Aviation English – what is it and how does it differ from any other “professional language”?

👨‍✈️English is only a small part of all the knowledge which pilots and other aviation professionals must possess. Taking into account the statistics of air accidents, which states that about two thousand people around the world died as a result of some language problems and misunderstandings between the pilot and the controller, it becomes obvious that the language and communication are among the key factors in the aviation industry.

🚦In order to coordinate the flights, ensure the safety and efficiency of the civil aviation, the United Nations has created Organization ICAO Civil Aviation (ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organization). Since 2008, ICAO has increased the level of English requirements for aviation specialists and has established standards and norms according to which English is recognized as the only aviation language in the airspace.

👩‍✈️Currently, aviation specialists serving international flights (flight crew members, air traffic controllers) should have English language level not less than ICAO 4.

ICAO language proficiency scale is a clearly described set of requirements for proficiency in aviation terminology and phraseology in English. In total, there are six levels:

• Levels 1-3 – Non-operational (this category includes Pre-Elementary, Elementary, Preliminary)
• Level 4 – Operational
• Level 5 – Extended (“Advanced”)
• Level 6 – Expert (“Expert”)
Also note that English knowledge must be regularly confirmed. The frequency of English knowledge confirmation of knowledge of the language on the ICAO scale:
• Level 4 – once in 3 years
• Level 5 – once in 6 years
• Level 6 – confirmation is not required
📚How does the training in aviation English take place?
The primary training includes 250 hours, the course duration makes at least 3 x months. The preparation for the 4th level of Aviation English on the ICAO scale includes 150 hours and lasts at least 1 month. The objective of the course is to teach you how to speak, perceive the terminology used in the typical situations: conversation with the dispatcher, discussing technical issues of the aircraft operation, communicating with passengers, etc.
In addition, all pilots should be able to speak English in various emergency situations: fire aboard, terrorist threat, emergency landing, change of route, conflicts inside the cabin, etc.
The main form of work: communication, learning how to perceive different dialects of the English language using practical examples.

☑️ We provide the multi-level Aviation English language course for training aviation personnel from Level 1 to Level 6 on the ICAO Scale. Please contact us for more details.✉️

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