Dictionnaire & vocabulaire aéronautique

2020 – PP #31 –

PP #33 – FCL.055 PRACTICE
Practice 20/03/2020

Let’s make good use of the extra free time handed over to us by Coronavirus.

Get ready for future FCL.055 exam sessions.

1 – reading comprehension

Read this « In English, please » article published in June 2018 explaining the importance of vocabulary and offering ways to expand it.

Then answer these questions:

a – what is passive vocabulary?

b – what is the trick?

c – what are the 4 tips to do the trick?

 

2 – vocabulary

Put one of these tips into practice: visit www.englishclub.com  and try and find a few of their vocabulary games, for example a hangman game or a crossword

 

3 – listening comprehension

Practice the live traffic listening comprehension test of the FCL.055 exam with these two exercices.

Listen to the recordings below and find the missing words in the script .

 

Ex. 1

 

Ex. 2

 

 

4 – general English corner

First, read this dictionary.com post on Coronavirus-related vocabulary. It will help you understand the news today, and take part in the future in any conversation to come on the subject of epidemics. Check the difference between a respirator and a ventilator.

You can also go to  The Connexion  home page for numerous articles on the subject.

 

a snowdrop

 

However, today is March 20th, and we should not forget to celebrate the advent of spring. Check this other dictionary.com post and answer these questions:

a – In the Middle Ages, spring used to be called lent. What is the meaning of Lent today?

b – Can you think of two other meanings of the noun « spring »?

c – How do they call spring in the Northeastern US?

 

5 – Riddle

Try to solve this tough enigma:  Riddle me this, riddle me that

You will need to listen to this recording:

 

 

 

PRACTICE PAPER #32 – RADAR AND FCL.055 PRACTICE
Practice 13/02/2020

Let’s polish your knowledge of radars, as they are used by ATC, and further your FCL.055 preparation.

1 – vocabulary

Review the vocabulary on radar systems with a double page from « L’Anglais pour voler »

 

2 -reading comprehension

Read this June 2012 Infopilote article on the development of radar since WWII, then answer these questions:

– why is SSR a cooperative surveillance system?

– how many Mode A codes are there?

– what improvements do Mode S technology bring to VFR flights?

 

3 – wordgame

Find 23 words in this wordsearch grid. All the words appear in the vocabulary and/or the reading comprehension documents. Words can go horizontally, vertically and diagonally in all eight directions. When all the words have been found, the unused letters will read a description of the basic working principles of radar systems.

 

4 – FCL.055

Practice on a full exam, with a fictional flight, an unusual situation, and a listening comprehension test. Read carefully the instructions, several times if needed, for each exercise.

 

– Fictional flight

scenario and audio file:

 

– Unusual situation

scenario

 

– listening comprehension

listen to the recording below and find the missing words in the article:

 

5 – general English corner


 

Everybody knows that the 14th of February is Valentine’s Day, the day when romantic love is celebrated all over the world, but here are a few facts you might want to consider:

– on wikipedia.org , in the introduction to the article, find out the other name for Saint Valentine’s Malady

– on britannica.com learn more about the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: where and when it happened, and which gangs were involved.

– on nationalgeographic.com discover the name of the Roman annual pagan celebration on which the church pegged the legend of St Valentine.

 

 

PRACTICE PAPER #31 – FCL.055
Practice 17/01/2020

Practice Paper #31 will focus on the FCL.055 exam.

 

 

1 – reading

This former « In English, please » article will give you 10 tips to improve your English, both general and aeronautical, on a daily basis. It was published in 2017, and a few things have changed since then:

7 Learn the phraseology: the SIA has now only one document related to phraseology, the « Manuel de formation à la phraséologie ».

8 The UK ATIS phone numbers are still listed on page 32 of  the Met Office’s booklet, but at this new address: GetMet.

10 Eliot’s Practice Papers are now published once a month, around the 15th, so as to fall halfway between two Info-pilote articles.

 

How many newsletters are mentioned in the article?

 

2 – listening comprehension

Another, more recent, « In English, please » article recaps what you need to know about language proficiency and the FCL.055 VFR exam. It also offers a FCL.055-type listening comprehension exercise.

Listen to the recording below and find the missing words in the article:

 

 

3 – FCL.055 

Practice on a full exam, with a fictional flight, an unusual situation, and another listening comprehension test. Read carefully the instructions, several times if needed, for each exercise.

 

– Fictional flight 

scenario   and audio file:

 

– Unusual situation

scenario

 

– Listening comprehension

Listen to the recording below and find the missing words in the article:

 

 

 

 

4 – the general English corner

China is about to rejoice in the advent of the Year of the Rat. Read more about the Chinese zodiac here,  and answer these questions:

a – when is the Chinese New Year falling this year?

b – which element is associated with 2020?

c – which element is the Rat’s fixed element?

d – why is there no cat in the Chinese zodiac?

 

5 – fun learning

Improve both your aeronautical English and your knowledge of aircraft engines with this quiz from www.boldmethod.com .