Part 2: Reading comprehension

Part 2: Reading comprehension


Read this pilot’s review of the small airfield at Dunkeswell in South West England, then answer the questions which follow.

Our first visit to Dunkeswell was an uncomplicated affair. No PPR – we simply gave them a call 10 miles out. The field is easy to spot from the air with initial calls being made to Dunkeswell Radio to obtain airfield information. Runway in use on the day was 04 with a right-hand circuit. All subsequent calls we made to Dunkeswell Traffic. Parachuting takes place on the airfield itself so overhead joins are to be avoided. Circuit was quiet, as was the radio. We parked where we felt appropriate, paid our landing fee and that was that. No high viz requirement. A very relaxed set up. Several interesting aircraft to see and a café/restaurant although gourmet dining is not to be had here but fish & chips and burgers are on offer as are sandwiches and drinks, all at reasonable prices.

Unusually, aircraft are parked in the northerly 100 meters of the 04/22 runway extension which means that taking off and landing (on a generous length of good tarmac runway) is done towards parked aircraft. To get to the fuel one taxis between aircraft on the left and right of the 04 extension and is easily found at the northerly end of 04, close to the club house. Parking away from the fuel allows other aircraft to manoeuvre. Aircraft are also parked on the narrower, north side of the Link Taxiway.

£10 was the very reasonable landing fee for an SEP.

Taking off on 04 necessitated taxying via the 22 – 17 link, south down 17 before backtracking down the remainder of 04. The pilot and other traffic are very much in control of this process, rather than A/G radio. In our case there was only one other aircraft departing and the other aircraft in the circuit to land helpfully put in an extended base leg allowing us to finish backtracking and expedite departure. It might have been even more entertaining with more aircraft movements. Good, clear, courteous flying & communication between pilots is therefore the order of the day at this airfield (and look out for parachutes too!).

Excercise A

  1. Why should you avoid overhead joins?
  2. What is said about the catering facilities at Dunkeswell?
  3. What is unusual about where the aircraft are parked? What consequence does this have?
  4. How do you get fuel?
  5. Where is the club house?
  6. Why are courteous flying and communication between pilots particularly important at Dunkeswell?

Excercise B

What do the following abbreviations mean?

  1. PPR
  2. SEP
  3. A/G radio

Excercise C

Find expressions in the text which mean the same as:

  1. There wasn’t much traffic
  2. Inexpensive / cheap
  3. Quite long
  4. Cost / price
  5. Speed up / make something happen quickly

Excercise D

Explain what these expressions (underlined in the text) mean:

  1. We parked where we felt appropriate
  2. No high viz requirement
  3. The field is easy to spot