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 strong need to identify and target only specific competencies to meet plain language requirements.
Amendments to ICAO Annexes 1 and 10 concerning language proficiency requirements for civil aviation flight crew and air traffic controllers, adopted by the ICAO Council in March 2003, simultaneously establish a requirement for job-specific language training and provide indications on how to ensure such specificity. These indications have recently been expanded and explained by the publication in 2004 of a Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements.
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