Between Theory and Practice
Edited By Silvia Hansen-Schirra and Karin Maksymski
Stefan Hinz/Dugald Sturges: ICAO in Military Air Traffic Control – First Experiences with a New Language Proficiency Examination
105 Stefan Hinz Dugald Sturges ICAO in Military Air Traffic Control – First Experiences with a New Language Proficiency Examination 1 Introduction This article deals with language proficiency examination for military air traffic control (ATC). Although the German Armed Forces are not required by law to adopt the standards and regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for their ATC, they do so in the interest of air safety and commissioned the German Federal Office of Languages (Bundessprachenamt, BSprA) with the development of testing procedures. In section 2, an overview of the development of the ICAO language require- ments and their application to testing military ATC is described. The description is followed by a short introduction to the examination procedure (section 3), be- fore giving some first results concerning the performance of the applicants in section 4. 2 The New ICAO Language Requirements 2.1 The History 1997 The ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) reviews the exist- ing provisions for air-ground and ground-ground voice communi- cation in international civil aviation.1 2003 The Council of ICAO adopts language Standards and Recom- mended Practices recommended by the Proficiency Requirements in Common English Study Group (PRICE SG) for pilots, control- lers, air traffic service providers and airlines.2 2008 These provisions become applicable.3 March 2011 Deadline for ICAO member states to ensure that aviation personnel achieve ICAO Level 4 (Operational) proficiency in English.4 1 ICAO Resolution A36/11 2 32nd Session of the Assembly, September 1998 3 Language Proficiency Implementation Plan Workshop, Dubai, UAE, 28 to...
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