Ask A Pilot have been approached by Gareth Williams a Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Aeronautical Linguistics.

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Aeronautical Linguistics.

Well that may sound heavy but listen. Gareth is doing a survey which could help us all in our industry.

The research is about communication.

From our experience flying all of the world there are varying standards and practices applied. Another thing – do you think a radio licence and language proficiency is the same standard all over the world? We definitely don’t think so 🙂 Gareth is able to provide feedback to ICAO but he needs your inputs.

This is it:

Gareth is looking for pilots and air traffic controllers to complete a survey on aeronautical communication. The data will inform his PhD research into the safety of aeronautical communication and allow him to make suggestions to ICAO on the current English language proficiency requirements. Your insight is incredibly valuable to him. It takes about 12 minutes of your time to complete the survey on English language proficiency in the aviation industry:   http://canterbury.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GshGlQ9SdHhuEl  

Questions will be on the following subjects:  

  • Language proficiency of pilots and air traffic controllers during routine and non-routine situations
  • The nature of low language proficiency when it is encountered on the radio
  • The impact of low language proficiency on the safety and efficiency of air travel
  • The reliability of Aviation English language testing
  • The effect of native English speakers on aeronautical communication

All responses are anonymous and by completing this survey you will be contributing directly to our understanding of communication in the aviation industry.

This research will help Gareth making recommendations to ICAO and to other key organisations in the industry.  

Thank you in advance, your time and effort is greatly appreciated!  

Happy Landings

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