Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 1 decade ago

I am teaching English to men working on the repair of aircraft interiors, walls,...?

...toilets,etc and I need vocabulary/books

I am an English teacher in Thailand and my students work as interior maintenance engineers/fitters, they need a good level of English to communicate with airline reps. They are experienced in their work but lack the working vocabulary in English, and as I am an aviation moron I need books to help me teach them, they deal with all aspects of interior maintenance and repair.

Any and all help or suggestions will be much appreciated.

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    These books may be of use, but check the online resources bellow first.

    Cambridge Air and Space Dictionary (Cambridge reference) (Hardcover)

    http://www./ amazon .com/Cambridge-Air-Space-Dictionary-reference/dp/0521394392/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211492371&sr=8-4

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    Dictionary of Air Transport and Traffic Control (Hardcover)

    http://www./ amazon .com/Dictionary-Air-Transport-Traffic-Control/dp/0246123605/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211492371&sr=8-9

    7 used & new available from $ 53 .99


    The United States Air Force Dictionary (Paperback)

    http://www./ amazon .com/United-States-Air-Force-Dictionary/dp/0548443491/ref=sr_1_31?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211492424&sr=8-31

    Price: $ 34 .16

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    US AIR FORCE A DICTIONARY (Garland Reference Library of Social Science, Vol 696) (Hardcover)

    http://www./ amazon .com/DICTIONARY-Garland-Reference-Library-Science/dp/082405539X/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211492371&sr=8-8

    1 used & new available from $ 29 .95



    http://www./ amazon .com/QUESTIONS-ANSWERS-AIRPLANE-ENGINE-MECHANICS/dp/B0012MEP1K/ref=sr_1_48?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211492733&sr=8-48

    1 used & new available from $ 11 .50


    Online glossaries and indexes:

    Aviation Glossary

    http://www./ jetsales .com/mesinger/glossary/ glossary .html

    Glossary of Airplane Terms

    http://www./ coastalplanes .com/articles/ glossary .html


    http:// g.oswego .edu/dl/acs/glossary/ section3_1 .html

    Aircraft Glossary

    http://www./ .za/Glossary/ A .php


    A Glossary of Aviation

    Terms and Abbreviations

    http://www./ aerofiles .com/ glossary .html

    Glossary of Aircraft-Related Terms

    http://www./ fly-efi .com/ glossary .html

    Glossary of Terms

    http:// .edu/ 16 .00/www/aec/ glossary .html

  • 1 decade ago

    There are tons of on-line locations with terms and definitions that might help some. is a good one as is

    You can also do a search for "aviation terms" which returns more than those two and might be of help.

    As for "books" why not get Aviation Maintenance Magazine or or even Aviation Weeks Overhaul and Maintenance Magazine Some publishers make "special deals" for schools on periodicals so check to see if you can get lowered rates of perhaps even "free".

    Those are good publications and would give you some "insights" into the world of the terms needed.

    Source(s): TL
  • strech
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Like someone else said, the interior parts for the most part are not strictly aviation parts (like a toilet [refered to as a LAV, short for Lavatory]).

    A few parts are: Hard Shell (hard fiberglass interior walls and ceiling panels)

    Soft Shell (softer foam rubber parts, mainly in cockpit, around windshields, clearview and eyebrow windows).

    Seat Tracks, that the seats attach to.

    Galley, kitchenette areas.

    Source(s): 30 years building aircraft for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing Corps
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1) Ask one of the maintenance leaders who speaks english, for some technical resources on the airplane, that labels the parts.

    2) Just ask someone who knows, who speaks english, what they call those parts, and do some scribbling. (you could probably get a video-recorder to record that session.) Be sure you have your work checked if you write it down.

    Interiors really aren't part of "aviation" so to speak, you're dealing with seats and trim and nuts and bolts and stuff, not aerodynamics.

    Source(s): Former ESL teacher and pilot.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Try this one from, it is all work related and geared to ESL:

    Also see Merriam-Webster's online visual dictionary:

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Now I know where my job went.

    Source(s): Laid off airline mechanic
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