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English plays a vital role in international aviation. It's used by a wide range of workers including pilots, cabin crew, air traffic controllers, airport ground staff, dispatchers, engineers and mechanics.

Spoken English is important for many workers, but they may also need reading and writing skills. Engineers, for example, have to read technical documents and write emails or reports.


There are many components to aviation English. Below are links to some useful resources.



“The fact is that English is the international language of aviation.”

(Acting Deputy Director of ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau, 2008)


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