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September 25, 2014 Blog, FA_Posts No Comments

Best hotels


·         Practice English skills in an aviation context

·         Practice vocabulary/discussion on hotel amenities

·         Have fun!

Link to website http://airporthotelguru.com/

Today, let’s visit Airport Hotel Guru! Airport Hotel Guru is a cleverly designed website dedicated to – you guessed it – airport hotels. The best of them, that is. But as is explained on the website, not every hotel with ‘airport’ in its name qualifies as an airport hotel. To be considered, an establishment must meet at least of these criteria:

  • Offer a free airport shuttle that takes no more than 20 minutes to travel between the airport and the hotel
  • Be no more than an 8 minute taxi or train ride away from the hotel
  • Be within a 15 minute walk from the baggage claim 



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Aircraft Interiors

September 25, 2014 Blog, Pilot_Posts No Comments

TOPIC: Aircraft Interiors

GOAL: To learn about aircraft interior design and the economics of passenger comfort

Level: Medium

Exercise #1: Read about aircraft interior design and then proceed to Exercise #2

Not too long ago, LAN Airlines’ passengers began enjoying the carrier’s new Premium Business Class seating. LAN offers this new Premium Business service on long-haul flights between North and South America and all other flights operating Boeing 767-300 aircraft in the fleet. Despite rising fuel costs that have seen its fuel bills more than triple over the last few years, LAN airlines is spending US$100 million on this new premium service. Why did the airline choose to invest in this type of seating while the aviation industry suffers from economic issues? The answer is easy: claiming market share by making the flight experience much more enjoyable than ever before.


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Airlines and Social Media

September 19, 2014 BE_Post, Blog No Comments




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Social media play a crucial role in the modern world, and airline new media experts make sure that carriers stay in touch and on top of the trend. Some airlines perhaps wish they had picked up the habit of managing a Twitter or Facebook account a little earlier, or paid more attention to the buzz YouTube videos were creating. United Airlines may be one of them…

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Hijack-proof piloting


A hijack-proof piloting system for airliners is being developed to prevent terrorists hijacking the planes.

The mechanism is designed to make it impossible to crash the aircraft into air or land targets – and enable the plane to be flown by remote control from the ground in the event of an emergency.

Scientists at aircraft giant Boeing are testing the tamper-proof autopilot system which uses state-of-the-art computer and satellite technology.

It will be activated by the pilot flicking a simple switch or by pressure sensors fitted to the cockpit door that will respond to any excessive force as terrorists try to break into the flight deck.

Once triggered, no one on board will be able to deactivate the system. Currently, all autopilots are manually switched on and off at the discretion of pilots.

After it has been activated, the aircraft will be capable of remote digital control from the ground, enabling operators to fly it like a sophisticated model plane, manoeuvring it vertically and laterally.


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Top 10 Aviation Gifts


If you are searching for a gift for a pilot there are many options to consider. The fact of the matter is that this industry is always growing and expanding. With that in mind you should not have any problems finding the perfect aviation gift for the pilot in your life. But if you are having a bit of trouble there is no need to worry. Listed below are ten of the best aviation gifts on the market today.

1. An air band transceiver with navigation display is a great gift for a pilot. Even though you will have to spend several hundred dollars, this is one aviation gift that will be used time and time again.


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Aviation Security

September 11, 2014 Blog, Pilot_Posts No Comments


TOPIC: Aviation Security

GOAL: To learn about aviation meteorology and its role in aviation safety

Level: Easy

Exercise #1: Read about aviation meteorology and then proceed to Exercise #2

Meteorology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere that focuses on weather processes and short term forecasting (in contrast with climatology). Aviation meteorology (MET) deals with the impact of weather on Air Traffic Management (ATM). It is important for air crews to understand the implications of weather on their flight plan as well as their aircraft.

Weather conditions concern all aspects of ATM operations, for example, by variations in head and tail-wind components, through changes in pressure and temperature values at airports, and in imposing low visibility operating conditions. Adverse meteorological conditions have the greatest impact on the ATM system creating disruption and the consequent problems of disturbed flow rates, lost capacity and induced additional costs

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The Top 10 Uses of Aviation

September 10, 2014 Blog, Pilot_Articles No Comments

Aviation has been and will always be one of the greatest breakthroughs in technological development. Aviation has been the backbone of many industries and has played key roles too for many years.


10. Broadcasting – Broadcasting journalism has benefited greatly from the aviation industry, with the advent of the "news chopper," providing live traffic updates to viewers and listeners. Stations employed helicopters to provide unique views of breaking news events.

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September 3, 2014 Blog, Pilot_Posts No Comments

TOPIC: Airports: Current interesting ones, and futuristic plans

GOAL: To learn about airports of interest and their future plans

Level: Easy

Exercise #1: Read about airports, and then proceed to Exercise #2

Of course, the life of a pilot is based around the airport environment. He/she will often spend a cumulative of many hours waiting for the next flight or preparing for the next one. While there are so many interesting airports in the World today, we thought you might appreciate a quick look at some of the most dangerous airfields on the planet. These are classified as dangerous based on runway size and elevation, surrounding geography and their unique approach and departures procedures.

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Passengers with Special Needs

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Passengers with special needs


  • Practice English skills in an aviation context
  • Revise or learn vocabulary surrounding passengers with special needs (level: difficult)
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While some passengers may think that flight attendants are standing by to top up drinks and bring more peanuts, you will no doubt be aware that the role of a flight attendant is that of a trained professional, onboard to ensure security and safety of passengers.  Passengers who identify as having special needs (that fall under the categories of special needs as defined by each airline) will require specific attention.

Why is it important?

Being able to attend to specially identified needs means

  • An enhanced level of service
  • Increased customer comfort and satisfaction
  • Increased customer safety and wellbeing
  • An accessible, non-discriminatory service

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On-board Service

August 26, 2014 Blog, FA_Posts No Comments

On-board service


·         Practice English skills in an aviation context

·         Revise or learn adjectives surrounding quality of service

·         Have fun!


Hi Dana,

I just got back to Singapore after a week in Bangkok. I remembered that you asked me to tell you what the flight attendants were like so I did make some notes for you!  I flew Blue Sky Air to Bangkok but it was such a bad experience that I flew back with Singapore airlines. Wow, what a difference!

On Blue Sky Air I experienced a broken seat, no vegetarian meal available, and flight attendants who were simply not interested in my comfort or wellbeing. One member of the crew was quite rude when I repeated my request for assistance. Later, when I needed some water, I was too scared to ask! I heard a few people grumbling about the service on that flight. 

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