SSA Bronze Badge Study Guide Q201-220

201) Wires are an especially dangerous hazard on off field landings. You should:
a) Be able to see wires from normal landing pattern altitude.
b) Fly a full, 360 degree pattern, looking for poles, shadows, patterns.
c) Utility wires seldom cross farm fields far from highways.

202) When entering a thermal, it is usually best to:
a) Begin turning as soon as the variometer shows a reduced rate of sink.
b) Turn as soon as you have a positive indication on the variometer.
c) Wait for three to five seconds after there is a positive indication on the variometer.

203) While thermalling, you should:
a) Go straight when the lift decreases.
b) Go straight when the lift increases.
c) Increase bank angle when lift increases.

204) Takeoff from a landout retrieve on a dusty surface such as a dry lake bed, is best done:
a) with one eye closed.
b) using short field take-off procedures.
c) with the glider positioned, and then held, slightly upwind by rudder.

205) Hazards to expect in recently harvested farm fields include:
a) Animal burrows, undulating terrain, hidden ditches, irrigation pipes.
b) Small farm animals, large bird nests, farm equipment.
c) Freshly harvested farm fields are usually smooth and have few risks.

206) During an off field landing, it appears you will not stop before rolling into a wire fence. You should:
a) Try to hit the fence between posts so the impact is absorbed by the wings.
b) Wire fences seldom cause problems, so it is unimportant how they are impacted.
c) Try to hit post with fuselage.

207) During an off field landing, it appears you will not stop before rolling into a row of large trees.
a) You should guide glider fuselage between trees so wings absorb impact energy.
b) You should try to hit tree trunk with fuselage.
c) It is unlikely you will be able to control direction as you hit the trees.

208) During a cross country flight, you have made several errors of judgment, and must land in a lake.
a) You should try to land in the middle of the lake.
b) You should try to land near the shore and roll up onto the beach.
c) You should land with the landing gear down.

209) You are forced to land in a small, recently-planted farm field. You should:
a) Land with the landing gear in a retracted position.
b) Land with the dive brakes closed.
c) Land with the landing gear extended.

210) A pilot decides to do some local flying. There is a very strong cross wind, and no one else is flying. The pilot thinks, "I know I can handle the glider when the situation is tough." The hazardous thought demonstrated is:
a) Anti-authority.
b) Impulsivity.
c) Macho.

211) A pilot decides to attempt a final glide into a strong head wind over unfriendly terrain thinking, "I can make it if I find a little lift along the way, or there is not much sink." The hazardous thought demonstrated is:
a) Impulsivity.
b) Resignation.
c) Invulnerability.

212) What is indicated when a current CONVECTIVE SIGMET forecasts thunderstorms?
a) Moderate thunderstorms covering 30 percent of the area.
b) Moderate or severe turbulence.
c) Thunderstorms obscured by massive cloud layers.

213) In addition to the standard briefing, what additional information should be asked of the weather briefer in order to evaluate soaring conditions?
a) The atmospheric soundings to determine the thermal index at all soaring levels.
b) Dry adiabatic rate of cooling to determine the height of cloud bases.
c) Moist adiabatic rate of cooling to determine the height of cloud tops.

214) What should pilots state initially when telephoning a weather briefing facility for preflight weather information?
a) Tell the number of occupants on board.
b) Identify themselves as pilots.
c) State their total flight time.

215) What information is contained in a CONVECTIVE SIGMET?
a) Tornadoes, embedded thunderstorms, and hail inch or greater in diameter.
b) Severe icing, severe turbulence, or widespread dust storms lowering visibility to less than 3 miles.
c) Surface winds greater than 40 knots or thunderstorms equal to or greater than video integrator processor (VIP) level 4.

216) The boundary between two different air masses is referred to as a:
a) Frontolysis.
b) Frontogenesis.
c) Front.

217) What is the approximate base of the cumulus clouds if the surface air temperature at 1,000 feet MSL is 70 F and the dew point is 48 F?
a) 4,000 feet MSL.
b) 5,000 feet MSL.
c) 6,000 feet MSL.

218) The suffix "nimbus" used in naming clouds, means:
a) A cloud with extensive vertical development.
b) A rain cloud.
c) A middle cloud containing ice pellets.

219) An almond or lens-shaped cloud which appears stationary, but which may contain winds of 50 knots or more, is referred to as
a) An inactive frontal cloud.
b) A funnel cloud.
c) A lenticular cloud.

220) Which factor would tend to increase the density altitude at a given airport?
a) An increase in barometric pressure.
b) An increase in ambient temperature.
c) A decrease in relative humidity.

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