Part 3: Listening comprehension

Part 3: Listening comprehension


The Royal Canadian Air Force is recommending that the Canadian government buy used aircraft to replace two of the planes in its aging VIP fleet, at a possible cost of $12 million to $18 million.
The prime minister is not allowed to fly on commercial aircraft for security reasons and instead uses the RCAF’s Challenger jets for most air travel. The RCAF has flown Bombardier’s Challenger business jets since the early 1980s for VIP transport and other special missions. Only four aircraft remain in the fleet: two 1980s-era Challenger 601 models and two of the more modern Challenger 604 models purchased in 2002. Two older Challengers were retired from the Air Force in 2014.
A brand-new Challenger 650 model can be purchased from the factory in Montreal for just over $32 million.
New international civil aviation rules mean the older Challengers have to fly under 10,000 feet all the way across the Atlantic. As a result, they burn a lot more fuel and require more stops. Additionally, these aircraft are not very comfortable.
The RCAF says buying two used Challenger 604s would fall within the current budget, and many used CL604 aircraft are available for purchase. By having just one aircraft type cost savings in the form of avionics upgrades, spares and crew/maintenance training could be realized.

Chris Rands · CBC News · Posted: Apr 27, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: April 27


Before listening, check the meaning of the following words:

  • Fleet – to purchase – to retire – upgrade – spares – crew

Now you are ready to answer these questions:

  1. What is the cost range given for the purchase of two replacement aircraft?
  2. Why can the Prime Minister not use commercial flights?
  3. Complete these sentences:
    • Buying two used aircraft will cost between $__________ and $_____________ .
    • There are ___________ aircraft in the fleet
    • Two are ____________________________ which date from _______________
    • There are two _______________________________ purchased in ____________
    • Two older Challengers were retired from the RCAF in _______________ .
    • A new Challenger 650 costs __________ _____________ ______________
  4. How are two of the VIP fleet affected by changes in regulations?
  5. What is the maximum altitude the older Challengers can fly at? What two effects does this have?
  6. What advantages are there in buying two used CL604 aircraft?

Radiotelephony exercise

Listen to the following recording and complete the table below

Aircraft registration: ___
Aircraft type ___
Departure airport ___
Arrival airport Klaipeda
Current altitude ___
Distance South East of IRKAL ___
Squawk ___
Nature of hazard ___
Altitude of hazard Between ___ and ___
Request to fly direction To the ___ of Kaunas
Call back position ___
Altitude when calling back ___
Length of delay ___
Report overhead SITGU, altitude ___

PIL: Kaunas information from D-FUSS good day

ATC: D-FUSS this is Kaunas information go ahead

PIL: D-FUSS, Cessna 208 with flight plan from Minsk to Klaipeda, currently 3500ft at 5NM to the south-east of IRKAL with information Bravo

ATC: D-SS squawk 7053, are you aware of balloon activity in the area?

PIL: Affirm, we have the NOTAM, squawk 7053, D-SS

ATC: D-SS, be advised numerous balloons between 1000 and 5000 ft at about 10NM to the south of the airfield.

PIL: Roger, could we continue to the east of Kaunas D-SS?

ATC: D-SS approved, call back overhead RAVPO at 3500ft and expect a CTR transit via SITGU

PIL: Call back overhead RAVPO at 3500ft, D-SS

PIL: D-SS overhead RAVPO at 3500ft

ATC: D-SS, hold position at RAVPO due to IFR arrival at Eyka. Expect a 5-minute delay

PIL: Holding at RAVPO, D-SS

ATC: D-SS CTR transit approved. Altitude not below 3500ft, report overhead SITGU

PIL: Transit approved, will report SITGU not below altitude 3500ft