Archive for January, 2011

Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Flight Plan

Definition:  Specified information provided to air traffic services units, relative to an intended flight or portion of a flight of an aircraft. Flight Plans fall into two categories: Full Flight Plans and Abbreviated Flight Plans.

飛行計劃 – 中文(繁體)

定義:指定的信息提供空中交通服務單位,相對於預定飛行或部分飛行的飛機。飛行計劃分為兩類:全飛行計劃和飛行計劃的縮寫。

飞行计划 – 中文(简体)

定义:指定的信息提供空中交通服务单位,相对于预定飞行或部分飞行的飞机飞行计划分为两类:。全飞行计划和飞行计划的缩写

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Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS)

Definition:  An aircraft system based on SSR transponder signals which operates independently of groundbased equipment to provide advice to the pilot on potential conflicting aircraft that are equipped with SSR transponders.

機載防撞系統(ACAS) – 中文(繁體)

定義:飛機系統的SSR應答信號,獨立運作 groundbased設備提供意見,試點潛在衝突的飛機都配備了微衛星轉發器

机载防撞系统(ACAS) – 中文(简体)

定义:飞机系统的微卫星应答信号,独立运作groundbased设备提供意见,试点潜在冲突的飞机都配备了微卫星转发器

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Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Aerodrome Traffic Zone

Definition:  Airspace of defined dimensions established around an aerodrome for the protection of aerodrome traffic.

機場交通區 – 中文(繁體)

定義:定義尺寸領空周圍建立一個機場為保護機場的交通

机场交通区 – 中文(简体)

定义:定义尺寸领空周围建立一个机场为保护机场的交通

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Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Level Bust

Definition:  Any deviation from assigned altitude, height or flight level in excess of 300 feet.

中文(繁體)

定義:任何偏離指定高度,高度或飛行高度超過 300英尺

中文(简体)

定义:任何偏离指定高度,高度或飞行高度超过300英尺

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Advice about improving your English for flight attendants from Aviation English Asia.

Article written by Michael James Egerton

Strong English communication skills are important for flight attendants, regardless of their native language and the stage of their career. Unfortunately many airlines offer very little ongoing English training for their staff.  Greater proficiency in English, together with cultural sensitivity can help prevent difficult (and potentially dangerous) situations.  In this article we are going to look at some of the language that can be used when dealing with drunk and abusive passengers.


Drunk and aggressive passengers?

Reading comprehension

Hysteria erupted when a drunk Canadian, heading home after visiting Cuba, threatened to shoot flight attendants with a handgun after they stopped serving him drinks.

Police said the man started causing trouble about midway between Varadero, Cuba and Windsor.  A flight attendant told the inebriated passenger he wasn’t allowed to have any more booze.

“He was cut off from further alcohol consumption as a result of his behaviour, which essentially catapulted him in terms of his aggression.

The police sergeant said the man became “unruly” and made derogatory sexual comments to flight attendants. He then made a threat to one of the stewardesses with respect to shooting them with a 9 mm handgun.

The pilot, co-pilot and in-flight services manager were informed of the situation.  The pilot radioed ahead for police aid. When the plane landed at 6:50 p.m., officers were waiting for him.

The 58-year-old man is now facing a charge of uttering death threats.

Comprehension questions

  • Where was the problematic passenger from?
  • Where had he been?
  • What caused his behaviour?
  • What did he say to cabin crew?
  • What happened when the plane landed?

Vocabulary

Find synonyms for the following words in the article above:

alcoholic drinks  / offensive   /   assistance   /   violence   /   intoxicated   /   disorderly   /   chaos

You should be able to guess their meaning from context, but if not you can also find the answers on the Facebook Page Discussion Forum.

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Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Altitude

Definition:  The vertical distance of a level, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from mean sea level.

海拔 – 中文(繁體)

定義:一個級別的垂直距離,一個點或一個對象視為一個點,測得平均海平面

海拔 – 中文(简体)

定义:一个级别的垂直距离,一个点或一个对象视为一个点,测得平均海平面

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