IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION (ICAO) LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS IN THE DIRECTORATE OF LICENSING STANDARDS (DOLS).
1.0 General Information
Nigeria is poised to ensure compliance with ICAO Language Proficiency Implementation Standards with a view to promoting safety in air Navigation .
In the light of the above, the following are additional information to NCAA-AC-PEL052 dated 05 September 2013 for your guidance :
1.1 “Grandfather rights”
Automatic renewal of “Grandfather rights” of level 4 (Operational Level) of ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale to holders of Pilots’, Air Traffic Controllers’, Flight Engineers’, and Aeronautical Station Operators’ licences every three years with the payment of statutory fees.
1.2 Approved Training Organizations (ATOs)
All ATOs to note that the “Grandfather rights” of Level 4 of the Rating Scale does not apply to personnel for initial issuance of licence. These categories of personnel are required to demonstrate compliance with ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements before completion of training as element of formal process that leads to the initial issuance of licence.
1.3 FAA “English Proficient”
“English Proficient” as endorsed on FAA issued airman’s certificate/licence, converted to Nigerian airman’s certificate/licence is verified as “Level 4” equivalence i.e. Operational Level of ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale.
2.0 Action Plan
2.1. In line with ICAO Language Proficiency requirements for licensing purpose, the following is mandatory:
2.2 Evaluation of licence holders who desire to attain levels higher than level 4 of the Rating Scale at the following currently Approved Aviation EnglishTest Centres by the Authority:
a) Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited
b) Arik Air Limited
c) Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited
All Stake holders are required to ensure compliance of personnel in their employment and organisation with the above directive for the successful implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Standards in Nigeria.
Capt. Muktar Usman
(References: Nig. CARS (2009), ICAO Annexes 1, 6, 10 & 11, ICAO Doc. 9835 (2nd Ed.).
NCAA-AC-PEL051 November 2015