English in Aviation
Air passenger transportation is expected to double between 2020 and 2040 (according to IATA), more so in areas where English is not the primary language. The necessity for intelligible communication in English becomes paramount. The safety of all crew and passengers, as well as the health of the entire passenger aviation industry, will increasingly rely on pilots and air traffic controllers to attain and maintain a level of English that ensures every pilot, crew member, and passenger is not subject to unnecessary danger as a result of unintelligible or incorrect comprehension of English language instructions and clearances exchanged between air traffic controllers and pilots.
The founder of Runup.ca is a commercial pilot, has a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Framingham State University and almost 10 years of English language instruction experience with 6 years at the university level in Asia. He has developed a small team of aviation English experts through his contacts in the aviation industry and his teaching experiences in Asia. The Runup.ca team is currently in the cirriculum planning phase of an affordable and accessible aviation English program for commercial pilots.
Over the next 12 months we will be working to build an aviation English resource for commercial pilots.
“ Communication is of paramount importance in aviation. If a communication is misunderstood, incorrect, or garbled, even the simplest message can lead to a lapse in safety. The goal of all communications is to provide unambiguous, correct,and current information and clearances to aircrews and controllers. ”
—National Aeronautics and Space Administration