Working exclusively with aviation specialists Helimetrics Ltd, we provide expert host teachers with a background in the aviation industry. They are carefully selected for their skills and for their ability to deliver this type of training.
The programme normally combines systematic and rigorous training to develop the student’s competence and confidence in using English together with the specialist aviation component.
The specialist component of the course normally runs in parallel with the conventional training. This feature is obviously determined by individual student’s requirements but does ensure that fluency in the basic language underpins the student’s knowledge in the aviation field. This approach provides the necessary fluency in English to meet the needs of air traffic communication, the ICAO level 4 standard and the possibility that students may reach higher standards and thus reduce or eliminate the need for further ICAO language assessment.
Several years ago, EJO designed and taught a 6-week module of specialised English language for qualified helicopter pilots based at the French Army aviation bases at Dax and Le Luc. Since then, the programme has been adapted, and flight instructors who attended this course have gone on not only to operate using the English language but also to act as helicopter pilot instructors using English to teach basic and advanced flying courses.
We can provide independent professional testing for students who require certification. It should be noted that the Aviation Authorities in the student’s home country may wish to validate overseas qualifications since the responsibility for aircrew licensing rests with that organisation.
Case study of ELAAT Pilot training officer who attended a 6-week 1 to 1 EJO Aviation English course
Our student arrived with a very basic level of English and with comprehension skills below that which would meet with ICAO level 4 requirements. In the first two weeks of his course, our trainers concentrated on improving his familiarity with vocabulary specific to helicopters and in a wider context as part of radio transmissions and communication from the cockpit. Evenings and free time were spent in as wide a range of social situations as possible to improve his general communications skills. Visits to two helicopter bases, one military and one civil, were incorporated into the programme and by week four of the course, the instructor pilot was introduced to desktop scenarios and placed into the role of instructor giving commands in English. Living with his host teacher allowed formal and informal aspects of English to be consolidated and practised outside normal class times.
After 6 weeks the helicopter instructor pilot returned to his air base and in his post-course report noted the following:
“On Thursday I did what two months ago I considered as just a dream, something impossible. I flew with a Belgian instructor and two of my French military English teachers as passengers. I performed a reconnaissance circle with a constant radius around it. During this flight I had to describe the different axes I had to use to perform safe approaches. The two teachers sitting behind me were definitively surprised. They told me my English was so fluent and that my explanations were really effective. I felt so proud of myself. Your work has been more than useful for me and I now realise it, without any doubt.”
The objective of any course will depend on the individual student’s requirements. For some, reaching a standard equating to just ICAO level 4 is crucial for maintaining their pilot’s licence in their home country. For others, the goal may be higher, potentially removing the need for any further language assessment following testing in their home country. Aviation training worldwide is often carried out in English and the course developed by EJO and Helimetrics Ltd has been shown to lift student language capability to the high standards needed not only to meet ICAO levels 4 and 5 but also to teach flying in English successfully.
The course objectives will vary for each student but can include all or some of the following, depending on the student’s initial level and the time available:
The goals to be achieved from 2008 onwards will use the following building blocks:
The following tools and services are used together during this course to develop student language skills and proficiency in aviation English:
By the end of the course, the student will be able to confidently undertake the following in English:
The daily routine and timetable is obviously discussed between you and your host and depends on your needs and the specific language areas you wish to focus on. As an example, a typical weekday on a twenty-hour-per week course might be the following: