LANDING ON THE BEACH

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You will learn the vocabulary needed to talk about the only airport in the world where scheduled planes land on the beach. At high tide, the runways are under water. You will also listen to a pilot describing his experience of flying into this airport and landing on the beach.

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LANDING ON THE BEACH:

LANDING ON THE BEACH A passenger’s experience

Barra island Airport:

Barra island Airport Airport and control tower – a small scale operation The airport is the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway.

vocabulary:

vocabulary Small-scale operation – simple and not busy Roller conveyor – moving belt for luggage Runway configuration – runway set up Coincide – match Windsock - Reflective strips – strips that become visible when light shines on them

Try to remember the words from the list on the previous slide. put the correct words in the gaps.:

Try to remember the words from the list on the previous slide. put the correct words in the gaps. There are 3 _________________________ on Barra beach. The airport is a pretty _________________________ . The baggage reclaim has a 1.5m long _________________________ . The flights to and from the airport are scheduled to _________________________ with the tides. People have to keep off the beach when the _________________________ is flying and the airport is active. There are night flights only for emergencies and_________________________ are used to light up the runway. Check your answers at the end.

Watch the approach and landing:

Watch the approach and landing

A Passenger’s experience:

A Passenger’s experience

Listen and follow the text.:

Listen and follow the text. The flight between Glasgow and Barra takes one hour and the small Twin Otter aircraft seats 15 at a push, although on the way out there were only 7 passengers. The lady who greeted us at the steps of the tiny plane, checked our boarding cards and gave the safety briefing then proceeded to sit in the front and switch to her First Officer duties. No room for cabin crew on here. An open cockpit meant that we were able to watch the flight path over the pilot’s shoulder, and observe the primitive looking instruments on the dashboard of this aging aircraft.

Listen and follow the text.:

Listen and follow the text. Once over the Scottish mainland we dropped to 2,000 feet for the last half hour of the flight, and the shimmering blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean looked stunning in the afternoon sunshine. No doubt this is far more enjoyable flying for a pilot than commanding a giant computerised jet plane.

Listen and follow the text.:

Listen and follow the text. Barra appeared on the horizon as we dropped below 1,000 feet, and soon after passing over land the pilot banked to the right, dropped the nose and we were treated to a view of the wide expanse of sand that was now only a few hundred feet below: without doubt one of the most spectacular approaches I’ve experienced. The smoothest of landings and we trundled across the beach to the tiny terminal building, and disembarked in front of a waiting group of tourists who had come to watch the plane come and go.

Answers to questions:

Answers to questions There are 3 runway configurations on Barra beach. The airport is a pretty small scale operation . The baggage reclaim has a 1.5m long roller conveyor . The flights to and from the airport are scheduled to coincide with the tides. People have to keep off the beach when the windsock is flying and the airport is active. There are night flights only for emergencies and reflective strips are used to light up the runway. Check your answers at the end.

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