Could You Pass the Aviation Selection Test Battery for the Air Force?

By: Annette
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Could You Pass the Aviation Selection Test Battery for the Air Force?
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About This Quiz

Are you ready to be a pilot? Because in this quiz, we're about to find out. The ASTB can be challenging for some, but not for you, Intrepid Flyer. You're about to get your wings!
What light signal is used at an airport tower to warn of unsafe conditions?
Flashing red light
At a controlled airport, a flashing red light signals that there are unsafe conditions. It means that the pilot should not land the aircraft.
Yellow light
Strobing green light

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The altimeter shows the height of an aircraft above a particular pressure level in what measurement?
10s of miles
100s of yards
1000s of feet
The altimeter shows the height of an aircraft above a particular pressure level in thousands of feet. The altimeter is used to measure the altitude of an object above a fixed level.

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Using the 24-hour clock, what does 7 PM look like?
1700
1900
Using the 24 hour clock, 7 PM looks like 1900. You basically add 12 to any number above 12 noon!
2100

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The pitot is used for measuring _______.
Direction
Altitude
Airspeed
The pitot is used for measuring airspeed. It's also known as a pitot tube or pitot probe.

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Which airport runway light silluminate the runway?
White
White lights are used to illuminate the airport runway. It ain't no disco, folks.
Blue
Green

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Which of these engines can operate outside the Earth's atmosphere?
Jet engine
Rocket engine
Of these choices, only the rocket engine could operate outside the earth's atmosphere. Don't even try to use a four-stroke Diesel engine.
Four-stroke diesel engine

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What is a tailhook used for when landing on an aircraft carrier?
Catching arresting cables
The tailhook of an aircraft is used to catch the arresting cables on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Without catching those cables, you're SOL, as they say.
Easing the rudder
Assisting the T-bar

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Which of these is a flight instrument?
Tachometer
Altimeter
Of these choices, only the altimeter is a real flight instrument. You're not going to find a tachometer in the cockpit.
Control column

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Latitude and longitude express position in _______.
Time
Meridians
Degrees
The coordinates of latitude and longitude expression position in degrees. Understanding latitude and longitude as a pilot is kind of a big deal.

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What does VFR stand for?
Velocity Flight Resistance
Virtual Flight Recall
Visual Flight Rules
VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules. These are a set of regulations under which a pilot operates an aircraft in clear weather conditions.

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What happens when a pilot pulls back on the control stick?
The elevators extend
The elevators move up
When a pilot pulls back on the control stick, the elevators move up. It would be a very bad thing if they retracted!
The elevators move down

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The angle between the chord line of a wing and the flight direction is called the _______.
Angle of attack
The angle of attack is the angle between the chord line of a wing and the flight direction. The chord line is also known as airfoil.
Angle of roll
Angle of dread

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What does "aft" mean?
Front
Right
Behind
"Aft" means behind. "Port" is left and "starboard" is right, while "fore" is front.

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"Semper Paratus" is the motto of _______.
The Marines
The Army
The Coast Guard
Semper Paratus is the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Latin phrase means "always ready."

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If the end of the runway is numbered 09, what is the other end of the runway?
09
90
27
If one end of the runway is 09, the other end of the same runway is 27. The 9 signifies a runway pointing east at 90°.

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Which of these is an aerodynamic force acting on an aircraft in flight?
Lift
Weight
Thrust
All of the above
Lift, weight and thrust are all aerodynamic forces acting upon an aircraft in flight. Drag is also added to the list.

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________ are designed to help minimize a pilot's workload.
Trim systems
Trim systems are designed to help minimize a pilot's workload. They do this by aerodynamically assisting movement and position of the flight control surfaces to which they are attached.
Spoilers
Adverse yaw deflectors

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How long is a nautical mile?
1,000 feet
3,498 feet
6,076 feet
A nautical mile is 6,076 feet. It is also based on the circumference of the earth, and is equal to one minute of latitude.

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Two statute miles = ________.
1 nautical mile
1.74 nautical miles
Two statute miles are equal to 1.74 nautical miles. The statute mile actually has its origin in Roman times.
3 nautical miles

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What's the first thing that you do when someone goes overboard?
Shoot a flare gun
Reduce the ship's speed
Throw life buoys over
The first thing that you do when someone goes overboard is to throw life buoys to them. That is, unless you made them walk the plank!

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How is a fixed-wing aircraft controlled around its longitudinal axis?
Elevators
Ailerons
A fixed-wing aircraft is controlled around its longitudinal axis by the ailerons. Ailerons can be used to generate a rolling motion for an aircraft.
Rudder

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The empennage of an airplane is the _______.
Main body
Wing root
Tail section
The empennage of an aircraft refers to its tail section. It's an arrangement of stabilizing surfaces.

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Which of these is not an aid to navigation?
Buoys
Fog signals
Mountain peaks
Of these, mountain peaks are not considered aids to navigation. Lightships and lorans make the list.

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When facing inland, what buoy marks the right side of a channel?
Nun buoy
When facing inland, the nun buoy marks the right side of the channel. This buoy is circular in the middle then tapers at both ends.
Gong buoy
Spar

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What is the watch length for the Officer of the Deck on an aircraft carrier?
4 hours
The standard watch length for the Officer of the Deck on an aircraft carrier is four hours. That's just about as long as he can concentrate that hard!
8 hours
12 hours

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What is the longitudinal width of time zones at sea?
7 degrees
10 degrees
15 degrees
The longitudinal width of time zones at sea is 15 degrees. These are referred to as bands of longitude.

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TEL is an additive that ______.
Increases gasoline antilock
TEL is an additive that increases the antilock quality of gasoline. It stands for tetraethyl lead.
Adheres to noxious chemicals
Helps an airplane exhaust

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What makes fog form?
Cold air moving over hot water
Warm air moving over cold water
Fog is formed when warm air moves over cold water. That's why your swimming pool steams up.
Warm air moving over warm water

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When facing inland, the buoy that marks the left side of a channel is the ______.
Dog buoy
Whistle buoy
Can buoy
When facing inland, the buoy that marks the left side of a channel is called the can buoy. These are often green, with odd numbers on them.

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Which of these ropes is the strongest?
Cotton
Hemp
Nylon
Nylon is the strongest rope material from these choices. Nylon is also good for its elastic stretch properties.

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What is the "Pri-Fly"?
Aircraft carrier control tower
The "Pri-Fly" is the control tower of an aircraft carrier. It is short for "primary flight control."
The fueling dock
The prime runway for takeoff

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At sea, the Beaufort scale is used for measuring _______.
Atmospheric pressure
Wind speed
When at sea, the Beaufort scale is used for measuring wind speed. It is based on observation rather than accurate measurement.
Turbulence

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The standard weight used for gasoline in an airplane is approximately _______.
6 lbs/US gallon
The standard weight used for gasoline in an airplane is 6 lbs/US gallon. Standard weights are used in weight and balance computations.
8 lbs/US gallon
10 lbs/US gallon

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What color shirt does a plane handler wear on an aircraft carrier?
Green
Yellow
Blue
On an aircraft carrier, a plane handler wears a blue shirt. This also applies to tractor drivers.

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Where is the International Date Line located?
The prime meridian
The 180th meridian
The International Date Line is located at the 180th meridian. This is otherwise known as the antimeridian.
The 360th meridian

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