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.
The need for revision of Annex 1 Language Proficiency SARPS for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers
“The adoption of the Annex 1 Language Proficiency Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in 2003 represented a considerable progress towards safer radiotelephony communications. However, applied linguists, language testing scholars and experienced test developers and assessors have identified in the past thirteen years some serious deficiencies in the ICAO language proficiency policy, which may significantly impact safety. For this reason, experts have recommended that the policy should be reviewed.
This paper provides a brief discussion of the main weaknesses identified in the ICAO policy related to the language proficiency requirements for pilots and air traffic controllers (ATCs). It highlights the importance of having a clear definition of the abilities that should be assessed as well as the necessity of native speakers also being formally evaluated on their abilities to use the language effectively and to manage communication successfully.”
from the Executive Summary of ANAC’s Working Paper