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Casper87
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2008, 02:11:54 PM »

English IS now a requirement for ATCOs and Proffesional pilots.

As of March 2008 I believe. Apparently you have to reach a Level 4 ( out of 6 ) standard to get yourself an English proficieny ticket.  grin
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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2008, 10:15:16 AM »

Remember the incident where a plane was essentially lost while taxiing at an airport in very low visibility? In the mean time, the controller cleared an aircraft for takeoff. The aircraft rejected the t/o clearance because he sensed that the other aircraft may have been a hazard.  Just as well, because the other aircraft was either on or right next to the runway (I don't quite recall, but it's a well published incident regarding runway incursions).

Had the controller been speaking in another language to either aircraft, the outcome could've been completely different.

A huge part of flying safely is keeping a high level of situational awareness.  Bi-lingual communication really hampers a pilot's ability to build a picture of what is going on. I'm a relatively low-time pilot (260 hours or so), and the idea of flying in airspace where I can't understand what a controller is saying to other planes is discomforting.
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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2008, 04:26:49 PM »

Absolutely correct sir! Coudnt have said it better myself.

What youve said about the incident but with different languages involved has actually happened before resulting in a collision. Not suprisingly it happened in Paris CDG
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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2008, 02:33:01 PM »

Ultimately though that incident would not have happened if the ATC in the tower had done its job properly... as an ATC trainee, I maintain that bilingual use in airspace does not ruin anything or make anything less safe (otherwise it would not be allowed...). It only places the ONUS on the controller to insure that pilots have the situational awareness that they need to do their job properly... while letting others fly in the language that they understand best... I would much rather speak to an inexperienced pilot in his more comfortable language to ensure that he will comply with the instruction given than to risk the misunderstanding that sometimes insues when speaking english to someone who's second language it is...
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