AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2012 - 41
TEST PILOT ANSWERS from page 38
1. The airplane was so smooth and vibrationfree that instruments tended to stick, a problem solved by installing a doorbell mechanism on the panel to vibrate the instruments. Early Boeing jetliners had altimeter vibrators to prevent sticking. 2. True. Although never deployed, the Blohm & Voss 40 was equipped with a 20-mm cannon. After being towed aloft, it was to dive and swoop through Allied bomber formations and destroy what it could in the process. If a pilot were to survive such a mission, he would glide to a landing. 3. Aircraft engines operate at higher cylinderhead temperatures than do automotive engines. As a result, additives in automotive oil can form ash deposits in cylinders that can lead to hot spots, sticking valves, piston holes, and other problems. 4. Three degrees Celsius. This is determined by subtracting two degrees for each 1,000 feet of elevation from the standard temperature (at sea level) of 15 degrees. In other words, three degrees Celsius (or 38 degrees Fahrenheit) is the standard temperature for an altitude/elevation of 6,000 feet. 5. Not likely. Valeri Polyakov is a man. 6. d. VX increases and VY decreases such that they eventually become the same at the airplane’s absolute ceiling. 7. It is a Cessna 152 that has been converted to a taildragger and typically equipped with a more powerful, 150- or 160-hp engine. 8. c. Aircraft reaction (acceleration or G load) to a vertical gust increases as the load carried by each square foot of wing decreases. This is primarily why pilots of aircraft with different wing loadings report turbulence differently.
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