Compliance by the pilot with instructions from the air traffic controller is possible only if the messages are fully understood and vice versa. In order to secure a global standard, the international civil aviation organization defined new requirements concerning the level of English language proficiency needed among aviation professionals. As of 2008 all aviation professionals will have been assessed concerning their proficiency in listening and speaking in the context of aviation.
This article focuses on English language assessment of pilots and air traffic controllers in the continent of Africa.
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