May 7, 2018

Changes to Language Proficiency Requirements


COPA obtained an advanced copy of a new Transport Canada advisory circular concerning language proficiency requirements. The AC, effective April 20, requires that persons responsible for flight training operations require students to achieve an “Operational” level of language proficiency prior to conducting radio communications – a critical component of a pilot’s ability to solo.

Additionally, at the Flight Test, candidates who are deemed to be below “Operational” will be assessed a “Failure” on the ground portion and not be allowed to continue the Flight Test and the issue will be reported back to the regulator.

Candidates who demonstrate an “Operational” level of proficiency but not an “Expert” level, will be allowed to conduct the Flight Test but will be required to undergo a “Formal Aviation Language Proficiency Demonstration” and have the issue reported back to Transport Canada.

Read the complete AC here: