Rather worryingly less than a tenth of China’s pilots meet international aviation English standards. The figures released by the airline regulator also came with some encouragement to help them to rise to the challenge of bolstering their linguistic skills.
On its website (www.caac.gov.cn) it claimed that some pilots have the wrong attitude and are prevaricating. “The requirement to raise pilot’s English abilities comes from a formal decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization,” it quoted deputy aviation minister Li Jian as saying. “I hope those comrades who have the wrong thinking drop their illusions, don’t wait around and don’t rely on others, grasp the present good conditions for studying English and dare to fulfill their responsibilities,” Li said.