Article & Editorial on UK CAA CAP1375 (Times)

A poor standard of English among foreign pilots risks leading to miscommunication and disaster in the skies over Britain, according to an official report. Research commissioned by the aviation watchdog found evidence of cheating in vital English-language tests, with pilots granted certificates on the basis of corrupt “sweetheart deals”. It was claimed that in one country pilots were certified as English speakers after only ten days’ tuition. The report, delivered to the Civil Aviation Authority, said that there were pilots operating within British airspace “who appear to lack the minimum proficiency in English”.