FAA extends English proficiency deadline

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extended the deadline to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Language proficiency requirement to March 5 2009.

ICAO requires, effective March 5 2008 that all pilots, flight engineers and navigators who operate internationally, as well as air traffic controllers prove their proficiency in a language used for international aviation. A statement of the language proficiency must be endorsed on the airmen’s license. The language could be English or any other language used in the specific region of the world by air traffic control.

Since the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language is already required for obtaining an airmen certificate in the United States, no further testing is necessary for the addition of this statement to an FAA-issued certificate.

The FAA extension to comply with ICAO’s rule comes because of the large number of certificates that will need to be reissued. New certificates with the English proficiency endorsement can be ordered from the FAA as replacement certificates online for $2.

For more information visit the FAA’s and ICAO’s websites.