London’s City Airport has become the first major commercial airport in the world to become fully remote controlled. Normally, air controllers sit at the top of a tower at the airport. At City Airport they are operating take-offs and landings from 70 miles away. It is the first time remote-control technology is used at a commercial airport.
Air traffic controllers can see everything that happens from 14 cameras that sit atop a 50-m high tower. The cameras record everything that happens on the runways and can be set to pan around and zoom in on certain areas. Controllers also receive weather and aircraft information on their screens .
The technology was developed by a Swedish company and has been tested at Swedish airports. Several backup systemsprovide security in case the something goes wrong with the main computers. British authorities claim that the new technology is safe and will make operating an airport more efficient.
aircraft = airplane
air traffic controller = someone whose job it is to give instructions to pilots by radio
atop = on top of
authorities = the people or organizations in control of something
backup systems = computers that start working when the main computers are damaged or don’t work the way they should
claim = to say that something is true
commercial = used by businesses, not military or private
develop = make something new for the first time
efficient = to work in a better way
fully = completely
major = important
pan around = to move around and follow an object
provide = give
receive = get
remote-controlled = operating or working on something from a distance
security = things that are done to protect something
The world’s longest pedestrian bridge opened on Sunday in Arouca, in northern Portugal. The suspension bridgespans 516 meters across a canyon of the Paiva river. It hangs on steel cables connected to two massive towers. Tourists who walk on the bridge can watch the fast-moving river over 170 meters below them.
The mayor of Arouca hopes the new bridge will be an additional attraction to the Arouca Geopark, a region where tourists experience all kinds of outdoor adventures, including hiking , rafting, biking and other activities.
The bridge cost 2.3 million euros and was completed in 2 years. The previous record for the longest pedestrian suspension bridge was held by Randa in the Swiss Alps.
additional = extra
canyon = deep valley with very steep sides that has a river running at the bottom
completed = finished
experience = here: something great that happens to you
hiking = taking walks in the mountains
massive = very large and heavy
mayor = person who is the head of a city
pedestrian= someone who is walking
previous = earlier, up to now
rafting = travelling in a raft on a fast-moving river
span = distance from one side to the other
steel = very strong metal
suspension bridge = bridge that hangs from heavy steel ropes that are connected to towers
The Vespa, one of the most iconic motorcycles in history, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Since the first motorbike left the northern Italian production site in Pontedera, Italy over 19million scooters have been sold, almost 2 million in the past decade alone.
Over the years, the Vespa has become a symbol of freedom and culture for millions of people. Sold in 83 countries on all continents, it is a global brand that represents Italian technology.
For its 75th birthday Vespa has announced the production of a special anniversary series.
anniversary = birthday
announce = to officially say something
decade = ten years
global brand = an object that people know all over the world