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  • Aviation English: 5 Great Resources and Tips

    As we get closer and closer to the March deadline for pilots, air traffic controllers and other aviation workers to achieve a 4 on the ICAO aviation English exam, there are sure to be more and more people looking for ways of improving their English for the test. Here are 5 great resources to help you prepare.

    1. Take Aviation English classes with LOI English! Ok, so this is shameless self promotion, but we do believe that one-on-one aviation English courses with native English speakers is one of the fastest and best ways to improve. If you’re not sure, register for a free trial class!
    2. YouTube There are plenty of great videos on YouTube that use real, live recordings between pilots and air traffic controllers. One of the great places for this is Aldo Benitez’ YouTube Channel, which offers a lot of great recordings of air traffic control/pilot incidents, many of which are really funny (see attached video below).
    3. Aviation Blogs and Sites There are many aviation blogs out there that offer informative and entertaining reading, that will help you improve your aviation English vocabulary. One of our favorites is Wayne Farley’s Aviation Blog. You’ll find a great list of aviation English definitions there. You should also check out liveatc.net for recordings of air traffic control radio.
    4. Podcasts Ever listen to podcasts? They’re like radio programs you can listen to on your mp3 player, when ever and where ever you want. There are several great ones out there about aviation, that are in English, including Airplane Geeks, and The Finer Points.
    5. Live in English Between now and March, try to surround yourself with as much English as possible. Change the settings on your computer, your phone, your email account and your Facebook account to English. Read only in English, watch television and movies in English, and look for any other aspect of your life where you can use English more.

    Ok, that’s it for now, but come back for more Aviation English ideas. In the meantime, entertain yourself with this YouTube video below from an air traffic control frequency. This is the audio of the young boy who was allowed to direct traffic at JFK airport in New York in February of 2010.