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B1.1 B1.2


To be completed after studying the appropriate parts of

module 17 Propellers

It is recommended that you take this paper as if it is

an actual CAA examination. After-all, it is a learning
tool and the more you get used to doing multi
choice papers the more comfortable you will feel
when doing the actual CAA exam.

Set your time limit (1.3 minutes per question),

complete the paper then check your answers with
those given at the back. Check that you understand
the correct answer for those questions that you
made an incorrect response to.
Licence by Post EASA 66 17A/1



1. The Geometric Pitch of a propeller is the:

(a) Theoretical distance it moves forward in one revolution at that blade

(b) Angle the blade makes with the plane of rotation.
(c) Distance the propeller actually moves forward in one revolution.

2. A fixed pitch propeller is usually at:

(a) Too coarse an angle at take-off.

(b) Too fine an angle at take-off.
(c) It's optimum angle at take-off.

3. A windmilling propeller produces:

(a) Forward thrust and rotates in the normal direction.

(b) Drag and rotates in the normal direction.
(c) Drag and rotates in the opposite direction to normal.

4. The blades are said to be 'feathered' when the:

(a) Blade angle is at coarse.

(b) Blade angle has been turned edge-on to the airflow.
(c) Propeller is windmilling.

5. A reverse pitch propeller is:

(a) Where the blade pitch has been increased - to increase the forward
(b) Where the blade pitch has been reduced to a negative pitch to
reduce the aircraft's speed.
(c) A propeller which varies from coarse to fine pitch automatically.

6. The blade angle used for take-off on an engine fitted with a VP propeller

(a) Coarse pitch.

(b) Feather.
(c) Fine pitch.

7. A propeller is most efficient:
(a) Above 450mph.
(b) Below 450mph.
(c) At all speeds.

8. A fixed pitch propeller is most efficient at:

(a) Low forward speeds.

(b) One forward speed only.
(c) High forward speeds.

9. Propeller 'slip' is the difference between:

(a) Fine and Coarse pitch.

(b) Effective and Geometric pitch.
(c) Effective pitch and Feather.

10. Centrifugal twisting moment tries to force the blades to:

(a) A low angle.

(b) A high angle.
(c) An angle set by the manufacturer.

11. Solidity is the ratio of the:

(a) Number of blades to the propeller diameter.

(b) Total blade area to the propeller diameter.
(c) Total frontal blade area to the disc area.

12. With a positive angle of attack aerodynamic twisting force will tend to turn
the blades to:

(a) Coarse pitch.

(b) Fine pitch.
(c) Negative pitch.

13. Counterweights are blade mounted at 90 to the chord line and will give a
force to turn the blades to:

(a) Coarse.
(b) Fine.
(c) Feather.

14. When referring to a propeller blade angle, we refer to it being:

(a) Along the full length of the blade.

(b) At a datum point somewhere along the blade.
(c) Blade angle when the propeller is in the cruise position.

15. An increase in forward speed and the propeller remaining at the same rpm
will cause the propeller angle of attack to:

(a) Remain the same.

(b) Increase.
(c) Decrease.

16. What is the term used to describe the condition when a negative angle of
attack affects the propeller in flight?

(a) Windmilling.
(b) Reverse thrust.
(c) Thrust reversal.

17. If a propeller is in flight fine pitch and it is moved to feather it will pass

(a) Reverse.
(b) The ALPHA range.
(c) The BETA range.

18. The BETA range is used:

(a) For ground manoeuvres.

(b) For reverse thrust.
(c) In flight.

19. Removal of material from propeller blade tips resulting in reduction of

propeller diameter is known as:

(a) Cropping.
(b) Shedding.
(c) Blending.

20. The part of a propeller blade where damage rectification is not permitted
is the:

(a) Outer third.

(b) Outer two thirds.
(c) Inner third.

21. Blade stations refer to distances from:

(a) Hub centre to blade tip.

(b) Blade shank to blade tip.
(c) Blade root to blade tip.
22. Blending of propeller blade defects refers to:

(a) Repainting of blade tips after cropping.

(b) Matching of external blade finish.
(c) Reshaping sharp edges into a smooth finish.

23. Components used to retain the propeller on the engine shaft are
considered to be:

(a) Engine parts.

(b) Propeller parts.
(c) Separate parts.

24. When carrying out a propeller shaft concentricity check the amount of
eccentricity is:

(a) Half the Dial Test Indicator or Clock Gauge (DTI) reading.
(b) Double the DTI reading.
(c) The DTI reading.

25. Immediately after blending out damage to a propeller blade the repair must

(a) Re-protected against corrosion.

(b) Balanced.
(c) Crack checked.

26. When carrying out a track check on a four bladed propeller, the difference
in the track is measured between:

(a) Adjacent blades.

(b) Opposite blades.
(c) All blades.

27. What tests are normally carried out in a de-icing shoe?

(a) Insulation Continuity and Bonding.

(b) Insulation Continuity and Visual.
(c) Insulation Continuity and Flow Test.

28. When fitting de-icing boots to a propeller the following preparation is

(a) Roughen blade root with emery cloth.

(b) Apply white chalk after fitting.
(c) Chemically clean blade and de-icing boot.
29. Minimum percentage seating on a propeller rear cone should be:

(a) 80%.
(b) 85%.
(c) 90%.

30. The Hydromatic variable pitch propeller is operated on the principle of:

(a) Oil pressure moving a piston.

(b) An electrical motor moving a gear.
(c) A gear being operated mechanically.

31. The Constant Speed Unit (CSU) governor works on the principle of:

(a) Spring pressure acting against centrifugal force.

(b) Manual operation.
(c) Centrifugal twisting moment.

32. The gear booster pump of the CSU is for the purpose of:

(a) Lubrication of the CSU.

(b) Boosting the engine oil pressure in order to feather the propeller.
(c) Boosting the engine oil pressure in order to change the pitch of the
propeller blades.

33. Constant speed propellers with counter weights fitted use the
counterweight force to:

(a) Increase blade angle.

(b) Decrease blade angle.
(c) Prevent blade flutter.

34. When ground running an engine with a fixed pitch propeller you would
expect static rpm to be:

(a) Higher than normal with a head wind.

(b) Lower than normal with a head wind.
(c) Higher than normal with a tail wind.

35. The flyweights in a CSU are opposed by:

(a) Feathering spring.

(b) Control spring.
(c) Oil pressure.

36. The purpose of counter weights on a single acting VP propeller is to:

(a) Assist CTM to turn the blades to fine pitch.

(b) Assist ATM to turn the blades to fine pitch.
(c) Counteract CTM.

37. The flyweights in a propeller CSU mainly:

(a) Regulate the operating pressures.

(b) Actuate a relief valve.
(c) Actuate a control valve.

38. In order to obtain full power during take-off the blades are set to:

(a) Constant speed range.

(b) Coarse pitch.
(c) Fine pitch.

39. Centrifugal latches are fitted to:

(a) Prevent the blades moving to fine pitch.

(b) Prevent the blades moving to feather.
(c) Reduce centrifugal loading.

40. Relieving the compressive force on the governor valve spring causes the
propeller blades to:

(a) Coarsen.
(b) Fine off.
(c) Remain hydraulically locked.

41. Low torque sensing is used to initiate:

(a) Relighting.
(b) Fine pitch selection.
(c) Auto-feathering.

42. The flight fine pitch shop is withdrawn:

(a) When the propeller is feathered.

(b) When the aircraft lands.
(c) As soon as the aircraft takes off.

43. If an aircraft with a constant speed propeller descends at a constant

throttle setting what happens to the blade angle?

(a) Decreases.
(b) Remains the same.
(c) Increases.
44. When a propeller is moved from the fully feathered position what range
does it pass through to get to the BETA range?

(a) Transition.
(b) Flight or ALPHA range.
(c) Ground.

45. In the BETA Range the propeller changes pitch in response to:

(a) PCU governor input.

(b) Reverse pitch lever movement.
(c) Power lever movement.

46. A Hydromatic propeller converts linear movement to rotary movements

using a:

(a) Lever assembly.

(b) Rack and pinion mechanism.
(c) Cam and gear assembly.

47. The purpose of a synchrophase system is to:

(a) Maintain the same rpm on all engines.

(b) Set each propeller blade set at a different angle.
(c) Maintain the same rpm on all engines and keep all propeller blade
angles different.

48. Propeller blades are electrically de-iced by:

(a) Electric heating elements wound around the blade root.

(b) Electric heating elements bound in rubber overshoes on the leading
edge of the blades.
(c) Generating eddy currents in the blades.

49. Propeller slip rings:

(a) Convey oil from the PCU to the pitch change mechanism.
(b) Minimise 'slip'.
(c) Conduct electrical power for de-icing purposes.

50. Electrical power supplies for propeller de-icing are:

(a) ac.
(b) dc.
(c) ac or dc.

Licence By Post EASA 66 17A/1


Name . Student number Date .

Subject Propellers

Assessment number 1 of 1

1 11 21 31 41

2 12 22 32 42

3 13 23 33 43

4 14 24 34 44

5 15 25 35 45

6 16 26 36 46

7 17 27 37 47

8 18 28 38 48

9 19 29 39 49

10 20 30 40 50
LBP Multiple choice answers (answers should be checked)

Module 17A/1 Propellers

Q1 a
Q2 c
Q3 b
Q4 b
Q5 b
Q6 c
Q7 b
Q8 b
Q9 b
Q10 a
Q11 c
Q12 a
Q13 a
Q14 b
Q15 c
Q16 a
Q17 b?
Q18 a
Q19 a
Q20 c
Q21 a
Q22 c
Q23 a
Q24 a
Q25 c
Q26 c
Q27 a
Q28 c
Q29 a
Q30 a
Q31 a
Q32 c
Q33 a
Q34 a
Q35 b
Q36 c
Q37 c
Q38 c
Q39 b
Q40 a
Q41 c (page 55)
Q42 b (page 54)
Q43 c
Q44 b (page 55)
Q45 c?
Q46 c
Q47 c
Q48 b
Q49 c
Q50 c