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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Flying a car?
(Level: intermediate / B1 to B2 / **)



The TF-X model
Photo credit: www.terrafugia.com



A company (*) is developing the first model of flying cars and says it could be available soon. Besides, engineers have managed to overcome technical problems so that everyone could drive and fly the vehicle with minimal tuition. 

(*) Terrafugia. For more details about the company itself and the aircraft models, click HERE
    (Terrafugia's official website) 

You are going to watch BBC Click's interview of Carl Dietrich, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. 


Before watching:

The following words could be useful:
an aircraft: a vehicle for travelling through the air / plane       avion / appareil   
an airliner: a large airplane for carrying passengers        avion de ligne   
to afford: to be able to pay (for...)          se permettre (financièrement)... 



While watching:


Answer the following question:
What are the advantages of owning or using such a flying vehicle, according to Mr. Dietrich?


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Watch the video on the BBC website by clicking HERE











When you are finished, you can check your answers.

Suggestions de réponses


  • Concept du décollage et de l'atterrissage à la verticale...
  • Appareil propre et silencieux.
  • Inutile d'être un pilote chevronné pour manoeuvrer ce type de véhicule; ce dernier "sait" tout du plan de vol; il "connait" les zones réglementées et la position des autres appareils... Il suffit de lui "dire" où l'on veut aller...
  • Véhicule rapide.
  • Si on ne peut s'en permettre l'achat, il est loisible à chacun de payer sa place en tant que passager...
  • La technologie propre à l'aviation "classique" est transférable à ce type de véhicule grâce à la miniaturisation des composantes électroniques...
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