As of March 5, 2008, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required the following certificate holders who operate internationally to have a certificate stating that the holder is proficient in the use of the English language:
- Private, commercial, and airline transport pilots with powered aircraft ratings
- Flight engineers and flight navigators
- Control tower operators
The ability to read, speak, write, and understand English is already a U.S. regulatory eligibility requirement; the FAA Registry began issuing all new certificates with this endorsement on February 11, 2008. The U.S. has notified ICAO that it filed a difference that will extend the U.S. compliance date until March 5, 2009. This was to provide sufficient time for all affected U.S. airman certificate holders to comply with the required ICAO Language Proficiency airman certificate endorsement.
If you have questions, you may contact the Airmen Certification Branch toll-free at 1-866-878-2498.
For more information regarding ICAO English proficiency, refer to Information for Operators (InFO) 08012 at the All InFOs page.