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…
“There are some 100,000 commercial flights each day in the world which means that literally millions of interactions take place between pilots and air traffic controllers. These very often take place in English – a foreign language for the vast majority. So how do these foreign-language discussions take place and how efficient are they? More…
This independent report (CAP 1375) commissioned by the UK CAA investigates pilot – air traffic controller communication issues as evidenced by Mandatory Occurrence Reports (MORs), and proposes best practices to reduce miscommunication affected by substandard International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) language proficiency.
The FAA has invited comment on two draft Advisory Circulars (AC) affecting the Aviation English Language Standards (AELS) that apply to personnel holding or training for an FAA certificate.
Communication failures have been blamed for more than a thousand deaths in plane crashes, warns an Australian academic who has reviewed the language pilots and air traffic controllers use.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s effort to implement text communications between pilots and controllers in U.S. domestic airspace is two years ahead of schedule, the agency says.
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Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has submitted a Working Paper about the Language Proficiency Requirements for discussion at ICAO’s 39th Triennial Assembly in Montreal, 27 September to 7 October, 2016.
ICAO has published its annual Safety and Training Reports for 2016, that indicate a decline in accidents and accident rates, and highlight not only the need to develop training capacities, but also the need to transfer knowledge and best-procedures into operations.
EASA has published Commission Regulation (EU) No 2015/340 ATCO.B.045 that contains new requirements concerning language training to maintain proficiency levels and avoid skills erosion between testing cycles.