Dictionnaire & vocabulaire aéronautique

Practice 2019

Practice 15/02/2019

Practice Paper #22  focuses on the only part of the aircraft which should ever be in contact with the ground: the landing gear.


Where aircraft meet earth



1 – vocabulary

Review the vocabulary on landing gears with this double page from L’Anglais pour voler.


2 – crossword

This crossword offers more practice to help you remember the main words.


3 – listening comprehension

Listen to these recordings from www.liveatc.net.

Then find the missing words in the transcript.


4 – reading comprehension

Go to www.pilotworkshop.com first to listen, then read an article on gear-up landings, and answer these questions.

1 – according to Tom, what is the main reason leading to a gear-up landing?

2 – what is Tom’s advice if you realize that your landing gear is still up when you are within 500 feet of the ground?

3 – why?

4 – scroll down the page to the « comments » section. Buck Rogers, Uniangulo and Mark Logan have a common technique to avoid the gear-up landing trap. What is it?

5 – what is the GUMPS check?


5 – general English corner

It’s cold season. There’s a cold virus going around and some of the people you know may already have one.

What are the symptoms  of the common cold?

Then read this  common cold fact file and answer these questions:


1 – What should you eat if you want to avoid getting one too?

a – plenty of oranges and other fruit that is rich in vitamin C

b -chocolate

c – food like carrots, spinach, eggs and liver that is rich in vitamin A


2 – If someone with a cold sneezes on a bus, everyone on the bus is exposed to the cold virus. What can you do to avoid a cold?

a – wash your hands regularly

b – relax – take things easy

c – have regular saunas


3 – It’s too late now for preventative action. You’ve got a cold and you feel dreadful. Which cold remedy, among others actually works?

a – hot, spicy Indian or Mexican food

b – a glass of milk

c – a cheeseburger with large fries


4 – You’re probably miserable and feeling a little sorry for yourself. What should you do to get over your cold and start to feel better?

a – use a cloth handkerchief to blow your nose

b – put your head over a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam

c – go to bed and get some more sleep



Practice 18/01/2019

Ten years ago, on the 15th of January 2009, following a bird strike shortly after take-off, Captain Sullenberger ditched his Airbus A320 into the Hudson. Practice Paper #21 will commemorate this amazing demonstration of flying skills by looking into bird strikes and more broadly into flight hazards, .



1 – vocabulary

Review the vocabulary on  flight hazards.


2 – listening comprehension

Listen to the audio version of the March 2009 Info-pilote article, « Sorry, say again Cactus », recounting what happened to AWE 1549 on the 15th of January 2009. Pilot/controller and controller/controller exchanges are excerpts from the official FAA file.



And answer these questions:

a – how long did the flight last, from taxiing to ditching?

b – what was AWE 1549’s scheduled flight?

c – what was the current ATIS?

d – what was the clearance given by NY Tracon on first contact?

e – what airport was suggested by the controller after radar contact was lost?

f – how many souls were on board?


Read the whole script here .

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3 – reading comprehension

Read this article on wildlife mitigation risk at airports , and answer these questions:

a – which aircraft parts are more likely to be hit?

b – what is IBIS?

c – where are the vast majority of birdstrikes happening?

d – what is the aim of the prevention tactics?

e – ultimately, when prevention is not enough, what is the most efficient option?


4 – general English corner



The Chinese will celebrate the advent of the Year of the Pig on the 5th of February. Learn everything you need to know about the Chinese New Year at www.chinesenewyear.net .

Navigate the site to find the answers to these questions:

a – by what other name is the Chinese New Year known?

b – why do people clean their house before the start of New Year?

c – why do children like to get red envelopes?


5 – word search

Find 20 words, all in connection with flight hazards, in this grid.