Aviation English

e-learning course (40 hours)

The Aviation English e-learning course has been designed with the most pressing English language needs of
the aviation industry in mind. The material is presented in an aviation context showcasing realistic situations,
and will help you develop the skills necessary to deal with the content commonly found in aviation training
courses, and documents, such as those produced by ICAO and other aviation-related organizations. You will
develop the language skills needed to handle real-life situations arising in everyday aviation operations and for
training purposes, and to understand aviation-specific documents.


Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Use standard aviation phraseology and plain language
  • Identify airport signage
  • Handle emergency situations
  • Prepare and plan ahead for a flight
  • Identify effects of weather
  • Read back instructions

Target audience

  • Pilots
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Aviation professionals

Flexible learning

This self-study e-learning course is a quick and flexible training method that allows you to learn using short, interactive modules.

Order online to receive access to this course on our e-learning platform.

Please use Chrome browser to access the course

Exam information

  • Non-supervised online-based exam. Exam can be taken any time at your convenience.
  • You will be given 30 minutes to complete each of the 4 exams.
  • Passing grade is 70% correct answers.
  • You will be given 2 attempts to successfully complete the first 3 exams, and 1 attempt for the final exam.

Key topics

  • Aviation language and communication
  • Ground operations
  • Airport layouts and runway incursions
  • Weather
  • Flight plans, ATIS and NOTAMs, and clearance delivery
  • Emergencies


  • Participants are recommended to have already attained ICAO Level 3 or equivalent proficiency

Course format

This course requires approximately 40 hours of study to be completed in 6 months from the purchase date (enrollment validity). After the enrollment validity expires, the users will not have access to the course content and will not be able to take the exam.

Student performance will be based on four examinations

Certificate Awarded

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be awarded an e-Certificate available for you to print for your records.

Table of Contents

Aviation language and communication:

  • Standard phraseology
  • Captain Kirkpatrick

Ground operations:

  • Before pushback
  • Taxiing
  • Taking off
  • Activities
  • Taxi instructions

Airport layouts and runway incursions:

  • Causes of runway incursions
  • Runway incursion avoidance
  • Captain Kirkpatrick


  • Weather effects on flight
  • Accident reports

Flight plans, ATIS and NOTAMs, clearance delivery

  • Preparing for flight
  • Getting the information you need
  • Clearances
  • Captain Kirkpatrick


Unusual Situations:

  • Plain English
  • Focus on language


  • What is an emergency
  • What to do
  • Is it an emergency?
  • In other words
  • Notable moments in aviation history

Plane words

  • Parts of an airplane
  • Movements
  • Forces
  • Parts, movements, and forces in action
  • Inside the plane

Navaids and other forms of communication:

  • Ways of communicating
  • The human factor

Bird’s eye view – Review and expansion

  • Ways of communicating
  • From gate to runway
  • Meteorological conditions
  • Controlling the plane
  • Landing

 Please contact us www.iata.org/cs if you have any questions


Aviation English Specialists

IATA Plane Language (LAL Upskill)

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