Aviation communication - VFR English

Many pilots confuse aviation communication exam with ICAO English exam. In Aero Language we can tell the difference and we'll gladly provide you both the IFR English training and the IFR English exam.

Aviation communication and aviation phraseology is regulated by international ICAO regulations - specifically ICAO Annex 10 - which clearly specifies radiotelephony procedures and phraseology in aviation including the aviation communication.

European regulations requires all pilots to undergo the aviation communication exam. Flight crew licenses issued in accordance with EASA standards must have an endorsement of the language proficiency - aviation communication.

European Commission Regulation No 1178/2011 and its Part FCL requires a separate aviation communication exam in three different points in addition to ICAO English exam.

FCL.055 general provision implements requirements for language proficiency of pilots in compliance with ICAO regulations implemented within the EASA member countries. It is not primarily a way of communication but a general language proficiency, which means the exam can be in English language as well as pilot's native tongue, or any other language recognized by the National aviation authority.

The Regulation No 1178/2011, however, requires specific aviation communication exam in order to comply with IFR operations or VFR operations.

Aviation communication exam is structured depending on the type of rating privileges (VFR, or IFR).

As a part of the Aviation communication exam, the examiner focuses mainly on applicant's ability to respond to the following situations:

  • listening and comprehension of ATIS, flight planning
  • initial contact with ATC and flight permit
  • taxi clearance
  • emergency procedures during taxiing
  • takeoff clearance
  • departure procedures
  • emergency procedures
  • alternate airport diversion
  • holding patterns entry procedures
  • maintaining holding patterns
  • approach procedures
  • landing clearance and taxiing clear of runway
  • apron taxiing
  • preventing unauthorized runway intrusions
  • engine switch off

Aero Language provides aviation communication exam in English language for IFR pilots, so-called IFR English.  The aviation communication exam is led by qualified examiners. The aviation communication examiners are usually professional pilots and instructors with long-year experience in commercial aviation or flight schools.

Aviation communication exam - VFR

Commission Regulation No 1178/2011 and its FCL Part - AMC1 FCL.210.A PPL(A) (b)(2) requires pilots to undergo the aviation communication exam during their training.

The aviation communication exam  entitles pilots to use on-board communication stations and use communication during VFR flights.

A successful aviation communication exam is one of the prerequisites for being pilot in command - for example, during solo flights. The aviation communication exam must be taken before the first solo flight of pilot in training (for example during LAPL, PPL, or SPL flight training) at the latest.

It is necessary to emphasize that the aviation communication exam is not identical to the aviation English exam (ICAO English).

Aero Language provides aviation communication exam only face-to-face in person.

Radio operator license

Radio operator license is a national requirement of some specific countries such as Slovak republic, Austria, Czech republic and others for pilots to operate on-board communication radio stations.

Radio operator license is regulated by a national regulation of the specific state. This is not an EASA requirement. 

However, to transmit messages as a pilot, a member of aircrew and a holder of EASA license, you also need aviation communication exam compliant to IFR or VFR aviation communication standards.

Aero Language is not authorized to provideRadio operator license exams. This testing is performed solely at the Regulatory Authority of the specific member country.

In many EASA member countries, the separate radiotelephony requirement simply doesn't exist or is replaced by FCL.055 aviation communication exam performed in accordance of IFR English or VFR English exams.