Part 3: Listening comprehension
Part 3: Listening comprehension
Listen to this radio report about the company Ziplines plan to use drones to deliver urgent medical supplies in Rwanda. The report is divided into two parts.
Complete these sentences, based on what you have heard:
- Rwanda is known as ___
- Because of the topography ___
- Due to the terrain, it can take hours ___
- It is especially difficult for hospitals is remote areas to get blood during ___
- During the rainy season, many roads ___
- The population of Rwanda is ___
- The plan is that all of the population should be able to receive a delivery of an urgent medical product within ___
- The use of drones to overcome lack of road infrastructure is ___
- Examples of rare medical products are a blood supply in ___
- Instead of going round hills we can ___
- Zipline’s team is made up of people from Boeing ___
- By placing a distribution hub near an existing medical warehouse, Zipline will be able to ___
Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills. It’s a very difficult country in terms of topography and many areas are hard to reach. Because of the terrain, it can take hours to get from one village to another, even though it’s a very short distance. So, for something like blood supplies, where it’s very difficult to predict where and when they will be needed, this is a real problem. Hospitals in remote areas can have a hard time getting blood, especially during the rainy season when roads can be impassable.
This is where the idea of working with Zipline came from, with a plan to put every one of Rwanda’s 11m citizens within 15-30 minutes of a delivery of any urgent medical product they could need. The use of drones to overcome the lack of road infrastructure to deliver lifesaving medical products is revolutionary idea. The idea that you could use a drone to deliver a rare medical product, such as a blood supply in a rare blood group or a rabies vaccine is absolutely brilliant. We no longer need to go around hills but we fly over the hills. We’ve pulled together a team from Boeing, Space-Ex, Google, Lockheed-Martin and it’s an honour for Zipline to partner with the government of Rwanda. We place a hub near an existing medical warehouse and this instantly allows that warehouse to make hundreds of deliveries per day to any location within range.
The doctor sends us their order by text or email, whatever is convenient. Somebody then prepares the package and puts it on the drone. We then take the vehicle and put it through pre-flight tests. Then it’s launched and it flies automatically out to the clinic. The path has already been calculated. It’s in the computer. Then the staff at the medical clinic will receive a text message saying, “the drone is two minutes away, please step outside.” It drops the packet and somebody goes and collects it. It turns around and flies home and we get it ready for the next delivery. Our service not only makes it possible but affordable for governments to be able to deliver essential medicines to all of their citizens. This isn’t a small step forward; this is a transformational change to how we deliver essential medical supplies across the world.
Listen to this RT exchange between the pilot of a cargo flight and Southampton Tower, then complete the pilot’s part of the dialogue.
PIL: Southampton Tower from G-RTUP ___
PIL: Cleared for take-off ___
PIL: Southampton tower from G-UP ___
I think ___
PIL: Right hand downwind ___
PIL: Number ___
PIL: G-UP ___
PIL: Cleared to land ___
PIL: Vacate ___
PIL: Southampton Tower from G-RTUP, holding short Alpha 1, fully ready for departure
ATC: G-UP runway 02 cleared for take-off wind 030 degrees 8 knots
PIL: Cleared for take-off runway 02, G-UP
PIL: Southampton tower from G-UP, request immediate return to airfield. I think something in the cargo bay has moved
ATC: G-UP, roger, join right hand downwind runway 02
PIL: Right hand downwind runway 02, G-UP
ATC: G-UP, you are number two, preceding traffic on short final, report final runway 02
PIL: Number 2, will report final runway 02, G-UP
PIL: G-UP final runway 02
ATC: G-UP runway 02 cleared to land wind 030 degrees 5 knots
PIL: Cleared to land runway 02 G-UP
ATC: G-UP vacate left via B1 and taxi via alpha to the north apron. Do you require assistance?
PIL: Vacate left B1 then via Alpha to north apron, I’ll call you back if I need anything G-UP
ATC: Roger, G-UP