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Tom Wong
Cathay Pacific Airways
2015-12-13, 14:28
"Thanks Michael. Good news finally comes. Pass. It's a bit lower than my expectation, surprising all 4. Perhaps it's a different standard"
Ricky Tso
Cathay Pacific Airways
2015-12-13, 14:59
"CX just asked me to do the medical test. I guess I must have made it. Thank you for all the hard work AEA teachers have done for me. btw I think it is definitely useful to join your course. It helps a lot"
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Cathay Pacific Airways
2015-12-13, 14:23
"Hi Michael, I passed the ICAO retest. Thank you for your great help in the last year"

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AEA will help you develop genuine language proficiency in English.

ICAO's English Language Proficiency Requirements

In 1997 ICAO recognized the importance of improving communication between pilots and air traffic controllers in order to avoid accidents.

The Air Navigation Commission (ANC) reviewed the existing provisions for air-ground and ground-ground voice communication in the international civil aviation context. The ANC made changes to strengthen ICAO Annexes 1, 6, 10, 11 about language proficiency requirements for pilots and air traffic controllers.

Changes to ICAO’s English Language Proficiency Requirements

Annex 1 describes the language proficiency and testing requirements. Annex 1 also contains a language proficiency rating scale with six proficiency levels. Finally, Annex 1 describes how language proficiency will affect personnel licensing.

Annexes 6 and 11 establish that all pilots and air traffic controllers must comply with the ICAO language proficiency requirements outlined in Annex 1. Thus pilots and air traffic personnel must be proficient in both ICAO phraseology and plain English.


 

Implications of the Changes for the Aviation Industry

All speakers of English must demonstrate a minimum English language proficiency at ICAO Level 4 (Operational) in order to be fully licensed internationally.

Air traffic personnel will be required to take a test to determine their English language proficiency according to the ICAO proficiency scale. Personnel will need to demonstrate ability to use the language specific to all aspects of radio telephony communication.

Personnel who demonstrate English language proficiency at

  • ICAO Level 6 (Expert) will not be required to demonstrate English language proficiency in the future.
  • ICAO Level 5 (Extended) will need to be retested every six years.
  • ICAO Level 4 (Operational) will need to be retested every three years.
  • ICAO Level 3 or below will need specific Aviation English language training to reach the minimum ICAO Operational Level.

Member states that do not comply with the new licensing requirements will be required to notify ICAO. Non-compliance may limit the international recognition of the licenses of aviation personnel.

Deadline for Meeting the New ICAO English Language Proficiency Requirements

The new ICAO standards became applicable in November 2003. ICAO member states have until March 2011 to train their personnel to meet the testing and licensing standards. All member states need to ensure that their aviation personnel achieve the minimum ICAO Level 4 (Operational) proficiency in English by March 2011.

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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.

Vietnam

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.

Taiwan

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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