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English Proficiency: A Gateway to Global Aviation Safety

The world is becoming more connected every day, and the aviation industry is a prime example of this globalisation. Pilots often find themselves communicating with air traffic control and other pilots from different parts of the world. Therefore, English language proficiency (ELP) is crucial for ensuring safety and employability within the international aviation system.

The Importance of English Language Proficiency

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has established a task force to standardise the approach to the assessment of language proficiency by sharing and promoting best practices. This initiative also aims to promote the early use of English in the delivery of training for future airline pilots. The earlier a pilot starts using English every day, the better the safety standards will be, and the more employable they will be within the international aviation system EASA Pilot Training Paradigm.

Regulation (EU) 2020/359

According to EASA Part.FCL Regulation (EU) 2020/359, aeroplane, helicopter, powered-lift, and airship pilots required to use the radio telephone shall not exercise the privileges of their licences and ratings unless they have a language proficiency endorsement on their licence. This endorsement must be in either English or the language used for radio communications involved in the flight. The endorsement shall indicate the language, the proficiency level, and the validity date, and it shall be obtained in accordance with a procedure established by a competent authority. The minimum acceptable proficiency level is the operational level (Level 4) in accordance with Appendix 2 to this Annex EASA Document Library.


English language proficiency is a critical requirement for pilots, and its importance cannot be overstated. It is essential for ensuring safety, as communication is a key component of aviation operations. Pilots must be able to understand and respond to instructions accurately and quickly. Additionally, English language proficiency increases a pilot’s employability within the international aviation system, as English is the global language of aviation. Therefore, aspiring pilots should prioritise developing their English language skills as early as possible in their training journey.

Skypilot Academy introduces English language learning right from the start with the help of Padpilot e-books. Moreover, we have a dedicated English language tutor on staff who offers students training for their ELP test. The ELP test can be taken either in combination with the License Skill Test or separately. If you need more information about English language training, you can get in touch with Eric directly. He would be pleased to assist you.

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