Aviation Information

The Aviation Info Subtest is designed to gauge your knowledge of basic airplane functions and mechanics. Understanding the forces that act upon an airplane in flight and becoming familiar with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations (if you are not already) will also be helpful. Though the questions on the Aviation Info portion of the AFOQT will typically not be as in-depth as the questions on FAA exam(s), it is better to be over-prepared than under:).

Subtest Information: Time: 8 MinutesItems: 20

Aviation Information

Aviation Info example questions:

1. Which control is used to rotate an aircraft about its vertical axis?

A) Elevator

B) Rudder

C) Aileron

D) Flaps

E) None of the above

2. Movement about an aircraft’s lateral axis is known as:

A) Pitch

B) Yaw

C) Roll

D) Drag

E) Lift

Answers: 1: B, 2: A

Practice Questions:

1) Aircraft rudder effectiveness increases with______.

A. Temperature

B. Altitude

C. Headwind

D. Speed

E. Tailwind

2) What is an adverse yaw?

A. Yaw in the direction of the banked wing

B. Yaw in the direction of the raised wing

C. Yaw in the direction of airflow

D.  Yaw in the direction of the sun

E. None of the above

3) Which of the following types of [aviation] altitude is measured in terms of elevation above sea level?

A. Thermal altitude

B. Indicated altitude

C. True altitude

D. Pressure altitude

E. Density Altitude

4) Who first broke the sound barrier?

A. Amelia Earhart

B. Howard Hughes

C. Audie Murphy

D. Chuck Yeager

E. Charles Lindbergh

5) If the right wing of an aircraft is tilted downward (relative to the left wing), which primary control is being turned upward?

A. Right Aileron

B. Left Aileron

C. Upper Rudder

D. Lower Rudder

E. Stabilizer

6) How fast is the speed of sound?

A. 522 miles per hour (mph)

B. 697 miles per hour (mph)

C. 741 miles per hour (mph)

D. 943 miles per hour (mph)

E. 801 miles per hour (mph)

7) Which of the following is a secondary flight control?

A. Fuselage

B. Aileron

C. Elevators

D. Rudders

E. Wing Flaps

8) If the left aileron is up, which way is the aircraft rolling?

A. Downward

B. Right

C. Left

D. Upward

E. None of the above

9) A stall is most likely related to _______.

A. Low air speed

B. High air speed

C. Distracted pilot

D. Low altitude

E. None of the above

10) Which of the following is a primary flight control?

A. Rudders

B. Landing gear

C. Throttle

D. Altimeter

E. None of the above


  1. D
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. A (Right aileron up, left aileron down causes a roll to the right (i.e., aircraft is rolling to the right))
  6. C (Can also be written as: 1,087 ft/s; 1,192 km/h; 331.2 mps; 644 kn – Note: Speed IS affected by temperature)
  7. E
  8. C (Left aileron up, right aileron down causes a roll to the left)
  9. A (Stall occurs when there is not enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight – often due to low air speed)
  10. A (Primary flight controls: ailerons, rudders, stabilizer/elevator)

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