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Fire in the cockpit

Here’s the text to the listening from yesterday.

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A Boeing 747 freighter took off at 11:00am.  15 minutes later the crew declared an emergency and requested a return to their airport of origin because of smoke and a fire in the cockpit. They were unable to maintain altitude. The ATC issued a clearance when the airplane was about 25km from touchdown. The airplane however was too high and passed above the airfield and entered a right-hand turn. The crew was advised that all runways were available for landing. The airplane flew southwest and it lost altitude rapidly.  It crashed into an unpopulated area moments later. The cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder were recovered 6 hours after impact and were in good condition.

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Fire in the cockpit

Listen to this recording and try to write what your understand. You should try to write everything that is said.

You can listen as many times as you want.

Check below the recording for some of the difficult words and come back and check the full text from this recording tomorrow.

Suggested ICAO level: 4+

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Difficult words: maintain altitude, issue a clearance, unpopulated (adj.)

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Acrid smell

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Here’s the text to the listening from yesterday.

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An Airbus A319 with 135 people on board, was en route at FL340 about 20nm north of its destination, when the crew heard a loud noise followed by an acrid smell in the cockpit. The flight crew decided to turn around and return to their airport of origin. During the return they heard the loud noise twice more but the aircraft landed safely back in its origin about 70 minutes after turning around. Maintenance found an exhaust fan bearing was worn and grinding during operation. The fan was replaced later.

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Acrid smell

Fly High English logo.

Listen to this recording and try to write what your understand. You should try to write everything that is said.

You can listen as many times as you want.

Check below the recording for some of the difficult words and come back and check the full text from this recording tomorrow.

Suggested ICAO level: 4+

Have a great day!

Difficult words: acrid (adj.), fan bearing (n.), worn (adj.), grind (v.)

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737 & A320 cockpit differences answer

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

1. There are many differences metioned, so let’s group them by category;

Instruments: 737, analogue with 4 flight displays (primary flight display and navigation display).
Instruments: A320, glass cockpit (primary flight display, navigation display, 2 more displays.

Throttle: 737, can be moved by hand as well as autothrottle.
Throttle: A320, throttles not moved by the autothrust system, can only be moved by the pilot.

Overhead panel: 737, all of the switches need to be flicked, it can be difficult to see if a switch is on or off in a hurry.
Overhead panel: A320, most of the switches are pushable, good because you can quickly see if one is on or off.

Control of the aircraft: 737, by yoke.
Control of the aircraft: A320, by sidestick (joystick).

Stabilizer trim: 737, controlled manually by flicking a switch.
Stabilizer trim: A320, autotrim and is only used manually when there is a computer failure.

In the event of a failure: 737, use the QRH (quick reference handbook).
In the event of a failure: A320, use the QRH or use the instructions on the ECAM (Electronic centralized aircraft monitor).

Comfort: 737, not much space to rest your feet, write or stand up.
Comfort: A320, lots of space to rest your feet, a table to write or eat on and space to stand up.

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737 & A320 cockpit differences

Here’s an interesting video about the differences between a 737 cockpit, and an A320 cockpit..

Try to answer the following question about the video and come back on Monday for the answer.

1. What are the differences mentioned in the video?
Use these categories; instruments, throttle, overhead panel, control of the aircraft, stabiliser trim, in the event of a failure, comfort.

Suggested ICAO level: 5+

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Boeing 737 and Airbus A320: Cockpit Differences

http://www.balticaa.com Baltic Aviation Academy at its Vilnius premises operates both of these types full flight simulators and decided to take an advantage of it by making video report. Pranas Drulis, ATPL integrated student and Assistant Training Manager, who already has the excellent skills of operating B737 and A320, has agreed to show and explain control devices, cockpit, engine failure controlling, comfort differences.