Israel’s civilian airline pilots are in danger of losing their international
flight licenses, due to their refusal to take an English test, The Jerusalem
Post has learned.
Israel’s pilots have until March 2011 to take the test,
which ranks English proficiency on a scale of 1 to 6. International Civilian
Aviation Organization is insisting that Israeli pilots take the test due to what
they say is a serious risk posed by communication problems.
Air Pilots Association has instructed its members not to take the test, due to a
disagreement over the level of English needed by pilots.
Federal Aviation Authority downgraded the safety rating of Israeli civil
aviation to category 2 in November 2008, due to what they said was poor
inspection and legislation and the fact that Israeli lacks the personnel needed
for these areas.
Israel also has an especially crowded airspace, full of
military and civilian aircraft, and only one international airport to absorb
traffic from overseas.