Pilots face grounding over their English

December 16, 2010 02:54

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.The Israel Air Pilots Association has instructed its members not to take the test, due to a disagreement over the level of English needed by pilots.

America’s 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.

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