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Quick Tips

Need some quick tips to help you improve your Aviation English? In this section of the website we have combined some quick tips to help you achieve success in an ICAO English test.

Keep Improving Your English, Even After You Pass!
Keep Improving Your English, Even After You Pass!

All good airlines want their new-hire pilots to achieve ICAO level 5 or 6.  If you are applying for an airline as a cadet pilot and only have ICAO level 4 you will probably be advised to keep working on your English throughout the selection process.  One of the big mistakes we see is that weak candidates stop learning English after they reach a marginal ICAO level 4.  But what happens to these candidates after they begin their cadetship? Some find flight training difficult, others fail check-rides and get grounded when back in HK, and one even had a tail strike because she misunderstood directions from an instructor.

So keep improving your English, even after you pass.  You will inspire others and enhance the safety culture of your airline.

This is the best course to help you improve your English if you have less than 250 flying hours.

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Learn English for both routine and non-routine situations
Learn English for both routine and non-routine situations

Pilots and ATCOs need a solid grasp of English, but don't forget that proficiency in English during routine situations is as equally important as English needed to handle non-routine situations.  This should not only include reading back clearances, flight levels, headings, squawk codes but also communicative functions to trigger actions, share information, manage a pilot-controller relation (including rejecting complaints and reprimands) and manage a pilot controller dialogue.

Aviation English Asia Ltd courses include activities for developing proficiency in both routine and non-routine situations.

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Scam organisation teaching to the test
BAD PRACTICE: teaching pilots "how to pass an ICAO English test"

Teaching to the test puts a time-bomb in the cockpit

Hong Kong, much like Taiwan and Thailand is affected by a phenomenon known as bu xi bans.  This translates from mandarin as "cram school".  It's basically where a school targets candidates preparing for exams.  They offer "crash courses" which means that you will complete a course but make lots of mistakes. Cram schools compete on price and to cut costs employ backpacking English teachers, usually without a teaching certificate.  The result is students who barely speak english and have mediocre exam scores.  They focus on passing the test but not on building genuine language proficiency.  These cram schools are just interested in getting your money.  You might think that it's ok because you can pass the test and learn English later, but any decent airline will detect your problem and ground you from flying for at least 2 months.

Unfortunately we have seen a few schools trying to copy Aviation English Asia Ltd recently - even copying names like "unit" and "workshop" and large parts of the text on our website, but they make a fatal mistake - they try to cram information into 4 hour classes.  Some of them even try to copy our company name or give themselves made up job titles like "aviation communications specialist", "learning facilitator" or "ICAO approved examiner". These job titles actually mean "unqualified English teacher", and for the record there is no such thing as an "ICAO approved examiner".  ICAO do not approve examiners.

Aviation English Asia Ltd is the only genuine provider of Aviation English is Hong Kong.  We have offered full time courses in Hong Kong since 2009.  We are also a founder member of the Aviation English Organisation and contributed to the Aviation English Rating Organisation, Syllabus and Teacher Assessment Framework, which is your guarantee of quality.

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Aviation English Radio

Aviation English Radio
ICAO English Test Listening Comprehension

Aviation English Asia Ltd provides a number of free resources for you to improve your English in your free time.  In 2017 we launched Aviation English Radio, an online student radio station streaming 24/7 each day of the year.  Since then we have had great feedback from learners all over the world who tune in and listen simultaneously to Aviation English Radio.  

Every time you tune in you will be able to listen to carefully graded audio to help prepare for your ICAO test, learn aviation theory (Basic Aeronautical Knowledge), principles of Air Traffic Control, ICAO English test questions, technical interview questions, hear student experiences and get hints and tips to improve your English proficiency.  

We are sure that if you enrol in a course with Aviation English Asia Ltd and listen to the programmes on Aviation English Radio you will make a rapid improvement in both your knowledge and your English proficiency.

Join Aviation English Asia's worldwide learning community.  You can tune in here - and don't forget to share to your friends too.

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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.


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.


Aviation English Asia has been offering part time and full time courses in Cambodia since July 2018

All courses are available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Check the schedule for details.

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