Practice your listening comprehension skills with these ATC Communications.
New York Clearance KJFK
New York Ground KLGA
Boston Departure KBOS
Chicago Tower KMDW
The Visual Volume of Aircraft Flying the Skies around the World on Any Given Day
Chicago O' Hear Tower KORD
At any given moment, roughly 5,000 planes are in the skies above the United States. In one year, controllers handle an average of 64 million takeoffs and landings."
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"On any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States. Only one-third are commercial carriers, like American, United or Southwest. On an average day, air traffic controllers handle 28,537 commercial flights (major and regional airlines), 27,178 general aviation flights (private planes), 24,548 air taxi flights (planes for hire), 5,260 military flights and 2,148 air cargo flights (Federal Express, UPS, etc.).
The consensus among those who teach English as a second language is that English should be taught by Native Speakers of the English language. Our licensed FAA Instructor Pilots who have written, approved FAA training programs, are from the United States and have been trained to teach English, bring their skill sets to the classroom environment, along with our network of certified English as Second Langue (ESL) Instructors. You can only learn Aviation English by practicing with realistic dialogues between Pilots, Maintenance and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC), and real world conversations. We only teach Aviation English and Conversational English with the goal of teaching you, Aviation English, Understanding it, giving you the Vocabulary, Clarity, Pronunciation, Sentence Structures, and the Confidence to navigate using English as a second language without the weight of all the grammar rules.
Our curriculum has been designed to meet and exceed ICAO criteria at “Operational Level 4 - 5 and 6”. We teach our students with the following ICAO objectives in mind: See Appendix 1: Holistic Descriptors, Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirement Second Edition 2010, page 4-5 a. b. c. d. e and ICAO Circular 318-AN/180 Language Testing Criteria for Global Harmonization.
Aviation English Classes also provides an Aviation book store with quality eBooks and videos, an extensive growing library with free downloads, a Glossary with audio for pronunciation, our own course material with text, audio and video, one on one trainings, webinars and much more.
A New Concept in teaching Aviation English, Pilots teaching Pilots, ATC and Crew at a reasonable price.
Our goal in teaching Aviation English is to provide the framework for quality instruction of Pronunciation, Structure, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension, and Interaction without the weight of all the grammar rules, with the ability to understand and to effectively communicate within the ICAO Criteria for Global Harmonization.
Aviation English Classes has developed a Shadowing technique that is very effective in learning and speaking English. Shadowing is an advanced learning technique where you listen to a text in your target language, and then speak it aloud at the same time as the native speaker.
Listen to the Case Studies, conversations below to assess what comprehension and verbal skills are needed and what tools will help you to effectively communicate. The Pilots stories below are of pilots who are and were very skilled in their craft, however communications was the issue and this is what we will address in our training.(Below click on and “play” to hear some real world aviation communications, that we all can learn from)
The Pilot of Japan 7 Heavy in this example did a good job in navigating his second language, English and ATC showed the respect and courtesy that is expected by all professionals.Click here to read the complete transcript and see the Airport Diagram (BOS)
Click here to listen to the communication and read the text of Avianca 052 Co-Pilot and ATC, and the text of the cockpit crew. prior to a fatal accident in Hillside in Cove Neck, N.Y., that never should have happened.
In this example, this is a very capable pilot, but also shows the real need in aviation, for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers to take control Over their communications when speaking. Speaking slower, giving clarity and pronunciation to your words will give you a much better result. Because others may talk rapidly within ATC does not mean you need to do the same. The question here is, did the pilot fully understand the instructions given to him by ATC? If he did not understand the instructions given to him, what dangers could he have posed to the safety of his crew and to others? These are very important issues that we will address in our teaching of Aviation English.
Another example of understanding words used in aviation, China Northern Airlines Flight 6901 (CJ6901) was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 airliner flying from Beijing's Capital International Airport to Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport in Xinjiang, China. On November 13, 1993, it crashed on approach to Ürümqi Airport. Twelve of the 102 passengers and crew on board were killed. The accident has been attributed to pilot error.
While on final approach, the autopilot automatically disconnected. The Captain proceeded to reengage it, believing that it would still be in APP mode. When activated however, the autopilot went into VERT SPD mode with a setting of -800 feet per minute.
The crew's failure to disconnect the autopilot and manually land the airplane contributed to the accident. Another factor was the crew's lack of proficiency in English. When the GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning System) issued an audio alarm, the captain asked his first officer what the words "Pull up" meant. The first officer replied that he did not know. Consequently, the pilots ignored the warnings and failed to correct their excessive rate of descent, causing the plane to strike power lines and a wall before coming down in a field.
ICAO has proclaimed the need for a common language in 1951.
See examples of Accidents and Incidents, due to the lack of understanding English.
We are not just another Aviation English language school, our focus is to not only prepare
students to pass the ICAO exam, but to fully prepare the student for day to day real world
situations on the ground and up in the air.
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