Building on the ICAO LPRs – Communication as a Human Factor

New Perspectives on Aviation English Training and Testing

WHEN: 9th – 11th May, 2018
WHERE: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

During this conference we explored issues beyond the ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements (LPRs) including:

  • incorporating communication strategies into best practices for training and testing,
  • the effect of language and culture on communication as a human factor,
  • considerations for future policy developments in language and communication.

With more than 120 participants from 35+ countries attended, including representatives from airlines, FTOs, ANSPs, CAAs, universities, and training and testing providers, this was one of ICAEA’s one of most internationally-attended recent events.

Attendees at the ICAEA Conference 2018: ERAU Daytona Beach

Conference Proceedings

ICAEA’s 2018 Conference was hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its campus in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

The event comprised Plenary Presentations, Q&A Panels, interactive Panel Presentations, practical Workshops, more informal Poster Sessions.

SEE   Conference Programme (1.2 MB)

SEE   Conference Proceedings (2.5 MB)

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Links to view Presentations, Workshop Materials and Poster Presentations are available below.

DAY 1 – Wednesday 9th May

Key Note
The role of communication in human factors
Captain Dan Maurino, Safety Management Advisor, ICAO Technical Cooperation Bureau

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Presentation 1
Recognising the role of communication as a human factor: Perspectives from empirical research in applied linguistics
Eric Friginal, Georgia State University

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Presentation 2
Notes from the field: Making the case for enhanced English language standards for pilots worldwide
Tom Nichols, former airline pilot (Central Asia, USA and Africa)

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Presentation 3
A linguistic review of aviation accidents
Elizabeth Mathews, ERAU / ICAEA

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Panel Presentation A1
The single biggest problem in aviation communication is the illusion that it has taken place
Margo Marchbank, CAA Australia

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Panel Presentation A2
Language as a factor in aviation safety
Karmen Stumberger, CAA Republic of Slovenia

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Workshop A
Exploring intercultural factors in international pilot-air traffic controller communications
Ana Lúcia Tavares Monteiro, Carleton University / ANAC (Brazil)

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Workshop B
Developing cross-cultural communicative competence
Michael Kay, ICAEA

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SEE   Workshop (2.3 MB)

DAY 2 – Thursday 10th May

Presentation 4
Language awareness and intercultural competence as human factors in pilot-controller communication
Markus Bieswanger, Bayreuth University

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Workshop C
What should we teach native English speakers?
Dominique Estival, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University

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Workshop D
Inter-cultural issues in air-ground communication: A case study – triggers for miscommunication
Aline Pacheco, ERAU / PUCRS

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Workshop E
Communication considerations from the Argentinian ATCOs’ perspective: What are the priorities?
Norma Bravo, EANA SE / ICAEA

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Panel Presentation B2
Aviation English training in China: Current trends, challenges, and future directions
Xiaoning Guo, Georgia State University

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Presentation 5
The evolution of teaching and testing Aviation English for Brazilian air traffic controllers
Patricia Tosqui, Airspace Control Institute, Brazilian Air Force

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Workshop F
Intelligibility of American Aviation English standard phraseology
Julia Trippe, University of Oregon

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Workshop G
Identifying interaction variations that affect the effectiveness of communication
Jennifer Roberts, ERAU / ICAEA
Alejandro Perez, formerly Aeromexico, ULEADAIR

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Workshop H
Integrating contextual factors into teaching of English for aeronautical communications
Neil Bullock, ICAEA

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DAY 3 – Friday 11th May

Panel Presentation C1
A review and discussion: FAA English language standard for an FAA license
Rick Valdes, formerly United Airlines

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Panel Presentation C2
A two-pronged approach to ICAO English language proficiency assessment for licensing
Pieke Satijn, Eurocontrol

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Panel Presentation C3
English in the aviation maintenance industry: The impact on safety and the need for standards
Mike Walker, Boeing

Presentation 6
The ICAO LPRs – Where we are now
Catalin Popa, Technical Specialist, Air Navigation Service Bureau, ICAO Montreal

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ICAO LPR Test Design Guidelines
Introducing the refined test instrument guidelines project – initiated by ICAEA

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Modifying Authentic Content for the Aviation English Learner
Jena Lynch, Embry-Riddle Language Institute
Egyptian air-traffic controllers’ perceptions of urgency in hedged statements expressing emergency
Ahmed Mahmoud Ahmed & Ashleigh Cox, Georgia State University
Bringing Best Practices of Language Training Online: A Module for Teaching ATIS
Alan Orr, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide
The Aviation English Hub
Natália Guerreiro, The Aviation English Hub
Teaching Cross-Cultural Awareness and CRM in Aviation English Courses
Lauren Herzog, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Teaching If-Conditionals to Chinese Aviation Maintenance Students
Genggeng Zhang, Georgia State University
Using Corpus Data and the Rules of Technical Writing to Improve Readability of MRO Manuals
Rachelle Sabrina Udell, Georgia State University
Anna Borowska, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Applied Linguistics


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ICAEA is very grateful to all our sponsors who did much to ensure the success of this workshop. We especially thank Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University who generously hosted the event.