The Ultimate Things That Can Go Wrong in Air Sports Quiz

The Ultimate Things That Can Go Wrong in Air Sports Quiz
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About This Quiz

One of the most exciting, and of course dangerous, branches of sport is air sport. Even the best trained and equipped professional has to be aware of the things that can go wrong in air sports. Take this quiz and learn more about how to avoid things that sometimes do go wrong.
Which body governs air sports?
Aeronautic Sports Federation
World Air Sports Coalition
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) governs air sports and aeronautical records.

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How many disciplines of air sports are regulated by the organization?
14
10
There are 10 disciplines governed by the FAI and wingsuit flying, which is not covered.
6

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When did air sports first begin?
turn of the 20th century
They began at the turn of the 20th century soon after the invention of flight.
after World War I with its famous air battles
after the heroic air battles of World War II

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In modern parachuting, what is the scariest thing that can happen?
landing on rocky terrain
vertigo during freefall
parachute malfunction
Parachute malfunction is in all probability the scariest thing that can happen.

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What is the usual cause of parachute malfunction?
bad packing
equipment failure
faulty equipment or human error
Parachute malfunction can result from bad packing, faulty equipment or human error.

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How can you avoid parachute malfunction?
There is nothing you can do to avoid malfunctions.
Familiarize yourself with emergency procedures.
Check your equipment, position yourself properly, learn emergency procedures.
Other than checking and packing the parachute yourself, if you're qualified, all you can do is to follow the rules and familiarize yourself with emergency procedures.

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What could go wrong after your canopy opens and you float downwards?
Once the parachute opens, it's a straight forward descent.
Sudden winds can blow you off course.
Sudden strong winds can blow you off course and into danger or a navigation error can cause you to get lost after landing.
As long as you stay alert and navigate properly, you'll be fine.

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What are considered basic survival items?
water and a knife
mp3 player and a Swiss Army knife
GPS and a cellphone
Apart from water, you should have a GPS, compass, map and cellphone.

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What can you do in the event of engine failure in a single-engine aircraft?
Use the ejection mechanism.
Attempt an emergency landing.
Usually, the only thing to do is to attempt an emergency landing.
Try to repair the engine.

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Is there any way to prevent engine failure?
You can only reduce the risk but cannot totally prevent engine failure.
The best you can do is ensure proper maintenance and be alert for any warning signs.
Proper maintenance is the best way to prevent engine failure.
Always do a low-level test flight before setting out on a journey.

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What is one of the leading causes of skydiving fatalities?
incorrect exit from the aircraft
equipment failure
midair collisions
Midair collisions are one of the main causes of fatalities -- either with stationary objects or other skydivers.

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What ground obstacle is the greatest threat to low flying pilots?
power lines
Power lines and pylons are the main threats.
flocks of birds
television antennae

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If you are prone to blackouts, how do you prepare for skydiving?
Take the proper medicine beforehand.
Drink coffee and listen to music.
You don't skydive.
People prone to blackouts should not be skydiving, because of the danger involved.

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What is a common problem in many air sports?
improper behavior in midair
torn straps
Torn straps are a common and often disastrous problem.
collisions with pylons

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Why is education especially important in air sports?
Education is secondary to making sure your equipment is good.
Knowing where other flyers or skydivers are will help avoid collisions.
Knowing the terrain can help you avoid disaster.
Learning about the terrain you will be flying over can help you avoid disaster when landing, especially if the landing is not where you had planned.

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Can deaths and injuries be prevented by stricter regulations and rules?
Regulations need to be far more stringent.
Equipment needs to be better maintained, there are enough rules.
People need to obey the rules that exist.
The problem is not regulatory but misinformed individuals or those who choose not to obey the rules.

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What factor needs to be checked before flight?
fuel
weather
You need to check the weather report carefully.
survival gear

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How dangerous is bad weather to modern light aircraft?
It can be deadly.
It can be deadly, no matter whether lightning, fog or heavy rain.
Modern aircraft are built to deal with bad weather.
It is basically no more than a nuisance.

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Apart from parachuting of all types, how else can falling be a problem for those engaged in air sports?
Spectators fall over cliffs while watching hang gliding.
Passengers fall out of light aircraft.
People fall from balloons.
Every year a few people fall out of balloons when they lean over the side.

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How critical is landing well?
Landing is fairly important.
Incorrect landing can be fatal.
Most skydiving fatalities are caused by incorrect or hard landings.
Landing is less important than mid air collisions.

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You Got:
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