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Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Certificate Programme
Inspiring the next generation of local pilots
Improve your knowledge of aviation theory
Achieve proficiency in CASA/FAA exams
Demonstrate your passion for aviation
Prepare for flight training overseas
Prepare for English Language Proficiency Assessment
Develop genuine language proficiency to obtain a Student Pilot Licence or ICAO Level 4+
Aviation scholarship
Gain a practical understanding of flight

Upcoming English for Flight Training classes in Hong Kong

Upcoming Aviation Theory Classes in Hong Kong

Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Certificate Programme

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For candidates looking to achieve proficiency in CASA/FAA exams, or just to improve their technical knowledge before applying to an airline, the Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Certificate Programme, is an effective way to demonstrate your knowledge and passion for aviation.

Learn from experienced native English speaking aviation professionals, and meet special guests who are former (and current) Aviation English Asia Ltd students, now working as pilots for Cathay Pacific Airways, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express.

The course is 100 hours in total and contains 3 modules which can be taken independently.

Module 1

Unit Subject Topics include
  Aircraft Structure
  • Aircraft classification
  • Aircraft components
  • Wing design
  • Empennage design
  • Undercarriage design
  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Aircraft recognition guide
  Principles of Flight
  • Forces in flight
  • Aerofoil design
  • Lift and drag
  • Angle of attack
  • Stability
  • Ceiling
  • Climbing
  • Descending
  • Turning
  • Range and endurance
  • Speed margins
  • Load factor
  • Turning rate and radius
  • Advanced topics in aerodynamics
  Flight Controls
  • Basic control types
  • Primary flight controls
  • Secondary flight controls
  • Speed brakes and spoilers
  • Lift augmentation
  • Primary control effects
  • Secondary control effects
  • Advanced control features
  • Propulsion types
  • Piston engine types
  • Combustion cycle
  • Thrust and power augmentation
  • Engine efficiency
  • Engine instruments
  • Engine control
  • Propellers
  • Propeller aerodynamics
  • Jet engine types
  • Jet engine construction
  • Intakes
  • Fan
  • Compressor
  • Turbine
  • Multi spool engines
  • Exhaust
  • Reverse thrust
  • Fuel
  • Oil
  Aircraft Systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Generators
  • Alternators
  • Batteries
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Hydraulic fluids
  • Oil systems 
  • Fuel systems
  • Ice protection
  Flight Instruments
  • Instrument types
  • Gyroscopes
  • Compasses
  • Pitot and static instruments
  • Navigation instruments
  • Angle of attack
  Aircraft Documentation
  • Maintenance
  • Briefings and checklists
  • Loadsheet
  • Trimsheet
  • Weather minima


Pass rate of 70% is required before proceeding to the next module.  


Interested in flight training overseas?

There are also opportunities to attend flight training in Australia / USA and obtain a Private Pilot Licence * (approximate cost 65,000 HKD including accommodation)

Course Instructors 

Brendan - Aviation English Teacher / Subject Matter Expert / Airline Pilot

Brendan is a recently retired pilot flying Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for a Hong Kong based airline. He is a former RAF pilot and has flown a wide range of aircraft including the Hawk, Boeing 747 and various high altitude aircraft. He has a lot of experience teaching pilots from ab initio (from the beginning) all the way up to fighter pilots.

Gary - Aviation English Teacher / Subject Matter Expert / Airline Pilot

Gary is a First Officer flying Boeing 747 for a Hong Kong based airline.  He is a qualified Native English teacher.

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  • Module 1
  • 20 Hours
  • $6000 HKD
  • 20 hour introductory course suitable for beginners. Classes scheduled Saturday and Sunday afternoon. This module is taught in English with some supplemental Cantonese
  • Aircraft Structure
  • Principles of Flight
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Controls
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Aircraft Documentation
  • Module 2
  • 30 Hours
  • $9,000 HKD
  • 30 hour continuation course suitable for beginners. Classes scheduled Saturday and Sunday afternoon. This module is taught in English with some supplemental Cantonese
  • Weight and Balance
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Aviation Weather Services
  • Airport Operations
  • Airspace
  • Navigation
  • Aeromedical Factors
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Module 3
  • English for Flight Training
  • $15,000 HKD
  • 50 hour course suitable for non-native English speakers. Classes scheduled Tuesday and Thursday 1930-2130. This course is taught in English with very little Cantonese.
  • English for Ground School (30 hours)
  • Radiotelephony 101 (10 hours)
  • English for non-routine situations (10 hours)

Contact us today

+852 81799295

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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