ARTICLE: “Air disaster alert over pilots’ poor English”

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”.

 

by Graeme Paton, Transport Correspondent
The Times
3 April 2017

READ  the full article at The Times website

EDITORIAL:  “Not Cleared for Take‑Off”

“English is supposed to be the international language of aviation. In principle this should underpin the safety standards for which the aviation industry is famous. In practice, an alarming study for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has found that the standard of English spoken by non- English pilots from certain countries is inconsistent and in some cases terrible. Worse, these failings appear to be a result of ingrained corruption and corner-cutting rather than one-off incidents. This puts lives at risk, especially in countries like Britain where airports are already overstretched and air traffic to and from China and elsewhere in the Far East is growing fast.”

 

by Graeme Paton, Transport Correspondent
The Times
3 April 2017

READ  the full editorial at The Times website

CONNECT WITH ICAEA

  Join our LinkedIn Discussion Forum

  Follow us on Facebook

  Connect with us on Twitter

  Contact us by email