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Can Brazilian Aviators speak English?

July 15, 2014 Blog, Pilot_Articles No Comments

Can Brazilian Aviators speak English?

Do you believe that the level of English in Brazilian aviation is good enough? Is it ok because it’s better than China’s?

In this video we can hear the crew from British Airways having great difficulty to understand the controller at Galeão Tom Jobim International Airport.

News Report 1

In this video we see a report from Globo News about Brazilian pilots needing to redo their English proficiency test. They comment how bad the level of English is in Brazil.

News report 2


Do you believe this is all just media sensationalism? Or are these valid points? How can we improve the level of English is Brazilian Aviation?

Many passengers also complain about the level of English of the flight attendants. Some say that it’s difficult to understand the announcements when they make them in English, and that they can’t understand requests from the passengers.

Most companies nowadays require new potential pilots and flight attendants, and even check in, to pass English tests before entering the company. There are also many schools, courses and teachers that specialize in aviation English preparing aviators for the job market.

Once strong criticism is that companies require pilots and flight attendants to have a good level of English, and even have continual tests to check this, but they don’t offer any assistance to the employees to improve their English.

We all know that aviation English is really important for safety. This includes the safety of Brazilian passengers and crew. It’s time everyone in the industry work together to improve the level of Aviation English in Brazil.

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