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Aviation Communication

Between Theory and Practice

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Edited By Silvia Hansen-Schirra and Karin Maksymski

This book contains a collection of articles dealing with aviation communication from a practical as well as a theoretical perspective. Its publication arises as a result of the conference «Languages and cultures above the clouds – International English between standardization and everyday aviation communication», which took place on the 4th and 5th November 2010 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germersheim. The book substantiates and prospectively encourages an exchange between pilots, air traffic controllers, (language) trainers and researchers, i.e. an exchange between theory and practice. Not only does it contribute to the discussion of communication problems, but also to the development of efficient solutions concerning communication in Air Traffic Control.

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Markus Bieswanger: Applied Linguistics and Air Traffic Control: Focus on Language Awareness and Intercultural Communication

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14 There is a need for standardized requirements implemented in national regula- tion related to the applicants’ knowledge of English as a condition to enter the selection procedure for pilots and air traffic controllers. 3.3 Maintaining and Upgrading the Knowledge of the English Language Improvements in the training field, refresher courses and periodic checks could bring positive results and ensure an appropriate level of English language knowledge. Special attention should be paid to R/T phraseology but also to pro- ficiency in plain language, as phraseology alone cannot satisfy all communica- tion requirements. This should concern both those to whom English is a foreign language but also those to whom English is a mother tongue. Certainly the con- tent of the courses for these two different categories should be different. National regulations differ in various states with regard to maintaining and im- proving the knowledge of English. In some states refresher courses as well as continuous checks are required by national regulations while in others there are no more language checks or refresher courses after obtaining the initial license. In the current situation, more work and harmonization is needed. The author works as a manager of the EVAIR (EUROCONTROL Voluntary ATM Incident Reporting) function. References EVAIR (2011): “EVAIR Safety Bulletin No 6. Summer Periods April- September”, in http://www.ukfsc.co.uk/files/Safety%20Briefings%20_%20 Presentations/ATM%20%20EVAIR%20bulletin%2006%20Posted%20June %202011.pdf [2008-2010 Evolution]. http://www.eurocontrol.int/safety/public/standard_page/evair.html 15 Markus Bieswanger Applied Linguistics and Air Traffic Control: Focus on Language Awareness and Intercultural Communication 1 Introduction Over the past half century, the...

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