The RMIT English Language Test for Aviation (RELTA), a world leader in the testing of English language proficiency for pilots and air traffic controllers, recently achieved the milestone figure of 22 500 candidates tested.
RMIT Training Chief Executive Officer, Rachel Holthouse, commented that having 22 500 international candidates from around the world complete RELTA is a wonderful achievement for RMIT English Worldwide and its aviation partners.
‘While there are several competitors offering training and testing in this area, RMIT English Worldwide continues to attract candidates from around the globe. This is a testament to the quality of our products and services’, Ms Holthouse says.
‘We focus on delivering training and testing that is world class. The content is designed in-house and combines expertise from aviation and English language experts to ensure our products remain reliable and relevant to the aviation industry today. These products include new Beyond Level 4 courses, designed to take the English proficiency of pilots and air traffic controllers beyond operational level.’
‘We are very fortunate to have such a highly skilled, professional team leading our work in Aviation English.’ Ms Holthouse stated.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) established a deadline for pilots and controllers to have operational proficiency in English by 5 March 2011. This requirement reinforces their objective, to enhance global aviation safety. Tests such as RELTA assist the industry to meet this key deadline.
RELTA is a test for pilots and air traffic controllers who need accreditation under the language proficiency requirements (LPRs) of ICAO, a United Nations body that governs civil aviation.
The final deadline for the implementation of the ICAO LPRs is 5 March 2011. This deadline was established in 2007 when it became apparent many ICAO Member States would miss the initial March 2008 deadline. States that did not comply in time were required to develop implementation plans and post them on the ICAO website. In October 2010, a resolution was passed that although the Member States had made ‘substantial efforts’ to comply, some had encountered difficulty and requested extra time to comply.
RELTA assesses the language skills of pilots and air traffic controllers in aviation related contexts. RMIT Training provides aviation language training and testing solutions in partnership with the international aviation community. Delivery partners include major airlines, air navigation service providers and specialist aviation training organisations.
One delivery partner, Randy Stone, Manager of Airclass France, recently said, ‘RELTA is certainly the Rolls Royce of tests of aviation English. The infrastructure is impressive and the test itself leaves the candidate with the impression they have been tested in an environment that simulates their own operational experience’.
RELTA has been endorsed by the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and equivalent bodies in regions such as the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America.
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