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English to become compulsory for pilots

Pilots and air traffic controllers must now be able to speak English, new safety guidelines have stated. David Millward reports. Pilots and air traffic controllers will now have to speak English for the first time in aviation history, in a bid to improve safety standards.Despite being the language used throughout the industry for decades, until now no minimum standards have been set.The changes, introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) last week, will affect several hu ... Read more...
 

Polish pilots' poor English almost led to crash

Ben Webster, Transport Correspondent A Polish airliner came within seconds of colliding with another plane near Heathrow because its pilots had such poor English that they could not understand basic instructions from air traffic controllers. The Lot Boeing 737, carrying 95 passengers and crew, wandered the skies for almost half an hour as the pilots struggled to identify their position. A controller had to instruct another aircraft to change direction to avoid a collision. ... Read more...
 

Russian Pilots to speak English

MOSCOW, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Russia says its pilots and air traffic controllers at the country's international airports will conduct all communications in English beginning next May. The requirement could eventually be extended to domestic flights within Russia, The Moscow Times reported Thursday. Currently, radio communications at the country's international airports are conducted in both Russian and English, while domestic flights and smaller airports use only Russian. Dispatchers having to acc ... Read more...
 

Skymark Airlines to improve cabin crew's English skills.

Tokyo- Skymark Airlines submitted to the transport ministry Tuesday its plan to improve its cabin crew’s English skills after some were found to have avoided picking up the intercom after foreign pilots had called them, as they had problems communicating in English.    Distributing English textbooks and making under-skilled cabin attendants learn the language from English-speaking attendants are part of the measures the airline came up with after the Land, Infrastructure, Transport ... Read more...
 

Pilots wanted as Asia travel boom creates shortage.

HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd and Emirates Airline are awaiting deliveries of about 400 planes to capitalise on Asia's rising prosperity. Finding pilots is the next job. Boeing Co expects the region's carriers to be the biggest buyers of twin-aisle planes as travel grows in China and India, home to a combined 1.1 billion middle-class people. Asia-Pacific airlines will buy about 8,000 planes worth US$1.2 trillion (US$1 = RM3.11) over the next 20 years, Airbus SAS said ... Read more...
 

Deadline for passing aviation English test is looming for pilots and controllers.

Picture this: a pilot has been flying globally for years in command of a large airliner, and suddenly he is advised that if his licence is to remain valid for international operations he must pass an internationally approved test of spoken English communications skills. The same is true of experienced air traffic control officers (ATCO) in their own line of business. Since these skills must have served this aircraft commander or ATCO well since they got their jobs, it seems a sudden impositio ... Read more...
 
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