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Old 06-07-2006, 07:45 PM   #1  
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Red face CFI PREP - Some Questions

Initial CFI Checkride is this Sunday, here are some questions I am pondering, if anyone could help answer / explain them that would be great:

What is a "Clark Y Airfoil" Piper Arrow 3's have them supposedly?

What is the best way to teach runway incursion avoidance to a brand new student?

What does the equipment list in for example, a Piper Arrow's POH tell you? Is it regulatory in nature? Obviously it tells us the equipment on the airplane, but what else?

Why does the rudder move freely on the ground on a C-152, and not on a Piper Arrow?

Why does the stability decrease when the Center of Gravity is moved rearward? I understand the relation between the CP and CG, and the elevator/stabilator control surface. I do not understand how moving the CG furthur back (closer to the CP and elevator) decreases Longitudinal Stability.

What is a "required crew member?"

On a VFR sectional, what does FCT mean if located in the airport description?

How does one prepare a course of training? I know its a general question, what type of stuff must you consider?

What minimum training would a CFI need to give a private pilot who only has a rotocraft category rating? Is it just the 20 dual and 10 solo in a single-engine airplane (assuming thats what they want) and 10 hours of rotocraft time can be used towards the new Airplane SEL rating?

can you takeoff from a airport in class G airspace where class E begins 1,200 AGL when: 10 mile vis, 900 foot ceiling under VFR? What if an airport 1 mile away is reporting 1/4 mile, but you can see atleast 7 miles?

THANKS IN ADVANCE, I may have more questions later on.
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Incursion Avoidance Technique: Stop at EVERY intersection and verify the identity of what you are crossing. This is for brand new xc solos.

Equipment List: Is regulatory. Has letter codes that identify whether each item is required or not. If an item is broken but not removed it needs to be disabled (often requires a mechanic), have a mx logbook entry, and an inop sticker. On a Cessna, the letter code "O" for optional can be a gotcha...it means a factory option that may have replaced a "R" required item...in which case it is NOT optional for airworthiness. (an O-380 engine might be an "O" because it replaced an O-320 that was an "R") Note: it is possible for an item normally required by the FAR's for night or IFR to required for all operations of that particular airplane. The FAR's apply, but an equipment list can be MORE stringent. Note2: An MEL provides a lot more flexibility than the manufacturers equipment list.

Cessnas have a spring-loaded connection between the nosewheel and the rudder/rudder-pedal assembly. If you move the rudder on the ground, the pedals will move, but the nosewheel probably won't move much due to friction. Maybe a piper has a solid linkage?

Long Stability: The airplanes long. stability is a balance between the CG, CP, and the tail-down force provided by the horiz. stab. Think of it as a tripod...if you move two of the legs closer together it becomes less stable, so elevator forces have a more pronounced affect.

Required crewmember is one who has to be there due to either the aircraft's certificate OR the type of operation conducted. 727's need an FE, airliners need FA's, a pilot doing hood work needs a safety pilot, a non-solo student pilot needs a CFI. Not all of these are pilots or actively flying, but they are required.

There is a KFCT in Wash State. Also FCT can mean Federal Control Tower. I know non-federal control towers are noted on sectionals as NFCT...did you maybe miss the "N"?
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