PRACTICE PAPER #37 – BACK-TO-BASICS n°1 – letters and numbers
As explained in the September issue of Infopilote, « In English, please » is setting up a ten-month program to help you get ready to pass the FCL-055 VFR exam by June. Eliot’s Practice Papers will complement the magazine’s articles to provide more practice on the month’s topic, not forgetting, of course, some general English work, and having some fun in the process.
Let’s start straight away with Back-to-basics n°1, focusing on letters and numbers.
For a review of the rules related to the use of letters and numbers in voice communications go to the EASA site, and scroll down the page to download the SERA document:
SERA’s Section 14 is dedicated to « Voice communication procedures ». More precisely, the rules about letters are to be found in SERA. 14020 and those about numbers in SERA.14035 and 14040 .
– what is the general rule for the transmission of numbers?
– what is the general derogatory rule?
– in which case do you pronounce two digits together?
Below is an audio file of letters and numbers, the latest recorded in the same order as in SERA.14035
Find the missing letters and numbers in this script.
Listen to this audio file of letters and numbers recorded randomly and jot down as many as you can.
Efficient communication starts with good pronunciation. Step up your motivation a notch and visit the BBC Learning English’s pronunciation section at www.bbc.co.uk. Scroll to the bottom of the page to start at Episode 1, and work your way up, a couple – or more – videos every day!
Let’s unwind with a few riddles around numbers:
– find a number which, when written as a word, has the same number of letters as its numerical value.
– what number has its letters in alphabetical order when spelled out?
– find a four digit number in which: the first digit is one-third of the second, the third is the sum of the first two, and the last is three times the second. All digits in the number are different.
PP #36 – Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°6
Shelter-In-Place Special Editions n°1 to 5 followed the chronological development of a flight.
In this process, the main topics covered were: radio operations, airports, taxiing, take-off, airspace, and flight information.
Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°6 will end this six-week journey by going over
navigation and landing.
Review vocabulary on navigation and phraseology on landing with these two double pages from L’Anglais pour voler:
Then practice with a crossword.
For a recap, follow the chronological stages of a flight from departure to arrival with this listening comprehension exercise:
With an additional fun quest: find the typo in the text!
Oshkosh, the legendary fly-in held every year in July in the US, has been cancelled this year because of the pandemic. Revisit the 2018 event and listen to an awesome arrival sequence:
The links are still relevant, although Fraser MacPhee’s comment mentioned in the www.boldmethod.com paragraph is nowhere to be found.
www.pilotworkshop.com’s pilot-friendly briefing guide.
Something a pilot needs to land is … a landing gear! Below is a digest of what can happen when its reliability is questionable:
The closing exercise is another full FCL.055 exam, for a last round of checkups. Practice with a fictional flight, an unusual situation, and a listening comprehension test. Read carefully the instructions, several times if needed, for each exercise. You’ll also find a complete presentation of the exam in PP #31 Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°1’s seventh exercise .
– Fictional flight
scenario and audio file:
– Unusual situation
– listening comprehension
listen to the recording below and find the missing words in the text:
PP #35 – Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°5
Shelter-In-Place Special Editions n°1 to 4 took you gradually up into the air.
Now that you have taken off, what topics come next?
Airspace and flight information!
Get in the mood with a short refresher on airspace classification and airspace infringement:
From L’Anglais pour voler, two double-pages worth of vocabulary:
Check the pronunciation of some of the words:In-flight landmarks.
And practice with a crossword.
This first listening comprehension exercise will include some revisions on airport operations:
(1) : The ATIS phone numbers for the UK’s airports are listed p.32 of the GetMet leaflet available on the Met Office site. Scroll down the « Aeronautical meteorology – service for low-level aviation » paragraph to the last entry: Training resources for pilots and GETMET.
Another listening comprehension exercise, this time showing how significant flight information can be for a pilot:
This listening comprehension exercise focuses on traffic information:
At the end of the 5th week of intensive practice, it is time for a full FCL.055 exam, with one excercise for each of the three tests.
If needed, go back to PP #31 Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°1, Thursday April 7th, for a complete presentation of the exam.
PP #34 – Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°4
Special Edition n°1 dealt with basic words, n°2 was about radio operations, and n°3 tackled airports and taxiing.
With Special Edition n°4, let’s go a step further in the chronology of a flight, and work on runways and take-off.
Some light reading to start with, review a few basic facts, and reflect on runway excursions and incursions:
From L’Anglais pour voler, study these two double-pages:
Check the pronunciation of some of the words here
Now for some listening comprehension:
Back to ATIS and numbers, with some more listening comprehension practice:
More reading about what you are NOT supposed to find around an aircraft:
Also on the subject of FOD:
End of week 4. It’s time for the already traditional FCL.055 VFR exam listening comprehension test:
PP #33 – Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°3
Review the vocabulary associated with airports,
and phraseology related to the phases of flight preceding take-off: ground operations and taxiing.
To warm up your brain and switch it into English mode, read this article from Kiddle, Wikipedia’s offspring made for children.
Learning from children’s programs is a great way to go back to basics.
Scroll all the way down the article, to read the pictures’ caption and review a lot of vocabulary, as you would in a visual dictionary.
From L’Anglais pour voler, study these two double-pages on ground operations:
And practice with a crossword.
Taxiing is not as easy as it sounds:
Remember that the ATIS phone numbers for the UK’s airports are listed p.32 of the GetMet leaflet available on the Met Office site.
Scroll down the » Aeronautical meteorology – service for low-level aviation « paragraph to the last entry: Training resources for pilots and GETMET.
What happens when something goes wrong:
Celebrate the end of the third week of intensive English training with another FCL.055 listening comprehension test.
PP #32 – Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°2
Eliot is doing his upmost to keep you on your toes during the lockdown enforcement.
The second opus of the practice papers special edition focuses on phraseology and listening comprehension.
From Blériot to CPDLC, follow the evolution of pilot-controller communication in aviation:
A quick remark about the second footnote: as mentioned in previous practice papers dealing with phraseology, there is only one publication left on the SIA site in reference to phraseology: the Manuel de formation à la phraséologie. The instructions formely found in the Procédures de radiotéléphonie are now available in section 14 – « voice communication procedures » – of the Standardised European Rules of the Air.
Review last week’s lesson with this listening comprehension exercise:
From L’Anglais pour voler, study these two double-pages revolving around radio operations:
And practice with a crossword.
What happens when radio communications go wrong:
Today is the end of the second week of intensive English training. Check your progress with another FCL.055 listening comprehension test:
PP #31 – Shelter-In-Place Special Edition n°1
Quarantine, isolation, lockdown, shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, social distancing … you name it! Several words for one result: a lot of free time on your hands. Eliot is doing his share to help you with that! Until the end of these very strange times, expect a practice paper once a week, each offering a daily exercise. Stick to the program, you’ll notice a definite improvement.
Today is the first day of this new program, so let’s start with a general reminder of what you can do to improve your English:
Print the page, post it on the fridge, and practice one of the 10 steps instead of binging on junk food.
– In step 7, the SIA has now only one document related to phraseology: the « Manuel de formation à la phraséologie »
– the correct internet address for step 8 is: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/services/transport/aviation/regulated.
From L’Anglais pour voler, study these 2 double-pages to learn some basic words:
And practice with a wordsearch.
Reinforce the knowledge you acquired yesterday with this listening comprehension exercise, listen to the recording and find the missing words in the text:
An update on the footnotes in the article:
(1) is now: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=6973
(2) same internet address, but there is only one manual now, the « Manuel de formation à la phraséologie ».
It is important in radio communications to understand and jot down numbers correctly. Here is some practice:
The FCL.055 was presented in full in Info-pilote’s October 2013 issue:
Not much has changed since then. The only noteworthy difference is found in the unusual situation test: applicants now have 90 seconds (instead of only 30) to read their card before explaining their trouble.
ATIS comprehension counts for 2 points in the FCL.055 listening comprehension test, and is also a key feature in the fictional flight. The good news: it’s an easy skill to work on.
Again, there is only one noteworthy change to consider in the article. In the footnote n°2, the UK’s airports ATIS phone numbers are now listed p.32 of the GetMet leaflet available on the Met Office site. Scroll down the » Aeronautical meteorology – service for low-level aviation » paragraph to the last entry: Training resources for pilots and GETMET.
Today is the end of the first week of intensive English training. Check your progress with this first FCL.055 listening comprehension test: