Aviation and English: Catching Up
SME and ELE discussion panel
Friday 8 October 2021
Jacqueline Pulido (Pilot: Mexico), Thiago Silva (ATC: Brazil)
Norma Bravo (Argentina), Neil Bullock (UK/Switzerland), Cecilia Denis (Argentina), Henry Emery (UK), Michael Kay (Australia/Thailand), Ana Monteiro (Brazil), Malila Prado (Brazil/China), Jennifer Roberts (USA)
This webinar reflected on some of the key points and discussions that have arisen during the ICAEA Webinar Series since June 2020. It looked at how we can maintain best practice approaches in the testing and training of aviation English communication skills in the present environment, and, how to continue adapting as the industry continues its recovery.
Issues that were explored in this session included:
- the factors influencing the effectiveness of pilot-ATC communications,
- synchronous and asynchronous language learning and practice,
- the use of realworld examples in the development of testing materials, and,
- building aviation discourse corpora to support the writing of training materials.
The session also provided an opportunity for participants to ask questions to the panel.
PRESENTATION – COMING SOON
The effectiveness of pilot-ATC radio communication around the world
Pilot and ATCO discussion panel
Monday, 12 July 2021
Michael Kay & Neil Bullock (ICAEA), Inga Tephnadze (Georgia)
Rut Charaslertrangsi (Thailand), David Johnson (UK), Laure Pichon (France), Thiago Silva (Brazil)
Christopher Coconnier (Germany), Shosuke Koyama (Japan), Jacqueline Pulido (Mexico), Kinya Sugimoto (Japan)
In this webinar we discussed some results from ICAEA’s ongoing global survey on pilots’ and ATCOs’ perceptions of the effectiveness of radio communication around the world.
The survey seeks to answer these questions:
- How effective is radio communication in different regions of the world?
- Are there regions which would benefit from improving communication over the radio?
- What are the main factors that cause ineffective radio communication?
- How does ineffective radio communication affect operations?
Our panel of pilots and ATCOs shared their views and experiences in aeronautical communication, the survey findings and the implications for work practices and training.
Factors affecting real-world pilot and ATC communication -2-
Pilot, ATCO and Linguist discussion panel
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Michael Kay, Neil Bullock, Ana Lucia Monteiro (ICAEA)
Thiago Silva (Brazil), Yun Ping Chelsea Chen (Taiwan), Peter McCrostie (New Zealand)
Christopher Coconnier (UK), Jacqueline Pulido (Mexico), Krystzof Sysio (Poland)
Markus Bieswanger (Germany), Malila Prado (Brazil)
In this interview panel, we continued the theme of the January webinar, exploring the issues beyond language proficiency that influence communication outcomes in aeronautical communication. We analysed a recording of the communications that resulted from an aircraft experiencing problems, and asked our panel of experienced international pilots, controllers and linguists to consider the issues that affected the communication.
Factors affecting real-world pilot and ATC communication -1-
Pilot and ATCO discussion panel
Monday, 11 January 2021
Michael Kay, Neil Bullock, Ana Lucia Monteiro (ICAEA Board)
Aline Jones (Switzerland), Alicia Guana (Argentina), Sebastian Zeries (Romania)
Anja Beerans (The Netherlands), Lance Powell (UK), Gabriel Greggio (Brazil)
For our first webinar in 2021, we invited a panel of experienced international pilots and air traffic controllers to discuss how issues such as communication skills, operational knowledge and culture can influence the effectiveness of radiotelephony communications and ultimately, operational efficiency and safety.
During the webinar, we explored several examples of actual communications between pilots and controllers, and analysed how factors beyond language proficiency influenced their effectiveness and outcomes.