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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

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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.

Radiotelephony 101 is an 10 hour foundation course to help candidates become familiar and proficient with radio communication.  This course contains a carefully sequenced selection of training materials, giving progressive, systematic practice in radiotelephony phraseology for pilots. The exercises are designed primarily to teach operational fluency in the routine phraseology for IFR flights. Unlike routine phraseology, the language of non-routine situations is not highly predictable. However, practice is also provided for a selection of non-routine situations.  

The course material follows the structure of Airspeak by Fiona Robertson (which may be purchased from our bookstore for self study), and freely downloadable training manuals CAP413, and ICAO Document 9444. 


Course syllabus

Unit 1 - preflight to line up

1.1 Preflight to line-up

1.2 Route clearances 

1.3 Start-up

  • Start-up (routine)
  • Start-up (non-routine)

1.4 Push-back

  • Push-back (routine)
  • Push-back (non-routine) 

1.5 Taxiing

  • Taxi (routine)
  • Taxi (routine exchanges)
  • Taxi (nun-routine)

1.6 Line-up

  • Line-up (routine)
  • Line-up (non-routine) 

Unit 2 - Take-off to top of climb

2.1 Distress and urgency messages 

  • Departure information
  • Departure information (routine)
  • Departure information (ATIS) 

2.2 Take-off

  • Take-off (routine)
  • Take-off (non-routine)
  • Initial climb (routine)
  • Initial climb (non-routine)

2.4 Climb

  • Climb (routine)
  • Climb (non-routine) 
  • End of climb (routine)
  • End of climb (non-routine)

Unit 3 - cruise to descent

3.1 Volmets

3.2 En route: position reports
  • En route: position reports (routine)
  • En route (non-routine)

3.3 En route: traffic information

  • En route: traffic information (routine)
  • En route (non-routine)

3.4 Descent

  • Descent (routine)
  • Descent (non-routine)

Unit 4 - Approach to parking

4.1 Arrival (ATIS)

4.2 Approach

  • Approach (routine)
  • Approach (non-routine)

4.3 Final approach and landing

  • Final approach and landing (routine)
  • Final approach and landing (non-routine)

4.4 After landing

  • After landing (routine)
  • After landing (non-routine)

Unit 5 - Radiotelephony practice

  • Role play from engine start-up to engine shut-down
  • Preparation for ICAO English test, check ride

Course information 


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

Brendan is a Senior Captain 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%.  

How to enrol

Call us on:  +852 8179 9295 or alternatively complete the contact request form to arrange a free consultation.


  • 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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