PRACTICE PAPER #30 – COMMEMORATIONS AND RADIO AIDS

2019 has been a great year for commemorations of various kinds.

 

1 – commemorations

First listen to this CNN story celebrating 100 years of commercial flight:     then answer these questions: a – Which airlines are celebrating 100 years of commercial flight in 2019? b – What are the Delft houses filled with? c – What does the commentator mean by « a different runway »? d – Lisa’s uniform dates back to what year?   To have a look at the Delft houses, watch the video here; and if you have not got all of it, read the full transcript here .   Then read these shortened versions of two articles published on the 50th anniversaries of Concorde’s first flight and of the moon landing, then answer these questions: e – What is another expression for first flight? f – How long did this first flight last? g – When did Apollo 11 undock? h – Where did « Eagle », the Lunar Module, land?   For the whole stories of both events visit The Connexion and the NASA sites.  

 

2 – vocabulary

The « Flying » chapter in L’Anglais pour voler has 13 sections. Review the vocabulary on radio aids with this extract from the book.  

3 – listening comprehension

Listen to this www.pilotworkshop.com audio on VOR decommissioning in the US:     Then answer these few questions: a – What was the original number of VORs? b – What does MON stand for? c – What replaces a VOR when it has been decommissioned? d – Above which altitude would MON coverage be guaranteed? e – How many VORs does the FAA plan to decommission by 2025?   You can check the transcript here . Remember that you can sign up for their « pilot’s tip of the week » here .  

4 – general English corner

  According to this Connexion article, English is the language that has been the most influenced by another language, and this language is French! One English word out of two is a direct import from French. List all the French-originated words you can find in the Connexion article and in this fun video:  

5 – word game

Have fun with this crossword where all words are anagrams of the word « aircraft« .    

1 – commemorations

a – KLM, British Airways, Avianca; b – liquor; c – the platform where models perform during a fashion show is also called a runway (or a catwalk); d – 1967 e – maiden flight; f – 42 mn; g – at the start of their 13th revolution around the moon; h – on Tranquility Base.

3 – listening comprehension

a – 967; b – minimum operational network; c – a GPS based intersection and GPS based airways; d – 5000 ft AGL; e – 308.

4 – general English corner

Connexion article: age, art, cardinal, crime, dragon, prison, miracle, silence, rendezvous, fiancé, déjà vu, faux pas, cul-de-sac, architecture, information, adorable, possible, communication, danger, question. Not citing words that have been modified, are no longer used in France, and false friends . video : joie de vivre, cul-de-sac, chauffeur, déjà vu, lingerie, toupée, risqué, entrée, à la carte, rendez-vous, etiquette, ambulance, fiancé, soufflé, RSVP, après-ski, menu, eau de cologne, à la mode, encore, belle esprit, c’est la vie.

5 – crossword solution