AIM Specialists

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A four week course of English language specifically geared towards AIM specialists.

Initially it focusses on developing general English skills, then progresses to aviation specific tuition.

ICAO Language Testing

Conducted by our qualified English professors, our ICAO language proficiency tests can be conducted either:

  • At our UK campus
  • At the customer’s preferred location
  • Using online video conferencing*

Candidates are tested using the ICAO rating scale, which contains the following six level descriptors:

  • Level 6: Expert
  • Level 5: Extended
  • Level 4: Operational
  • Levels 1 – 3: Non-operational.

*video conferencing subject to customer’s internet bandwidth.

ICAO Rater Training

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The ICAO Raters Course trains delegates to assess aviation personnel on the ICAO Language Proficiency Scale.

Training is given in the theoretical and linguistic basis of testing and this is implemented through practical exercises in the design and administration of tests.

The course is intended primarily for Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots or other Aviation experts who seek to qualify as ICAO Language Proficiency Raters.

Delegates are assessed on their competence to rate recorded and live candidates according to the ICAO Scale and on their ability to design and administer appropriate tests themselves.

Certificates of ICAO Language Proficiency Competence are issued to successful participants.

English for Specific Purposes

English for Specific Purposes is often divided into two categories. In both categories, courses are designed to meet the particular needs of the learners. At present the following courses are offered:

English for Academic Purposes:

The course is intended for those who will be studying in a UK University, College of Education or Training Institute.

Business English:

The course provides intensive practice in the English Language skills needed by those doing business in an English-speaking environment.

General English

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A wide range of General English courses are offered by the college.

Courses are based on a communicative approach to language learning and offer a balanced syllabus.

The 4 core skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing are taught, with special attention to grammar and vocabulary.

A variety of materials and methods are used to encourage student participation and interaction.

Examination courses are provided by the College.

Aviation English

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The ICAO rating scale contains the following six level descriptors:

  • Level 6: Expert
  • Level 5: Extended
  • Level 4: Operational
  • Levels 1 – 3: Non-operational.

Each level consists of the following language proficiency components:

  • Pronunciation
  • Structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Interactions.

Training focuses on the specific skills described in the ICAO level 4 language profile.

Airport Operations

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An airport operator should ensure that all operational personnel are trained and competent to operate in those safety-critical areas. There are many activities that are performed on the airside area of an airport and an understanding of these is essential for a safe and efficient conduct of aircraft and vehicle movements.

Every activity must be assessed for its safety implications, including the design and operation of the airside areas; the protection of the runway during aircraft movements; the correct procedures and phraseology to be used by drivers; and the investigation of any incidents. Wider airport operational issues to be considered are how to manage abnormal situations; and how to share the data available, adopt procedures and techniques to increase capacity.

Air Traffic Management

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The management of air traffic within an organisation encompasses many factors which involve skilled personnel and harmonised systems that allow aircraft to operate safely and efficiently within our airspace.

This management includes an appreciation of those aspects of aerodrome operations that affect the air traffic service provision; a development of the SMS through an open reporting and incident investigation system; the efficient use of all resources through teamwork; and an understanding of human reactions to critical incidents.

Safety Management

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Safety is the most important factor in any aviation operational discipline and it is essential that everyone involved has a clear understanding of how safety can be managed within their area of responsibility.

Safety assurance and awareness can be provided through regular training and awareness activities from the very basic introduction of a safety management framework; an understanding of human performance; the composition of safety assurance documentation; conducting risk assessments; through to the integration of a safety culture within an organisation.

On the Job Training Instructor

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Designed for qualified air traffic controllers, the course aims to cover all aspects of On the Job Training Instruction (OJTI). It teaches prospective OJTIs to prepare, train, monitor, and assess both trainees in an initial qualification programme, as well as qualified controllers fulfilling Unit competency requirements.

The course incorporates theoretical and practical (simulated) instruction.

Conducted by experienced OJT Instructors incorporating current ICAO training philosophies, course participants will undergo theoretical classroom and practical (simulated) exercises.

Practical sessions will be carried out using Global ATS’ ATC simulators, utilising generic aerodrome, approach and area control scenarios