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NPA 2008-17(b), FCL.055 en language proficiency
Afdelings NieuwsPages:  7, 8 and 9

Comment number 1

Reference
page 7, FCL.055, Language proficiency, (a) General,

Comment
The European Gliding Union considers a general language proficiency endorsement inappropriate for two reasons: a)  language proficiency applies to a radio-telephony (R/T) licence, which is not mentioned, and b) an R/T licence is only required when radio communications with Air Traffic Services (ATS) are involved. For this reason glider pilots undergo R/T training and examination when they have the need to contact ATS, at an appropriate moment in their career as a glider pilot. Making R/T training a part of the LPL(S) or SPL will, because of its complexity, unduly delay the access to the LPL(S) or SPL. Furthermore cost plays an important role, obviously the more when a glider pilot, because of the airspace he flies in, has no need to contact ATS. 

Proposed text
“Pilots who contact Air Traffic Services shall possess a radio-telephony licence in the language(s) practised by the ground station(s) involved, in conformity with Annex 1 of ICAO. For pilots who fly VFR only this licence shall encompass radio procedures as used in VFR flight only.” 

Comment number 2

Reference
page 7, FCL.055, Language proficiency, (b)

Comment
The European Gliding Union supports the requirement of language proficiency tests as long as languages, other than the native languages are concerned. These language tests shall be in conformity with ICAO Annex 1. Language proficiency shall, however, be a part of the training for the R/T licence. A language test in other than native languages may be required at certain intervals after the R/T licence has been obtained, in conformity with ICAO Annex 1. 

Proposed text
The applicant for an R/T licence shall undergo language training as a part of his training for the licence. A language test in other than native languages may be required at certain intervals after the R/T licence has been obtained, in conformity with ICAO Annex 1. 

Comment number 3

Reference
page 8, FCL.055, Language proficiency, (c)

Comment
The European Gliding Union considers an interval of 6 years sufficient to maintain an acceptable level of language proficiency for holders of an ICAO type R/T licence for VFR flight only, at the same time saving time and cost. Moreover ICAO specifies that language proficiency checks are not required at all under certain circumstances. 

Proposed text.
In the case of R/T licences for VFR flight only a language proficiency check shall be undergone in principle at intervals of 6 years, as specified by ICAO.”

FCL.055 (d) and (e) are not applicable to VFR flight.


NL – Hengelo, 2008-10-03
Fransois van Haaff
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