Trick Questions

As an adventure, I am pursuing my commercial pilot’s license.  Fear not, you won’t be hearing my maniacal laughter from the front of your airline jet.  This is more for me as a deputy-adjacent-assistant-auxiliary-part time career excursion.


Aside from the flying and the book knowledge, at this level there are also application questions… given a situation, can I resolve a problem knowing the rules, but thinking beyond them as well.


I did great on some and so-so on others.  Here are a couple of the latter.  Just for fun, I’m intrigued to hear how you would reply.  There are no ‘right’ answers, per se.  The instructor’s answers (and mine) are at the end – – –


1)              You are the first officer (co-pilot) on a flight crew.  You have a flight with a layover in a distant city and are in your hotel room.  There is a knock at the door of your hotel room.  You open the door… and there stands your Captain in a dress and high heels, asking you out to dinner.  What should you do?


2)             [For this one, you need to know the rule—8 hours from bottle to throttle… no alcohol within 8 hours of flying]  You have a long flight with another layover.  You were delayed due to weather and have to do the return flight in just 7 hours.  You call room service from your hotel room only to find they are closed, but they offer that the bar is still serving appetizers.  Scooting down to the bar, you walk in to see your Captain sitting at the bar with a drink in hand.  What should you do?



Question 1)  My answer:  I’d make sure his shoes matched his dress, compliment him, and politely decline.


Instructor’s answer:  Compliment her and grab your coat to go to dinner with her.


The Point?:  Think out of the box.  But, don’t be presumptuous.  This also checks to see, can you (candidate pilot) recognize and accept that women can and are in the Captain’s seat nowadays?  Maybe this one is easier for women…or younger men…  But a lady friend I quizzed on this made the same presumption as I.


Question 2)  My answer:  Taking to heart not being presumptuous [Ed. Note:  See!?!  I can learn!], I’d say to her, “Having a Pepsi, huh?  I think I’ll have a Ginger Ale.”  Then let her admit otherwise.


Instructor’s answer:  Sit down next to the Captain and tell the bartender, “I’ll have what she’s having.”


The Point?  I like the instructor’s answer.  Less confrontational than my answer, yet still allows me to find out quickly if there’s alcohol (in which case we both get blasted for the evening, cancel the flight, and likely get canned).

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11 Responses to “Trick Questions”

  1. Rob Says:

    Gnu kid: Oh, come on. Those were easy. Let’s hear how you would solve the Kobayashi Maru!


  2. kyknoord Says:

    Rob: *snort* Very witty, Wilde. I wish I’d said that.

    Incidentally, with all this eating and drinking, I think your captain might need to keep an eye on her waistline.

  3. daisyfae Says:

    although a pilot with a clever mind gives me comfort, i’m rather fond of pilots with MAD FLYING SKILZ. if the plane has trouble in flight, i’m not sure i want him reviewing MENSA-like riddles?!?! (and yes, i screwed up on the “Tranny Captain” question…)

  4. thegnukid Says:

    Rob – Why, cheat, of course…just like Kirk did. Or lose very ungracefully, while looking absolutely stunning in a dress and high heels.

    kyknoord – Actually, you’ve nailed an occupational hazard for corporate pilots…lots of opportunity for no exercise and diets of Twinkies and YooHoo! I’ll have to be careful

    daisyfae – Oh, I’m pretty sure I got ‘da skilz’. And I agree with your logic…fly the damn plane first and we can play the Double Jeopardy question over whiskey shooters at the bar after we land!

  5. silverstar98121 Says:

    *sheepish grin* I also failed the Tranny Captain quiz. I plead that I am of an older generation where women were only allowed to be nurses, teachers, secretaries, and Mommies. I keep forgetting we are no longer that limited.

  6. thegnukid Says:

    silverstar – Whew!! I was thinking I was going to be almost alone on that one. Between you and the other lady, that’s three of us who need to regear our heads.

  7. nursemyra Says:

    I knew it was a woman straight away as it reminded me of that old story about the sugeon who sees a young boy and his father being wheeled in to the ER after a car accident and immediately says “that’s my son”…..

    would have failed the second question though

  8. thegnukid Says:

    nm – damn…you’re right! I remember that story. Leave it to the medical profession to lead the way…

    Let me guess on the second question…you would have ordered the full fifth straight away? ;->

  9. Kym Says:

    Sheesh, I went down in a nose dive on those two questions. I loved the instructors answers, though.

  10. thegnukid Says:

    Kym – [Whew] It makes me feel good not to be alone on the nose diving. The instructor actually got those questions from interviews he’s doing for getting an airline job.

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