Part 4: Autonomous activities

Part 4: Autonomous activities

Things to think about, research and discuss:

  • Have you ever been on a flight when either a passenger or member of the crew has been taken ill? If so, what were the circumstances and what action was taken?
  • Has anyone (passenger or pilot) been unwell when you have been flying in a light aircraft? What happened? What did you do?
  • Do you think that cabin crew are suitably trained to deal with passenger illness and / or injury? Explain your answer.
  • Have you ever felt unwell when you were the pilot? What did you do?
  • Have you ever heard of pilots who have become unwell during a flight and have needed to be replaced? Explain the circumstances and how the situation was resolved.
  • What are the worst delays you have ever experienced as an airline passenger? What was the cause of the delay? What action was taken to help you in this situation?
  • Have you ever experienced problems as a passenger as a result of a strike or other industrial action? If so, explain the circumstances.
  • Have you ever experienced problems as a pilot as a result of a strike or other industrial action? Again, if this is the case, explain the circumstances.
  • What is your opinion of the salary and working conditions of airline pilots?
  • Would you like to be an airline pilot? Why (not)?
  • Would you like to be an air traffic controller? Why (not)?
  • What is the best airport you have ever visited? What made it good?
  • And what is the worst? Why?
  • In your opinion, which airline offers the best experience for pilots? Explain your answer.
  • Is there an airline with which you would not fly? If yes, why?

Extra reading / listening practice

This article about in-flight medical emergencies is quite challenging but very informative and provides extensive vocabulary practice: Article 1

The site for MedAire, one of the medical and travel security service providers is also very useful: Article 2

This video is well paced and clear: Video 1

This clip deals with the medical training which cabin crew receive: Video 2 It’s quite fast, compared the video above but also quite short.