is useful if:

Flying a single-engine Cessna, you are unlikely to benefit from a PIREP provided by a plane flying 25 000 ft above your cruising conditions. There is usually some trickery involved in FAA/EASA tests. ...
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What are the oxygen requirements for an IFR flight eastbound on V520 from DBS VORTAC in an unpressurized aircraft at the MEA?

The MEA is over 14000, so crew members must be using oxygen at all times. This means that both 1 and 3 are wrong. By process of elimination, 2 must be the correct answer. A better answer to this would ...
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Are these questions really on the FAA Glider Commercial written test?

Well, now that I've taken (and passed) the test, I feel somewhat qualified to answer my own question. The first question, The VOR CDI indication deflection question, was indeed on the test. There ...
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For purposes of the FAA instrument written, which system becomes primary for pitch following an AHRS failure?

The AHRS is the Attitude and Heading Reference System. It is synonymous to the Gyroscopic systems of a steam gauge aircraft. The ADC or Air Data Computer is synonymous to the pitot-static system in a ...
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You are flying an IFR trip in a Cessna 172 and you receive a pilot report (PIREP). It is useful if:

(A) makes sense because the other two options are a bit open ended. (A) has all the information you need to judge whether it's a potential correct answer or not. If the 747 is above the FZ LVL, you ...
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What altitude to fly on a STAR when it reads "expect"?

Terrible question (not your question, but the test question). As far as I can tell, there are NO altitudes on the arrival that are mandatory; everything is an "expect" altitude only. When you are "...
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Should you trust the POH in this regard?

Yes you'll be penalized because the question is to determine if you know how the derive the numbers from your POH, not how much additional fudge factor you think is necessary. The examiner should ...
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In a spin, are both wings stalled?

A spin is an autorotation that requires an asymmetric thrust force to sustain. This requires the wing span to be anchored at one end by drag, with the other end developing enough thrust to overcome ...
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Where is there an FAA source that states that squall lines are non-frontal?

If you go back and look at the previous version of that AC, AC-006A, the index has this definition: squall line - Any nonfrontal line or narrow band of active thunderstorms (with or without squalls). ...
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Do FAA knowledge test endorsements have an implicit expiration date? If not, can I add one explicitly?

The last that I looked into it, there were no expiration dates on written test endorsements by CFI and GI. However, the FAA has made it clear many times that instructors are free to add conditions to ...
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Can I take the FAA CFI knowledge exam(s) based on my EASA ATPL knowledge?

There is no official theory exam preparation process that is required to be able to take the test, you can do all preparation on your own. If you are asking if having passed the EASA ATP theory exam ...
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What altitude to fly on a STAR when it reads "expect"?

If you're given a Descend Via, then you use the STAR for vertical guidance, and usually those clearances are given on RNAV STARs. Otherwise, you'll be given explicit descent instructions the Expect is ...
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Are FAA Written Exam Questions 'Dynamically' Selected?

No, the questions are not dynamically selected. All of the questions are available at the start of the exam and you can skip around in the testing software to each question at any time. If you use ...
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How does the line of thrust affect longitudinal stability?

You have two different questions. Question 1 Can someone explain why the moment changes when thrust is applied? The graph below illustrates the forces from a propulsor and its relative location ...
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How does the line of thrust affect longitudinal stability?

There is a general rule: don't trust "Pilot's Handbooks" when they talk about aerodynamics. More often than not, they are full of misconceptions and, at best, oversimplifications. In your quote, for ...
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FAA Knowledge Test Question Bank - What is the source of the actual test questions?

Years ago (35?), I taught ground school for pilots. The question pool was not published then (it was later published, and then withdrawn), the company would send college students to take the FAA test,...
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What altitude to fly on a STAR when it reads "expect"?

The exact wording of the arrival clearance is critical in order to properly answer your question. Since this arrival only contains "expect" altitude restrictions, the clearance should also contain a ...
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What radial is the aircraft crossing?

Radials radiate outwards from a station, just like the magnetic bearings on a compass rose. So, the outward radial is just the reciprocal of the inbound bearing. The key is the β€œTO” flag. If you ...
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