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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

Now open for 2023 application

Our classrooms are COVID secure, but please be aware of the potential impact of sudden HKSAR restrictions on the class schedule. There are 12 places available in each cohort of this programme.

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 airline pilots every Saturday and Sunday afternoon 1400-1600, attend a teacher led study group 1600-1700 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 2

Unit Subject Topics include
   Weight and Balance  
  • Aircraft weight
  • Aircraft balance
   Aircraft Performance  
  • Takeoff performance
  • WAT limits
  • Runway distances
  • Balanced field length
  • Runway alignment
  • Stopping performance
  • Performance definitions
  • Segments
  • Gross and net
  • Obstacle clearance
  • Performance improvement
  • Engine failure procedures
  • Speeds
  • Runway condition
  • Noise abatement
  • Tail strike
  • Landing performance
  • Go around performance
  • Enroute performance
  • Airspeeds
  • Performance speeds
  • Stall speeds
  • Approach segment speeds
  • Landing speeds
  • Speeds and effects
  • International standard atmosphere
  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Density
  • Relative humidity and dew point
  • Levels and pressure
  • Clouds
  • Tropopause
  • Isothermal and inversion
  • Precipitation
  • Visibility and runway visual range
  • Fog and mist
  • Aircraft icing
  • Jet streams
  • Clear air turbulence
  • Thunderstorms
  • Microbursts
  • Mountain waves
  • Wind
  • Tri cell theory
  • Thermal equator
  • Intertropical convergence zone
  • Local winds
  • Tropical revolving storms
  • Air masses
  • Pressure systems
  • Frontal systems
   Aviation Weather Services  
  • Forecasts and reports
  • ATIS
  • Weather radar
  • Volcanic ash
   Airport Operations
  • Aerodrome categories
  • Taxiway markings
  • Airport signs
  • Runway markings
  • Approach lighting
  • Runway lighting
  • Taxiway lighting
  • Approach slope guidance
  • Radio equipment
  • Radar
  • Direction finding
  • Low visibility operations
  • Minimum altitudes
  • Departures and arrivals
  • Flight levels
  • Turning
  • Navigation requirements
  • Collision avoidance
  • Lighting
  • Radio
  • Search and rescue
  • Wake turbulence
  • Air traffic management
  • Fuel planning
  • Crosswinds
  • Direction
  • Maps
  • Time
  • Point of no return 
  • Critical point
  • Navigation and auto flight systems
  • Hyperbolic navigation
  • Satellite navigation
  • Doppler navigation
  • Inertial navigation
  • Polar routes
  • High latitude flying
  • Fly by wire
  • Air data computer
  • Flight management systems
  • Auto flight systems
  • Alert and warning systems
  • General navigation
   Aeromedical Factors
  • Optical illusions
  • Physical effects
  • Aviation medical examinations
   Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Human factors
  • Information processing
  • Crew resource management



In order to be awarded the Certificate, candidates much achieve at least 70% in the assessment.

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.

Philip -  Subject Matter Expert / Airline Pilot

Philip is a Second Officer flying Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for a Hong Kong based airline.  Philip is a recent graduate of FTA winning the academic award with scores of 99%.  

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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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