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I was required to ask questions on the national airspace system based on the levels of learning in the fundamentals of instruction. Most of the ones I came up with were rote level and a few application type. I need like 10 good correlative questions on any topic for my CFI oral. Maybe systems, weather, aerodynamics, airspace, any topic from the PTS really

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  1. Curtis Ide on May 17, 2012

    Heres a few to start with and they are based on airspace!
    – What are the weather requirements in Class E Airspace? You should know the answer.
    – Why do they change above 10,000 feet MSL? 250 kt limitation is removed
    – What else is required above 10,000 feet? Mode C Transponder (for TCAS to see faster moving airplanes)
    – What is the weather requirement in Class B Airspace?
    – Why would Class B Airspace require less cloud clearance? Because all aircraft are under positive control.
    Another good basic level instruction lesson is to correlate increasing lift with increasing drag which you can then relate to adverse yaw, need for rudder in turns, and even when wake turbulence is strongest once they understand when lift higher.
    Good luck.

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  2. Curtis Ide on May 17, 2012

    Forgot to mention relating the increasing lift to induced drag – (makes the wake turbulence thing make a little more sense).  Also to clarifyt all aircraft have to be cleared into Class B airspace. I guess I need to read back through a little better before I hit submit next time. 

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  3. Kris Kortokrax on May 17, 2012

    From your post, it sounds as if you have been through the oral and are trying to prepare for a retest.
    I seem to recall that rote questions typically start with what, where, when.
    What is the required fuel reserve?  When do you need to turn on position lights? etc.
    Understanding questions start with why
    Why do we want a fuel reserve?  Why would the fuel reserve be greater at night?
    Application question start with how or describe.
    How do we calculate fuel burn and the reserve?
    Correlation typically requires presenting a scenario and evaluating the students performance.
    Assign a cross country flight to plan, complete with navigation log.  Evaluate whether the student correctly calculates fuel burn, required reserve.  Further, observe whether the student leans the mixture in flight so as to assure that the actual fuel burn matches the planned fuel burn.

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  4. Cherie Ann Kurian on May 17, 2012

    @ Curtis Ide I was actually asked the one about less cloud clearance in B. The Class E ones are good really. It’s kinda how I framed mine. But he didn’t want a bunch of rote and application level questions leading upto it u know.
    He gave an example. I am at Alma, GA, its BKN090 5SM, surface E, can I depart VFR to KISM? So this makes u think about cloud clearance and visibility in E, then 91.155(c) you cannot operate VFR beneath the ceiling in controlled airspace, if ceiling is less than 1000ft. Finally SVFR
    So basically he wants single questions, correlative in nature, any topic, may be scenario based. No whats and hows. Only whys

    @ Kris Kortokrax Its not a retest. The oral was discontinued after 6 hours. I made it through almost everything in the PTS. He asked me to do a few things and go back. Like take the TSA security awareness course, do some research on accident/ incident reports, surveys and stats on AOPA, come up with a plan to transition my student from initial solo to solo x/c and come up with a few correlation questions. The correlation thing is FOI. The solo plan I am not sure was a valid question. We are expected to know how to make a lesson plan, logbook endorsements and private pilot experience requirements. I think making a syllabus is a little out there. The TSA and AOPA thing, he wanted me to know that stuff, but I am not sure he could unsat me on that stuff. That’s probably why he discontinued.

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  5. Cherie Ann Kurian on May 17, 2012

    @ Curtis Ide Why do we need to use rudder while turning? Great question. Then he can go off about everything he knows about aerodynamics.
    @ Kris Kortokrax Thanks for the fuel reserve one. I can’t use the nav log question cuz he doesn’t want building blocks. Just plain why questions that make you think outside the box.

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    Wes Beard on May 17, 2012

    I thought Kris’ explanation of how we can ask different types of questions and how they relate to the levels of learning is great.  Very well thought out.
    Your best bet is to devise a series of scenario based questions on the national airspace system or other topic.  For example, you are climbing higher and higher, what are significant altitudes we need to be aware of in regards to the regulation?  This question brings correlates the national airpsace system, weather minimums, physiology and oxygen requirements as well as equipment equipment requirements.
    Taking off from Denver, CO, what are some things to consider that is different than taking off from Los Angeles, CA?  This question correlates performace, weight restrictions and aerodynamics.  
    Some of my favorite scenario based questions:  You are taking your first family member flying after your private pilot certificate.  What are the preparations you need to make to legally fly with your family.  Question will deal with regulations, safety of flight considerations, physiology, preflight, weather and navigation.
    After the student answers my question, I inevitably ask them why.  Correlative questions will always rely on principles from multiple disciplines to answer the quesiton. 

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  7. Kris Kortokrax on May 17, 2012

    Who is conducting the practical? A DPE or an FAA inspector?
    Discontinuance occurs because of mechanical issues, physiological issues or environmental issues.  Page 7-29 of Order 8900.2 which applies to examiners and inspectors alike.
    No broken airplane, incapacitated pilot or examiner, no weather issue, then there should be no discontinuance.
    What is the reason listed in your letter of discontinuance?
    TSA and AOPA reports have no place in the testing process.  Maybe  as suggestions during the debrief.

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  8. Cherie Ann Kurian on May 18, 2012

    @ Wes Beard Thanks a bunch. Great questions
    @ Kris Kortokrax It was a DPE. The thing is that I didn’t a letter. Neither disapproval nor discontinuance. But my instructor and I figured that had I failed he would have asked me to do some ground with my instructor and get re-endorsed. He just discontinued the oral, asked me to do some research and get back to him

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