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 CFI stands for "calibrated flight instrument"

False. It actually stands for "Certified Flight Instructor" and is the person who is qualified to give flying lessons and teach ground school.

 What is the purpose of an airplane's altimeter?
To show the plane's altitude. An essential cockpit instrument, the altimeter shows how high you are flying.

 When you increase throttle and engine RPM's, what happens?
You climb. As the throttle is increased, more lift is generated, and you climb.

 The four main forces acting on an air plane are: lift, drag, thrust and ...
weight. This is one of the first things most pilots learn in ground school.

 Which of these scientific principles explains how an aircraft generates lift?
Bernoulli's principle. Daniel Bernoulli was a Swiss mathematician and physician. He lived from 1700 to 1782.

 If you are flying and see another aircraft with its red light to your right and its green light to your left, in which direction is the other aircraft flying?
Directly toward you. Since the colored "nav lights" show in which direction a plane is headed, you should get out of the way if you see red to your right and green to your left, as it means the other airplane is flying directly toward you!

 What happens when a pilot "flares" during landing?
The pilot raises the plane's nose and waits for the plane to settle to the ground. If done properly, "flaring" is not dangerous, and is in fact how a pilot breaks the descent rate to ensure a smooth, gentle landing.

 What does VFR stand for?
Visual Flight Rules. VFR flight conditions are generally clear skies with good visibility.

 How many takeoffs and landings must a pilot complete every 90 days in order to stay current to carry passengers?
3. If a pilot does not complete 3 takeoffs and landings in a 90-day period, he/she is unable to carry passengers until becoming current again.

 What flight controls are controlled by the plane's yoke?
Ailerons and elevator. The ailerons and elevator direct the plane's pitch and roll.

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