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ICAO Aviation English for Commercial Pilots
Achieve ICAO level 4 or above in this 30-200 hour course.
Improve your listening comprehension
Comprehension of ATCOs in Asia towers.
Improve your pronunciation
Unique exercises to develop rapid improvement in intelligibility.
Improve your vocabulary
Learn relevant core technical and aviation-related vocabulary.
Prepare for an ICAO Language Proficiency Assessment
Develop genuine language proficiency to surpass the standards of ICAO document 9835.

This week's classes for Commercial Pilots in Hong Kong

This week's Supplementary Classes in Hong Kong

ICAO Aviation English for Commercial Pilots

Professional training for ICAO Level 4+ 

Aviation English Asia Ltd has been providing highly focused classes for airline pilots since 2009.  Our courses are designed based on the real-life language needs of pilots working within the region. Therefore this course was custom-developed by Aviation English Asia Ltd's to build genuine language proficiency.  

Features and benefits

ICAO Aviation English for Commercial Pilots builds effective communication strategies for flight operations, which ultimately gives pilots the language skills needed to perform well in an ICAO English test.  Training with Aviation English Asia Ltd will give you:

  • Appropriate professional training that facilitates practice of standard phraseology in routine situations
  • Unique emphasis on practice of communicative functions so pilots can effectively manage both routine and non-routine situations 
  • Develop skills in each of the six ICAO language criteria - vocabulary, pronunciation, structure, comprehension, fluency, interactions
  • Interesting topics directly related to flight safety
  • Flexible schedule to meet your needs that can also be delivered onsite
  • Hundreds of hours of graded listening practice material which can be used for self-study
  • Course designed by highly qualified language experts in collaboration with aviation Subject Matter Experts
  • Course conforms to the AEROSTA Framework developed by the Aviation English Organisation
  • Ongoing progress reports based on the AEROSTA Enhanced Proficiency Standards 
  • Soft skills and relevant General English pilots need for everyday life
  • Private, group and online classes available
  • Intensive course and accommodation available for overseas students
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of ICAO test types

Course description

ICAO Aviation English for Commercial Pilots course is skills based with activities and drills designed to ultimately help pilots achieve ICAO level 5+. The course conforms to recommendations of ICAO document 9835 and ICAO circular 323, and the AEROSTA Framework developed by the Aviation English Organisation.  ICAO Aviation English for Commercial Pilots focuses on proficiencies required for both safe RT and crew-member to crew-member communication.  As pilots attend each unit of the course our teachers will assess their proficiency across all six ICAO criteria - Pronunciation, Structure, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension, Interaction.  

ICAO Aviation English for Commercial Pilots

Course content

Each unit focuses on routine procedures at one of their destination airports, or non-routine situation of relevance to commercial pilots, eg bird strike, engine failure, equipment failure, fuel planning, volcanic ash, crew time limitation.  Each unit includes pair and group work activities to increase pilots' ability to communicate effectively and safely in aviation.  

Authentic classroom activities

The range of activities is very wide but includes:

  • Picture description
  • Pronunciation practice
  • Grammar drills and practice of relevant structures
  • Listening comprehension of plain English in an aviation context, eg weather briefing, news report, personal experiences, interview, group discussion.
  • Listening comprehension of pilot/controller dialogues in routine and non-routine situations.
  • Role play of pilot-controller / pilot-crewmember communications using both ICAO standard phraseology and plain English
  • Group discussion and debate on contentious topics affecting flight safety

All learners receive feedback and tailored advice on their language proficiency in each unit.

Topics include

  • Briefings
  • Turnaround
  • Departure
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Wildlife
  • Landings
  • Runway incursions
  • En-route incidents
  • Weather
  • Engine failure
  • Forced landings
  • Level busts
  • Dangerous goods
  • Security
  • Geographical features
  • Environmental hazards
  • Restricted airspace
  • Airport infrastructure
  • Collisions during taxiing

Themes include

  • Crew Resource Management
  • Problematic phraseology
  • Message length, order and complexity
  • Aviation safety standards
  • Technology
  • Career development
  • Airbus / Boeing methodology
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Cockpit gradient
  • Company culture
  • Native speakers
  • Language awareness and accommodation
  • and many more..

Language functions include 

  • Clarifying and requesting information
  • Correcting errors and misunderstandings
  • Describing faults and damage
  • Complex descriptive phrases
  • Describing hypothetical situations
  • Handling a change of plan
  • Reporting events
  • Briefing crew members

Language skills include

  • Accent familiarisation and neutrality
  • Phrasal verbs as used in an aviation context
  • Identifying slang and idiomatic expressions
  • Speech rate, contractions and connected speech
  • Phonological awareness

Course suitability

The course is effective in preparing candidates for all types of ICAO English test including:

  • CX/KA
  • Eurocontrol ELPAC
  • Versant VAET
  • TEA
  • ANAC
  • Latitude CLEAR
  • MAS

Course prerequisites

  • Typical students are pilots with Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Express, Hong Kong Airlines
  • Any member of Hong Kong-based full-time airline or airport staff may apply for this course and will most likely be eligible for MATF reimbursement.
  • It is not necessary to hold a commercial pilot licence to enrol on this course, but the content is designed for people intending to pursue a career as a commercial pilot.
  • If you are applying for a Cadet Pilot Programme and not current airline/airport staff then we recommend enrolling in the ICAO Aviation English for Cadet Entry Pilots course, which has a more regular schedule.

Enrolment and reimbursement procedure

In order to enrol on this course candidates must first attend a consultation. After attending a consultation you will receive expert guidance on your current level and difficulties and a recommendation for the duratiion of course you should enrol in, eg 30, 50, 60 or 100 hours.  

After completing the recommended number of training hours you will be well prepared for the ICAO test. We will then issue a certificate for you to claim reimbursement of course fees from MATF.

Please call us on +852 8179 9295 for further details.


Are there any online classes available?

Are there any online classes available?

During the pandemic learners who are not able to attend a classroom-based class can choose to attend an online tutorial instead.

Flexible schedule

Book as many classes as you need

Online class

Classes can be delivered using web conferencing software such as Skype or Zoom.

Credit Cards accepted

Payment can be made using credit card (additional charge may apply)

Paypal accepted

Payment can be made using Paypal (additional charge may apply)
Although we recommend longer courses for most candidates, it's also possible to attend a 10 hour course for $4600 HD. If you later find you need a longer course just pay the difference ($5000 HKD) to upgrade to a 30 hour course.

MATF Reimbursable

This course is pre-approved by the HKSAR Government's Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF) as reimbursable. If you are an airline or airport employee you may be eligible to reimburse course fees up to $18,000 HKD.
  • 30 Units
  • 30 Hours
  • $9600 HKD
  • 30 hour course suitable for airline pilots. Classes scheduled Monday to Friday 0900-2100.
  • MATF Reimbursable
  • Claim back $7680 HKD
  • Pay $1920 HKD yourself
  • 50 Units
  • 50 Hours
  • $15,000 HKD
  • 50 hour course suitable for airline pilots. Classes scheduled Monday to Friday 0900-2100.
  • MATF Reimbursable
  • Claim back $12,000 HKD
  • Pay $3000 HKD yourself
  • 100 Units
  • 100 Hours
  • $28,000 HKD
  • 100 hour course suitable for airline pilots. Classes scheduled Monday to Friday 0900-2100.
  • MATF Reimbursable
  • Claim back 18,000 HKD
  • Pay $10,000 HKD yourself

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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