Airbus Aviation Global Market Forecast: 2013 – 2032

The latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF) – titled “Future Journeys” – covers the 2013-2032 timeframe, and highlights how emerging economic regions will further increase their importance in overall traffic growth during the coming 20 years. This report proves very interesting reading for anyone who has a vested interest in…

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ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements and Training Guidance for Thailand

The English language has been considered a contributory factor causing confusion or misunderstanding in aviation communication; therefore, affecting safety of aircraft and passengers in air travels. The International Civil Aviation Organization or ICAO now requires aviation personnel involved in international operations to meet the language proficiency requirements imposed by the…

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Reassessing the position of Aviation English: from a special language to English for Specific Purposes

“Aviation English” is not only confined to pilots and air traffic controllers (ATC), it also refers to English on general terms in aeronautical and/or aviation universities. It can be designed as integrated ESP (English for Specific Purposes) curricula for students in the fields of aeronautics and/or aviation. Learners of ESP…

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Application of ESP Theory into Aviation English Teaching in the Chinese Context

 “Aeronautical and/or Aviation English” is designed as ESP (English for Specific Purposes) curriculum for students in the fields of aeronautics and/or aviation. This is especially true in China. Various books have been published on the teaching of Aviation English. Learners of ESP are supposed to master specialty vocabulary concerned…

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Aviation English Training – A “program” versus “institute” approach

This paper briefly outlines possible directions for aviation English training, and presents a rationale for a move towards Aviation English Institutes, rather than simply single-sourced programs. Aviation English training is a very young field. Although some aviation English specialists have been working in the field for a couple of decades,…

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Boeing Annual Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents – 2013

Each year since 1959, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has published the latest edition of its “Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents Worldwide Operations” The latest one was published in 2013 and is based on accident data for 2012. The statistics presented in these Annual Summaries are based only on commercial…

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Specific Purpose Language Teaching and Aviation Language Competencies

Given the vast range of items and abilities that can be accounted for in general language proficiency, given also the safety critical nature of plain language requirements in aviation radiotelephony communications and, finally, given the high costs involved in training and testing large numbers of aviation professionals, there is a…

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African Aviation English language assessment system

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…

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The Impact of Computer Technology on Language Learning

Far from diminishing the human element in the learning process, the advent of computer technology as an integral part of language learning provides an opportunity to reflect upon and implement principles that enhance the learner’s status and expand the teacher’s role. Most teachers would probably agree on how: Respecting learners`…

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First Steps in Designing Air Traffic Control Communication Language Technology System

Extended title – First Steps in Designing Air Traffic Control Communication Language Technology System – Compiling Spoken Corpus of Radiotelephony Communication One of the most essential parts of air traffic control is communication. It helps air traffic controllers and pilots operate the plane and maintain safe and expeditious flight. A survey of…

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Social, safety and economic impacts of global language testing in aviation

Author:  Philip Shawcross BACKGROUND Language and communication in aviation A Chinese pilot flying from Beijing to Paris may cross ten national boundaries and speak to more than two dozen air traffic controllers, each with a different first-language background, speaking different regional varieties of English at varying levels of proficiency. According…

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ICAO’s English Language Proficiency Requirements

In 1997 ICAO recognized the importance of improving communication between pilots and air traffic controllers in order to avoid accidents. The Air Navigation Commission (ANC) reviewed the existing provisions for air-ground and ground-ground voice communication in the international civil aviation context. The ANC made changes to strengthen ICAO Annexes 1,…

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Proficiency in the English language used for radiotelephony communications

ICAO Standards article A37-10 Whereas to prevent accidents, ICAO introduced language provisions to ensure that air traffic personnel and pilots are proficient in conducting and comprehending radiotelephony communications in the English language, including requirements that the English language shall be available on request at all stations on the ground serving designated airports…

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