1 – vocabulary

Go back to Practice Paper #5 to review some vocabulary on piston engines and watch the funny video explaining how they work. Learn more vocabulary on the subject with this extract from L’Anglais pour voler.  

2 – quiz

Then practice at with this « do you know these 6 aircraft engines parts » quiz.  

3 – listening comprehension

Listen to the audio from on what to do in case of an alternator failure at night: continue to your home Airport if it’s not too far away or land at a closer Airport? Then answer these questions: – What is the consequence, at night, of turning off non-essential electrical loads? – What is a « stealth arrival »? – What is Wally Moran’s final advice?   The transcript is available here .   Remember that you can sign up for their newsletter at to get the tip every week, directly into your mailbox.  

4 – reading comprehension

In the audio above, Wally Moran says: « proceeding to our destination is a strong pull since we pilots always like to complete the mission ». This state of mind has a name: get-there-itis. Read this December 2012 « In English, please » article to learn more about it, then answer a few questions. – What is the technical term for get-there-itis? – What are the three cases analysed in the article? – What is the ultimate barrier?  

5 – general English corner

So, here we are, back to the old days in junior school, ready for a phonetics lesson. But don’t fret, it has been upgraded for the 21st century. First go to to work on an interactive phonetic chart. The phonetics addict could even download Adrian Hunderhill’s Sounds: The Pronunciation App to be able to practice from anywhere, anytime.   Then practice with these exercises: – 1 – listen and circle the word you hear in each sentence.   1.I can’t fill/feel that. 2.Where are the bins/beans? 3.Can you hit/heat this for me? 4.She always seems to be slipping/sleeping. 5.You can pick/peek now. 6.Where do you want me to sit/seat? 7.I’m not sure if I could live/leave here. 8.Is the pitch/peach ok?   – 2 – listen to the recording below, as many times as necessary, until you hear the difference between cheeky/chick, green/grin, feet/fit Jilly’s a cheeky chick, I love her green eyes and her grin. Jim’s feet still fit his shoes.        
3 – listening comprehension – make the aircraft invisible – an arrival with no lights and no radio – pick the closer Airport 4 – reading comprehension – plan continuation bias – the crashes of JFK Jr, of Renaud Ecalle and of the TU-154 near Smolenks that was carrying the then Polish president – the one set by rules and regulations 5 – general English corner 1.fill; 2. beans; 3. heat; 4. slipping; 5. pick; 6. sit; 7. leave; 8. peach