To operate radio equipment in an aeroplane, airship, powered lift aircraft or helicopter a valid language proficiency endorsement in accordance with EASA FCL.055 for radio communication is required.
For first-language speakers with native or native-like proficiency as well as second- or foreign-language speakers with a high level of proficiency Andrews’ Aviation can evaluate language proficiency either during the RTF practical test for the FRTOL or through an informal assessment. Current advice from the UK CAA is that if a candidate is potentially considered to be a Level 6 speaker, this must be supported by evidence of an individual’s linguistic history to be retained by the examiner.
Records of supporting evidence to be retained by the examiner include relevant details of:
1. Place of birth and early residence;
2. The language(s) used during childhood in the family, in the community and in education;
3. Any long periods of residence (with proven participation) in communities where the language is used socially, professionally or in education;
4. Extended periods of language study or higher education diplomas.
Andrews’ Aviation reviews the supporting evidence face-to-face with the applicant and, if sufficient to support the application will submit the examiner report form, or the SRG 1199 in the case of a stand-alone language assessment, to the UK CAA.
If your language level does not meet a level 6 in accordance with EASA FCL.055 then the applicant will need to go to an expert assessor, such as a CAA approved language school.
Further details included samples of language can be found by searching the ICAO Rated Speech Samples Training Aid (RSSTA).