Archive for February, 2011

Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Estimated Time of Arrival

Definition:  The time at which the pilot estimates that the aircraft will be over a specific location.

預計到達時間 – 中文(繁體)

定義:在該試驗的時間估計這架飛機將在一個特定的位置

预计到达时间 – 中文(简体)

定义:在该试验的时间估计这架飞机将在一个特定的位置

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Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Aerodrome Control Service

Definition: Air traffic control service for aerodrome traffic. Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS) A flight information service provided to aerodrome traffic.

機場管制服務 – 中文(繁體)

定義:空中交通管制服務,為機場的交通。機場飛行信息服務(指紋自動識別系統),一個航班信息機場交通提供的服務

机场管制服务 – 中文(简体)

定义:空中交通管制服务,为机场的交通机场飞行信息服务(指纹自动识别系统),一个航班信息机场交通提供的服务

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Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Runway

Definition:  A defined rectangular area on a land aerodrome prepared for the landing and take-off of aircraft.

跑道 – 中文(繁體)

定義:一個定義的矩形區域的土地上機場準備降落和起飛的飛機

跑道 – 中文(简体)

定义:一个定义的矩形区域的土地上机场准备降落和起飞的飞机

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Advice for pilots about improving your English and achieving ICAO Level 4 and above from Aviation English Asia.

Article written by Michael Egerton

Being able to communicate clearly in English during non-routine situations is essential for pilots and controllers.   Read the scenario and then take a few moments to compose you thoughts. Then post your response to ATC as a comment.

The Scenario:

You have been descending from a high altitude for several minutes and suddenly notice that the altimeter and air speed indicator are showing unexpected numbers.  When you began descending the altimeter was indicating an altitude of 27,000 feet.  Several minutes later the altimeter also indicates 27,000 feet.  ATC has asked you to make a level report.

The Task:

What message would you send to ATC?  Post your message as a comment to this article.

What to do next

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

Article written by Michael Egerton

In this article I’m going to explain …

How to perform well in airline group discussion exercises

Many airlines have a group discussion exercise as part of their recruitment process for hiring fight attendants.  The airline recruitment staff will be looking for candidates to demonstrate specific qualities – particularly English throughout the group assessment.  Group discussion activities are a good indicator of a candidate’s confidence motivation and enthusiasm.

If you are attending a group discussion exercise you (and other candidates) will usually be required to discuss a contentious issue and come to some agreement within a time limit.  During the assessment you will be given a scenario – like the one in this article and will be expected to find the best solution.  Of course, it might be that other candidates will fight to get their views across.  Many candidates will talk over other people but this is not the best way to demonstrate that you have the right language skills for a job as a flight attendant.

The conclusions you come to don’t have to be the right ones, but they are looking to see you come up with a logical solution and that you can communicate your views sensitively, effectively and politely.

Activity

First read the following article and answer the comprehension questions that follow.

Transsexuals are now welcome to apply to airlines for jobs as flight attendants in Thailand.

A new Thai airline called PC Air has started recruiting transsexuals to be flight attendants for the sake of offering equal opportunities to them.

Three transsexuals have already been hired in Bangkok by PC Air.  One of them, 23 year old Thanyarat Jiraphatpakorn, was the winner of a beauty contest Miss Tiffany in 2007. The successful candidate said, “at first I thought they would just take applications but not actually recruit us, as happened at other places before.”

Another transsexual applicant, Panthakan Sri-ngern, 24, said she once applied for a hostess position at another airline but wasn’t chosen. She said a friend who worked there later told her she was rejected because she was transsexual. She felt devastated by the discrimination.

Panthakan, who has a hospitality and tourism degree from Kasetsart University, said this time she hoped to succeed and was glad Thai society was now giving more opportunities to transsexuals.

Peter Chan, a senior PC Air executive later revealed that PC Air saw the potential of transsexuals to work as flight attendants.  “I think these people can have many careers, not just in the entertainment business, and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess. I just made their dream come true,” said Chan.

But it’s not mandatory that applicants go through surgery to be considered for a job, said Chan. What’s important is they have the necessary language skills and can provide good service. Nontransexuals were also hired.

The new batch of three transsexual recruits, who were hired together with 17 women and 10 men, will undergo training together with female flight attendants.  They will also sport a “third sex” gold-coloured name tag on their uniforms to inform passengers and immigration officials about their gender.

Ang Ladlad, a group that pushes for equal rights for transsexuals welcomed the news.  The group reported that there are now more than 500 transsexuals in the Philippines and many of them are having a hard time looking for decent jobs due to discrimination.

Thai airline companies, see nothing wrong in having transsexuals work as flight attendants.  However, Philippine Airlines said they have not yet received any application from a transsexual for a flight attendant job. Should there be one, it is possible, they say, for the airline to change its policy about gender, which right now only recognizes male and female.

Cebu Pacific, on the other hand, is interested in the new hiring policy of PC Air. “This is an interesting development and we will be watching closely,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing of Cebu Pacific.

Ang Ladlad is hoping that, as in Thailand, the public will warmly accept having transsexual flight attendants in the Philippines.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many transsexuals were hired by PC Air?
  2. Why did Panthakan Sri-ngern feel devastated?
  3. What did Peter Chan say was important to become a flight attendant?
  4. Was it necessary for candidates to have gender re-assignment surgery before applying?
  5. What do the transsexuals need to wear on their fight attendant uniform?
  6. Why do they need to wear it?

Group discussion activity

The best way to prepare for a group discussion activity is by attending a live class with Aviation English Asia, but there are ways that you can practice this kind of activity online – and get feedback.  For example, you can prepare for a flight attendant group discussion exercise by answering the following scenario question as a comment below.

Scenario:

You are a senior manager for PC Airlines.  Some of your recently recruited transsexual staff feel that they are being discriminated against by having to wear a “third sex” gold coloured name tag.

Discuss this issue with your group members and decide whether the airline should continue this policy.

What do you need to do to score well in airline group discussion exercises?

First of all – try the activity above.  Post your thoughts as a comment and we will highlight some key areas that airline recruiters are looking for. But an even better way to really improve your English is to take the English for Airline Interviews course to learn 7 key areas that you need to score well in, how to perform well and impress the recruiters. You can learn English from very experienced English teachers, pilots and flight attendants who specialise in teaching English to airline staff.  It’s a fantastic way to learn English and you will learn a lot from teachers who really know the airline industry.

What to do next

For feedback and more information about Aviation English Asia’s courses please visit http://aviationenglish.com. We can help you improve your English whether you are an experienced pilot, a cadet entry pilot, a controller, aerospace engineer or flight attendant, with custom courses designed specifically for your needs. If you haven’t already please join the Aviation English mailing list for instant access to free demonstration units of the ICAO Aviation English Online course, special offers and details of courses in your area.

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Word of the Week from Aviation English Asia.

Control Area

Definition:  A controlled airspace extending upwards from a specified limit above the surface of the earth.

管制區 – 中文(繁體)

定義:向上延伸的管制空域規定限額以上的地球表面

管制区 – 中文(简体)

定义:向上延伸的管制空域规定限额以上的地球表面

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