Unit 23 Pilot Orientation Quiz

1: To minimize transport disturbance to surrounding residential and camp properties, it is recommended that aircraft maintain a minimum altitude of ___ feet in the vicinity of camps or communities unless required by weather, emergencies, or if taking off or landing.
  • 5000 feet
  • 2000 feet
  • 1000 feet
  • 500 feet

2: Low-flying aircraft may disturb caribou and alter migration routes. How can a pilot best avoid user conflicts and disturbing animals?
  • Fly high or around major river corridors, as safety permits.
  • Do not circle groups of animals or scout animals with aircraft.
  • Avoid flying low on migration corridors or on the north side of rivers that run east and west.
  • Do not fly around or near the first group of animals you see.
  • All of the above.

3: Which of the following lists shows the species for which hunting is restricted within the Noatak CUA?
  • Caribou, bear, moose, fish, ptarmigan, and ducks
  • Caribou, bear, moose, muskox, sheep, wolf, and wolverine
  • Caribou, bear, moose, muskox, sheep, wolf, wolverine, and birds
  • Caribou, bear, and moose

4: If a fuel spill occurs, it must be
  • Reported immediately to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Reported immediately to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ignored and covered up with rocks
  • Cleaned up as best as possible with no need to tell the land owner/manager

5: To avoid trespassing on Native allotments and lands, it is a good idea to:
  • Carry land status maps with you while transporting hunters and while hunting.
  • Become familiar with and ask questions about the land status in the area you plan to hunt prior to going in the field.
  • Be certain to have all proper permits for the areas you wish to hunt.
  • All of the above choices are good ways to avoid trespassing.

6: The construction of landing strips is prohibited, unless properly permitted by the Northwest Arctic Borough under Title 9 or by federal or state landowners.
  • False
  • True

7: In the event that a pilot disturbs any archaeological, prehistoric, historic or cultural resources during the flying/landing activities, the pilot shall immediately contact the:
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Historical Society
  • Planning Director at the Northwest Arctic Borough and the National Park Service
  • None of the above

8: What are the best practices to follow when vacating a camp site?
  • Leave some supplies for the next group; they would appreciate the donation.
  • Don’t worry about leaving some types of biodegradable items.
  • Leave no trace: Leave a clean camp, remove all garbage, burn toilet paper, bury human waste, and dismantle all site modifications.
  • Don’t worry too much: When the river rises in the spring, all garbage will be carried away.

9: Which of the following statements is true?
  • Pilots transporting parts of big game other than between state-maintained airports in GMU23 are required to obtain certification by passing this test prior to flying in the region.
  • Every pilot flying in GMU 23 is required to obtain certification by passing this test prior to flying in the region.

10: All fuel/oil/hazardous substance storage servicing and fueling operations are prohibited within ___feet from any shoreline, river, drainage channel, slough and/or lake.
  • 1000 feet
  • 500 feet
  • 100 feet
  • 50 feet

11: What is the appropriate minimum distance to maintain for camp separation?
  • 0.5 miles
  • 1.5 miles
  • 2.0 miles
  • 4.0 miles

12: Which of the following represent ways in which a pilot can minimize disrupting other hunters?
  • Minimize activity close to established camps or migratory areas.
  • Utilize measures to avoid noise and nuisance to local properties and other hunters in the field.
  • All of the above
  • None of the above

13: What are the major land status categories that occur in GMU 23?
  • Native lands
  • State lands
  • Federal lands- USFWS (National Wildlife Refuge System), National Park System- parks, monuments, or preserves; Bureau of Land Management
  • Private lands
  • All of the above

14: The Noatak Controlled Use Areas is closed for the purposes of hunting big game species with aircraft; what is the timing window for this closure?
  • August 1 to September 30
  • August 15 to September 30
  • At all times
  • August 15 to October 15

15: What Federal lands are open to hunting for the general public?
  • BLM and USFWS
  • BLM, USFWS, NPS (parks, preserves, and monuments)
  • BLM, USFWS, NPS (preserves)
  • None of the above

16: As a pilot and hunter in GMU 23 it is important for me to remember:
  • To use my airplane in any way necessary to increase hunting success for myself and others.
  • To be respectful and considerate to the land and people in GMU 23 when operating an aircraft or hunting; this includes minimizing disturbance around camps, subsistence users and animals to avoid user conflicts.

17: In order to reduce noise and nuisance when taking off, it is recommended that airplanes be at least how far away from existing camps?
  • 500 feet
  • 1 mile
  • 1.5 miles
  • 5 miles

18: To avoid leaving unwelcomed meat in Kotzebue, you are advised to:
  • Leave it at the airport; someone will come and get it.
  • Have a plan, prior to hunting, of what you will do with your meat. This includes planning ahead for how to ship your meat home, or fill out a transfer of possession form with the specific local individual who will take your donated meat.
  • Eat what you can and leave the rest in the field.
  • Ship it all home, no exceptions.

19: What Federal lands are only open to local subsistence hunters?
  • BLM and USFWS
  • NPS parks and monuments
  • BLM, USFWS, NPS (parks, preserves, and monuments)
  • None of the above

20: After passing this test, where should your certificate be located and when should you have it available?
  • The certificate should be with the pilot (i.e, on your person), and be available when transporting parts of big game animals.
  • The certificate should be located in my aircraft and available when hunting.
  • As long as I have the certificate, I do not need to carry it with me.

21: Where can you learn about the land status for an area you wish to hunt?
  • BLM Alaska website
  • PDF maps in this pilot orientation
  • Federal and State regulations booklets online or in a local office
  • NANA regional corporation website
  • All of the above

22: Which of the following represents a better operating practice to avoid or minimize disrupting wildlife?
  • Flying low to get a better view of migrating herds or groups of animals and landing close to migration routes to increase accessibility to animals.
  • Avoiding circling around herds or flocks, flying at altitudes high enough to reduce noise and disturbances, limiting the number of flights per day, landing away from migration routes, or temporarily suspending transport operations if necessary.

23: NANA and KIC lands are:
  • Closed to all non-shareholders, no exceptions
  • Closed to all non-shareholders not obtaining a land use permit
  • Open to shareholders and non-shareholders

24: The following is a suggested course of action to avoid creating constant noise disturbance when operating aircraft.
  • Whenever possible, avoid early morning and late evening departures and use arrival and departure routes that best avoid homes and businesses.
  • Fly routes that avoid established camps and areas where people are hunting.
  • Both answers a and b