The CAA has advised pilots to check the currency of the English language proficiency endorsement on their licences.
This is because pilots applying for any of the new EASA licences are required to have a valid English language endorsement.
During 2008, all UK pilots were automatically given an endorsement by the CAA following a global ruling by the International Civil Aviation Organisation requiring all pilots to formally demonstrate their knowledge of English.
However, unless renewed, this ‘Level 4’ endorsement expired in March 2012.
Pilots can renew their endorsement – upgraded to a Level 6 (native English speaker) – through a ground-based assessment with a Radiotelephony Examiner, Flight Examiner, Type Rating or Class Rating Examiner.
Unless a licence specifically states the holder has a Level 6 language proficiency endorsement, pilots should assume they need to obtain one.