Part 3: Listening comprehension

Part 3: Listening comprehension

Listen to this pilot speaking about an emergency landing incident near Bunbury, Western Australia, in which he was involved, then decide which of these statements are true or false:


  1. Rich had landed over 10 miles away.
  2. It took Bruce and the narrator a long time to find Rich.
  3. Rich was flying a Cessna 172.
  4. It’s registration was VH-JAM.
  5. Rich had trouble finding somewhere suitable to land.
  6. Fortunately, Rich was alone in the aircraft.
  7. The Cessna was badly damaged.
  8. The narrator and Bruce brought 30 litres of fuel in jerry cans.
  9. Rich had called the police.
  10. There wasn’t much traffic on Highway 20 on that day.
  11. Highway 20 was suitable to use as a runway.
  12. A local radio station reported the incident.

Vocabulary building

Find alternative ways of saying the underlined expressions:

  1. Bruce asked me to give him a hand.
  2. I jumped into Bruce’s car.
  3. We spotted the Cessna in a field.
  4. The police turned up.
  5. Rich made it back to Bunbury without any problems.


I was having lunch at the air club a few years ago when Bruce, the chief pilot came in and asked if I could come and give him a hand because Rich, one of our instructors, had had to make an emergency landing about 10 km north east of the airfield after running out of fuel. I jumped into Bruce’s car and we headed off down the Southwestern Highway, following the GPS co-ordinates that Rich had given us. We made a right onto Highway 20 and after about 10 minutes spotted Rich’s Cessna 152, registration VH-JAM, sitting in the middle of a field not far off the road. Fortunately, that part of Western Australia is pretty flat and not very built up, so Rich hadn’t had much trouble finding somewhere decent to make his emergency landing. Rich and his passenger were fine, as was the Cessna, apart from some superficial damage. We had brought 30 litres of fuel with us in jerry cans which would easily give Rich enough to get back to Bunbury once we had got him out of the field.

By this time the police had turned up and while Rich and I dealt with the refuelling, Bruce asked the two policemen if it would be possible to close off Highway 20 for Rich to take off. As it was a Sunday afternoon, the traffic was fairly light, and the police were happy with this plan. We pushed the aeroplane across the field and onto the road. The road itself had a good surface and at that point is pretty straight, so, once he had made his pre-flight checks, Rich was able to take off quite quickly and the road was only closed for about 30 minutes – just enough time for the local TV station to turn up and film the incident. Rich made it back to Bunbury without any problems, but his passenger preferred to drive back with Bruce and me.

Radiotelephony exercise

Listen to this RT exchange between a pilot and Røros ATC (Norway), then answer these questions:

  1. What is the aircraft type and registration?
  2. Why is the pilot requesting priority?
  3. How far away is the pilot from the airfield?
  4. What is the QNH?
  5. What runway will the pilot land on?
  6. What is the wind like?

Pilot: Røros approach, this is F-RYSK, Piper PA-28 with minimum fuel. Request priority.

ATC: F-SK. Squawk 7015

Pilot: Squawk 7015 F-SK

ATC: F-SK, radar identified 15 nautical miles southwest of Røros. No delays expected. Maintain current heading, descend below 3000ft, QNH 1004.

Pilot: Maintaining current heading. Descending altitude 3000ft, QNH 1004, F-SK

ATC: F-SK, airfield is to the northeast at 10 nautical miles. Report in sight.

Pilot: Airfield in sight, F-SK.

ATC: F-SK. Report final runway 13L.

Pilot: Will report short final, runway 13L, F-SK.

ATC: F-SK, you are cleared to land, runway 13L. Wind 180 degrees, 5 knots.

Pilot: Cleared to land, runway 13L, F-SK.