How to be a Good Airline Pilot and Succeed in the EASA/ICAO Language Proficiency Exam!

Updated: Nov 24


You are a student at the flight school and you are preparing for the language proficiency exam, or you got your ATPL license and joined a good airline, as First Officer, you will fly to incredibly busy airports in the right seat, or you have to get your Type certificate and you have not made any air traffic conversations in the right seat for the Airline flight. Or you don't know how to prepare well for the EASA / ICAO language proficiency exam and get Level 5 or 6. And even you fly as an Airline Captain but need help improving your language proficiency and getting a better career.

So what should you do? It is necessary to create a work plan by making use of long-term and reliable sources that will respond to all these demands. So, how and where would it be wise to do such a study? Instant conversations in the cockpit during the flight will not be enough to improve your language level. However, following a study with Aeronautical Standard Phraseology from a well-selected professional source on the ground, We can absolutely guarantee that you will get good results using these speech patterns in flight in the cockpit.

We can immediately recommend the Aeronautical Standard Phraseology database developed by CaptainPilot, who has done a good job on this subject. International standards of phraseology are laid down in ICAO Annex 10 Volume II Chapter 5, ICAO Doc 4444 Chapter 12 and in ICAO Doc 9432 - Manual of Radiotelephony documents were used in the creation of this database by CaptainPilot. You can reach the standard speech patterns requested by the aviation authorities by working on the AERONAUTICAL STANDARD PHRASEOLOGY database,

which can be accessed from the link https://www.captainpilot.com/phraseology and is completely free for now.

As it is known, two important subjects are measured in proficiency exams, Plain English and Standard Phraseology. During the flight, it is expected that the operation will be carried out using standard patterns in the usual situations. However, sometimes during the operation, it is necessary to continue the communication safely by using plain English in unexpected situations. In this case, the need for simple English skills to step in and reach the level to communicate safely without causing misunderstandings arises. So what should be done to develop this skill?

In these cases, development can be achieved by using training modules that can develop extraordinary and standard speaking skills.

CaptainPilot has prepared two training modules, which include these two phenomena, extraordinary speeches and standard speeches, and made available to our members. The AVIATION LISTENERS (https://www.captainpilot.com/aviation-listeners) training module,

which will enable our members to practice by working on-line, is now available to our members completely free of charge. These training modules are arranged as both audio and transcription of how speech patterns in all phases of flight are used as Pilots and Controllers. When desired, transcripts can be downloaded and used by our members.

RADIOTELEPHONY PHRASEOLOGY (https://www.captainpilot.com/radiotelepony) course contains a carefully sequenced selection of training materials, giving progressive, systematic practice in radiotelephony phraseology for pilots. The exercises are primarily designed to teach operational fluency in the ROUTINE phraseology for IFR flights. Unlike routine phraseology, the language of NON-ROUTINE situations is not highly predictable. However, practice is also provided for a selection of non-routine situations, plus additional vocabulary work.

This course is suitable for pilots or pilot trainees who wish to learn, or revise, the language used for radiotelephony communications. It is particularly suitable for people working at home or in a learning resources centre. All the exercises are self-correcting.


As CaptainPilot, we share a common goal of helping aviation enthusiasts improve the communication skills of pilots and controllers, thereby contributing to Aviation Safety. Communication error is the biggest causative factor in both Level Bust and Runway incursions. The aim is to increase flight safety by raising RTF standards. Therefore, as CaptainPilot, we have started to publish the Aeronautical Standard Phraseology Database package, which we believe will serve the entire aviation community. We add new material every week so keep visiting CaptainPilot.

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