ICAO English

Course Overview

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requires pilots to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in English to ensure clear and effective communication with air traffic controllers, ground crew, and other aviation professionals. By obtaining an ICAO English certificate, pilots can demonstrate their proficiency and enhance their marketability to potential employers.

There are six levels of ICAO English, with only the levels from 4 to 6 are sufficient to work as a professional pilot.

Level 4 – Operational. This is the minimum level required for commercial pilots. The pilot can communicate fluently and accurately in most situations, including technical and non-routine situations.

Level 5 – Extended. The pilot can communicate effectively and accurately in all situations, including highly technical and complex scenarios. 

Level 6 – Expert. At this level, the pilot has full command of the English language and can communicate effectively and accurately in any situation.

ICAO mandates that pilots and controllers with a Level 4 rating undergo a language skills reassessment every three years, while those with a Level 5 rating must be reassessed every six years. No further assessment is deemed necessary for those rated at Level 6

Pre-Entry Requirements

  • No limitations

Course Structure

  • Our comprehensive training program includes English language training, aviation English training, practice interviews, and test preparation, all tailored to your individual needs.
  • Training at Volantis Professional Flight School covers vocabulary building, grammar instruction, and practice exercises to help you improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills. It focuses on essential skills such as radiotelephony communication, technical terminology, and phraseology, helping you develop the language skills needed to communicate effectively in aviation contexts.
  • Our practice interviews simulate the oral interview component of the ICAO English exam, giving you an opportunity to practice your communication skills, receive feedback on your performance, and identify areas that need improvement. 
  • Duration: 1 day.

Exam Structure

  • An oral interview: Candidates are required to participate in a live conversation with an examiner, simulating real-life communication in aviation contexts. The interview focuses on the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in both routine and non-routine situations, understand and interpret aviation-related texts, and respond appropriately to unexpected circumstances.
  • A comprehension test: Candidates are given aviation-related texts, such as technical manuals, safety briefings, or air traffic control instructions, to read and comprehend. They are then tested on their ability to answer questions related to the texts, demonstrate their understanding of key information, and identify important details.
  • A pronunciation test: Candidates are evaluated on their ability to pronounce aviation-related words and phrases correctly and clearly. The test assesses their ability to use correct stress, rhythm, and intonation in English, which is essential for clear communication in aviation contexts.
  • The structure of the ICAO English exam varies depending on the proficiency level being tested, with higher levels requiring more complex and demanding tasks. The exam is designed to ensure that aviation professionals have the necessary language skills to communicate effectively and maintain safety in the aviation industry.
  • Duration: 1 day.

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Volantis Professional Flight School - ICAO English
Volantis Professional Flight School - ICAO English