Aviation English Training 

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Before leaving the UK, we had about 4 weeks of lessons with BVC. All of us found this excellent, and it gave us the basics in the language that have helped us since we arrived.

Paul, P&G UK (learned Spanish)

March 2008

In order to improve Air Transport Safety, new ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) language proficiency provisions were adopted to reduce the number of incidents and accidents caused by poor language communication used in air traffic control communications. Effective March 2008, Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers involved in international operations must undergo formal evaluation to ensure Operational Level 4 proficiency, as required by ICAO.

As a language-training provider, Berlitz Language Centers have partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to provide airline companies and civil aviation organizations (i.e., air traffic controllers) English language training services in order to meet the ICAO English language proficiency standards. For over 60 years, IATA, which represents some 270 airlines, has ensured the aviation industry operates safely and securely under clearly defined rules and standards.

In our partnership, we can offer the aviation community first-rate, affordable training that will help the industry improve safety and reduce accidents and incidents caused by poor English language communication skills. We do not conduct courses in aviation, nor any pilot training or certification. Rather, we work with students who are already working as pilots or air traffic controllers (ATCOs) to help them improve their oral proficiency in English.

We offer two solutions: Aviation English Assessment and Aviation English Training (if required, for those Pilots and ATCOs who are assessed at an ICAO level of less than 4).