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I am going to travel to ........... . I am going to see .......... .

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1. This country is in Europe and Asia. It is the biggest country in the world. The flag is white blue and red. People in this country like to drink tea and vodka. I am going to travel to .......... .

2. This country is in North America. It has 50 states and a lot of high buildings. People eat hamburgers and hot dogs. I am going to travel to .......... .

3. This country is in Europe. It is in the south-west and it is very close to Africa. People run with the bulls and dance flamenco. I am going to travel to .......... .

4. This country is very close to Hungary. It is a small country, but it has a long seacoast. People eat cevapi and seafood. I am going to travel to .......... .

5. This country is in the west of Europe. People eat croissants and drink champagne. The flag is blue, white and red. I am going to travel to .......... .

6. This country is in Asia. A lot of people live there. The country has a big wall and people do not eat with forks! I am going to travel to .......... .

7. This country is in South-America. People do not speak Spanish here. It has a very long river. I am going to travel to .......... .

8. This country is in the east of Africa. It has a very high mountain, it is 5895 m high. The flag is green, yellow, black and blue. I am going to travel to .......... .

9. This country is in Central America. It has a canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. I am going to travel to .......... .

10. This country is in the west of Europe. The capital city is in the south of the country. People like fish and chips tea. I am going to travel to .......... .




There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi.

We know the story of MH370: A loaded Boeing 777 departs at midnight from Kuala Lampur, headed to Beijing. A hot night. A heavy aircraft. About an hour out, across the gulf toward Vietnam, the plane goes dark, meaning the transponder and secondary radar tracking go off. Two days later we hear reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar, meaning the plane is tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the Strait of Malacca.

The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shah1 was a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They’re always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don’t want to be thinking about what are you going to do–you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles.

The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.

The loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense in a fire.

Aviate, navigate, and lastly, communicate is the mantra in such situations.

What I think happened is the flight crew was overcome by smoke and the plane continued on the heading, probably on George (autopilot), until it ran out of fuel or the fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. You will find it along that route–looking elsewhere is pointless.

Fire in an aircraft demands one thing: Get the machine on the ground as soon as possible.


There are two well-remembered experiences in my memory. The AirCanada DC9 which landed, I believe, in Columbus, Ohio in the 1980s. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports. He didn’t instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually, but lost 30-odd souls. The 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire overcame them and they had to ditch in the ocean. They simply ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what? The transponders and communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.


Surprisingly, none of the reporters, officials, or other pilots interviewed have looked at this from the pilot’s viewpoint: If something went wrong, where would he go? Thanks to Google Earth I spotted Langkawi in about 30 seconds, zoomed in and saw how long the runway was and I just instinctively knew this pilot knew this airport. He had probably flown there many times.

Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. Two plus two equals four. For me, that is the simple explanation why it turned and headed in that direction. Smart pilot. He just didn’t have the time.

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1. Does the writer of the article agree with CNN in this matter?

2. Where did he find the answere to the mistery?

3. Where was MH370 flying?

4. How lon after takeoff did the plane disappear?

5. What do we know about the captain?

6. Can the writer of the article fly a plane?

7. What do old pilots know?

8. Why is this knowledge important?

9. According to the writer, the pilot was flying to ........................... because ........................... .

10. What are the 3 most important things in case of fire?

11. Who is George?

12. What does the pilot have to do when there's a fire in an aircraft?

13. What happened to Air Canada DC9?

14. What happened to Swissair DC-10?

15. What does the writer think of the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?


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TELC - letter writing tips


The link above takes you to a very useful reading material.

There are seven sample letters, each of them evaluated. Some letters got very high scores, some very low, one letter got 0 out of 45. Everything is explained at the end of the document.

For example letter number 6 got a very high score (45/45). The sample letter is on page 9. Evaluation is on page 16.

Letter number 4 on the other hand got a very low score (0 out of 45), which means the writer of this letter probably failed the exam. Why? It is explained on page 14.

Have a look at the letters and see how you can write good and bad letters. Of course, you can always learn from other people's mistakes.