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Pass a Cadet Pilot Programme ICAO English Test with a Level 5+ rating

Joining an airline's Cadet Pilot Programme is an ideal way to start a career as a pilot.  But being successful in each stage of the selection process is not easy.  If you are applying for an airline's Cadet Pilot Programme one of the most important things that you should prepare for is the ICAO English test. English proficiency is very important for safety in aviation, not just the test.  Many candidates are surprised to find that they lack the English proficiency to perform well in an ICAO test, despite studying overseas in English speaking countries for many years.

Here is the solution: We recommend that you start improving your English with our experienced Aviation English teachers BEFORE you apply.

Complete 30-100 hours of this course if you want to develop a GENUINE high level of proficiency in a Cadet Pilot Programme ICAO English test

Aviation English Asia Ltd offer the ICAO Aviation English for Cadet Entry Pilots course to help you achieve both success in gaining a cadetship and maintain safety in the air. This course has been taught in Hong Kong since 2009 and has helped a lot of candidates achieve success in gaining a cadetship. There is no other course provider with AEA's experience, credibility and reputation in Asia.

The only complete English course for Cadet Entry Pilots

ICAO Aviation English for Cadet Entry Pilots is suitable for you if you want to apply for an airline's cadet pilot programme and need to improve your English before proceeding with the application.   It's more effective, more affordable and more enjoyable than other English courses because it gives you intense practice of key language skills and vocabulary that you need for an aviation career.  If you are as passionate about aviation as our teachers you will love this course.

The communication strategies taught by Aviation English Asia are designed to give you intense practice of all the language skills needed for a career as a pilot, not just success in an airline's cadet entry ICAO English test.  You will learn unique skills that will give you a massive advantage over other candidates.

Each unit gives you practice of the following ICAO test key skills:

  • Pronunciation - advanced techniques to improve your pronunciation
  • Vocabulary - develop a wide aviation, technical and general vocabulary and paraphrasing skills
  • Structure - improve your grammar with effective drills and activities
  • Comprehension - listening and reading comprehension - specific to aviation
  • Fluency - organise your thoughts and ideas and express yourself clearly
  • Interaction - learn to respond appropriately in routine and non-routine situations


The course will help you improve your grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension and fluency, with the added advantage of giving you practice of the language needed for your career. This will help you stay motivated and you will enjoy learning English more because you have a clear objective. Aviation English Asia has an objective too - to help you become proficient at ICAO Level 5 and above.  After completing the recommended number of course units you will be well prepared for the ICAO test.

Benefits of the ICAO Aviation English for Cadet Entry Pilots courseICAO listening comprehension

  • You will have better pronunciation - with our unique exercises and drills.
  • You will be able to use grammar more accurately.
  • You will develop a wider vocabulary.
  • You will be able to understand different accents, phrasal verbs, idioms and slang.
  • You will be able to clearly report and handle non-routine situations.
  • You will be able to give effective presentations about technical subject matter.
  • You will be able to write accurate reports about malfunctions and unexpected events.
  • You will be able to understand radio transmissions by English speakers with unusual accents
  • You will be a safer pilot - with a wide range of vocabulary for unexpected situations.
  • You will be able to interact and respond to questions correctly.
  • You will be able to paraphrase if other people don't recognise your vocabulary or pronunciation.
  • You will reinforce your technical knowledge - if you think you know everything about aviation, you still need to be able to express it clearly.
  • You will save money by focusing more on what you need and less on what you don't need (ie boring academic English, IELTS).
  • You will meet and learn from other airline pilots.
  • You will have better general English even if you are ultimately not successful in an aviation career.


ICAO Aviation English for Cadet Entry Pilots

We make it easy for you to improve your English

Learning English with us is easy and enjoyable - no other course provider provides the same level of support as Aviation English Asia.

  • Professional Aviation English Teachers familiar with many different types of ICAO English test
  • Course fulfils the ICAO language proficiency requirements
  • Course content suitable for your experience level
  • Access to our online learning community with additional learning materials and resources
  • Flexible class times (choice of two weekday afternoons or three evening classes each week)
  • Flexible study schedules (30-100 hours taken over 15-90 weeks)
  • Flexible options for payment of course fees (pay as you go, every 10 units)
  • Classes held in a convenient location in Central or Jordan
  • Optional Supplementary Classes for learners who require additional help e.g, ICAO Pronunciation Workshops, Aviation Theory Workshops

Learn from PROFESSIONAL Aviation English Teachers, ATCs & airline pilot instructors

  • 100% Qualified Native English Teachers - previously holding senior positions at major language centres and universities
  • Teachers are supported by Subject Matter Experts - commercial pilots with major airlines and ATCs - ALSO qualified Native English Teachers
  • Teachers are members of the College of Teachers, established under Royal Charter in the UK.
  • Teachers are passionate about aviation, and want to see you succeed.
  • Course designed by a Cambridge examiner / university lecturer with an MA in Applied Linguistics
  • Course has thousands of hours of development time
  • On-going support throughout the selection process

The ICAO Aviation English for Cadet Entry Pilots course is proven to be effective

To date 100% of our students who have completed the recommended number of units have passed the ICAO English test and many have continued to success in the management interview and flight grading.  Please note that improving your English takes time and although intensive study has been proven to be effective it is unlikely that you will jump complete ICAO levels in just a few weeks. Therefore we recommend that you start improving your English early.

The complete course consists of 400 units in total. Each stage is divided into 10 units. The minimum number of stages is 10 (10 hours). The recommended number of units to go from ICAO level 3 to ICAO level 4 is 200.


Stage A Stage B Stage C Stage D Stage E

and more

until you are ready

for an ICAO test*

10 units 10 units 10 units 10 units 10 units  

How much does the ICAO Aviation English for Cadet Entry Pilots course cost?

Course fees depend on a number of factors so it is essential to arrange a consultation before starting a course.  Typically course fees are at market rate for General and Business English even though our courses require a lot more technical expertise to deliver.  Students who also take advantage of additional Weekend Workshops tend to achieve their target level faster.

Find out your level in a FREE CONSULTATION before you enrol on a course

It is very important that you take a course at the right level with specific focus on the areas which you need to improve.  During a consultation we will recommend the best study plan for you, taking into account the time available, your needs and your current level.

Retaking an ICAO English test? We will show you EXACTLY what to do to score ICAO level 4 and above

If you have taken the ICAO test before, Aviation English Asia can give you an independent assessment of your current level.  This is very important as your English ability might have changed since your assessment.

Serious about an aviation career?

Aviation English Asia deliver the highest quality and best value English courses available in Hong Kong.  We are motivated by your success and will support you in your English training needs every step of the way.  If you are serious about aviation you need our courses.

For more information please read the Frequently Asked Questions section here  

Call us on:  +852 8179 9295

or alternatively complete the contact request form to arrange a free consultation.

Topics include


Forces in flight
Wing design
Wing characteristics
Aerofoil design
Lift and drag
High speed aerodynamics
Shock waves
Low and high speed buffet
Speed margins
Load factor limits
Adverse effects
High altitude flight
Range and endurance


Electrical systems
Electrical terms
Electrical circuits
Direct current DC
Alternating current AC
Ram air turbine
Output conversion
Electrical distribution
Output conversion

Engines and Propellers

Major manufacturers
Jet engine types
Combustion cycle
Jet engine construction
Free turbine
Multi spool engines
Reverse thrust
Thrust and power augmentation
Engine starting relight and protection
Engine efficiency
Engine instruments
Engine control
Thrust lever positions
Auxiliary power unit
Propeller aerodynamics
Piston engines
Engine lubrication
Refuelling and measurement

Fire Protection

Smoke detection systems
Fire detection systems
Fire extinguishing systems
Onboard fire extinguishers 

Flight Controls

Basic control types
Flight control assistance
Control effects
Wing augmentation
Advanced control features
High lift devices
Stall protection

Human Factors

Human factors
Information processing
Crew resource management
Optical illusions
Physical effects

Hydraulics, Pressurization and Oxygen

Hydraulic systems
Hydraulic fluids
System components
Backup systems
Bleed air systems
Pressurization systems
Air-conditioning systems
Humidity control

Ice Protection and Warning

Ice detection
Ice removal and protection


Pitot and static instruments
Navigation instruments
Pitot and static measurement
Temperature measurement
Angle of attack


International standard atmosphere
Relative humidity and dew point
Levels and pressure
Isothermal and inversion
Visibility and runway visual range
Fog and mist
Aircraft icing
Jet streams
Clear air turbulence
Mountain waves
Tri cell theory
Thermal equator
Intertropical convergence zone
Local winds
Tropical revolving storms
Air masses
Pressure systems
Frontal systems
Other phenomenon
Weather radar
Volcanic ash
Forecasts and reports

Navigation and Auto Flight

Navigation and auto flight systems
Hyperbolic navigation
Satellite navigation
Doppler navigation
Inertial navigation
High latitude flying
Fly by wire
Air data computer
EFIS systems
Flight management systems
Auto flight systems
Alert and warning systems
General navigation 

Navigation Theory

Point of no return 
Critical point


Airport operations
LAHSO Land and hold short operations
SIMOPS Simultaneous runway operations
SODROPS Simultaneous opposite direction runway operations
Long range operations
ETOPS Extended twin engine operations
Operational requirements
Polar routes
Instrument approaches
Microwave landing systems
Direction finding
ILS protection
Low visibility operations
Minimum altitudes
Departures and arrivals
Cruising levels
RVSM Operations
RVSM equipment
Navigation requirements
Collision avoidance
Search and rescue
Fire fighting RFFS
Wake turbulence
Instrument procedures
Air traffic management
Fuel planning
Dangerous goods
Minimum equipment list MEL
Configuration deviation list CDL
Briefings and checklists
Safety requirements


Takeoff performance
WAT limits
Runway distances
Balanced field length
Runway alignment
Stopping performance
Performance definitions
Gross and net
Obstacle clearance
Performance improvement
Engine failure procedures
Runway condition
Noise abatement
Tail strike
Landing performance
Go around performance
Enroute performance


Radio equipment

Reference Speeds

Performance speeds
Stall speeds
Miscellaneous speeds
Approach segment speeds
Landing speeds
Speeds and effects

Runways and Airport Facilities

Aerodrome categories
Taxiway markings
Airport signs
Runway markings
Approach lighting
Runway lighting
Taxiway lighting
Approach slope guidance
Visual docking guidance

Undercarriage, Tyres and Brakes

Undercarriage design
Retraction and extension
Aquaplaning and hydroplaning
Aircraft and pavement classification

Weight and Balance

Aircraft weight
Aircraft balance

 Aviation English



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+852 8179 9295



Professional Training and Examination Refund Scheme under the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund 

Workplace English Campaign

Hong Kong

Aviation English Asia has been offering part time and full time courses in Hong Kong since 2009.

All courses are available in Hong Kong. Check the schedule above for details.


Aviation English Asia has been offering part time courses in Vietnam since 2014.

All courses are available in Vietnam - typically every 8 weeks, or by special arrangement.


ICAO Aviation English, English for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Technicians and Mechanics, and English for Flight Attendants are available in Taipei, Tainan and Kaosiung.

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