Since March 5 2008, every pilot or flight crew member coming into contact with international aviation communication including air traffic controllers must pass language proficiency exam in compliance with ICAO regulations, so-called ICAO English.
In addition, Commission Regulation No 1178/2011 Part FCL - FCL.055 requires the EASA license holders to attend language proficiency assessment on similar basis like ICAO English.
Since the ICAO came with the language proficiency standards first - back in 2008 and eventhough we are allways talking about both - ICAO and EASA English, majority of the people are calling the language proficiency simply as "ICAO English".
EASA or ICAO English?
All EASA licenses and its privileges (except LAPL, EIR and some other specific ratings) are issued in accordance with ICAO standards as well. Aero Language is language testing body (LTB) approved in accordance with both - international ICAO standards and pan-european EASA standards.
In fact by attending the language proficiency exam in Aero Language, you will receive language certificate issued in accordance with and indicating both standards - an ICAO English and EASA English as well.
ICAO English exam for Level 4 and Level 5 have limited validity as do other aviation qualifications.
ICAO / EASA English language assessment
In compliance with ICAO requirements the ICAO English exam is divided into a number of sections. The whole examination takes between 20-30 minutes.
- conversation (interview)
- aeronautical phraseology and communication
- aviation theme picture description (visual analysis)
- reading and translation of text with aviation focus
- listening and reproduction of recording (audio/video) with aviation content
Depending on the result of ICAO English exam, the language proficiency exam might need to be revalidated.
Aero Language provides ICAO English exam for all aviation specialists:
- members of flight crew
- air traffic controllers
- technicians, flight dispatchers, and non-flying staff
In content and structure, ICAO English exam is tailored to the applicant's specialization (pilot or ATC).
ICAO English certificate
ICAO English certificate is issued online by Aero Language and is valid internationally.
The ICAO English certificate is issued in accordance with a number of international requirements. The entry in your license will be given depending on the state of your license issue.
- ICAO international regulations
- EASA regulations for pilots
- Eurocontrol and EASA requirements for ATC