An insightful seminar on language proficiency in the civil aviation industry has strengthened RMIT's ties with Indonesia.
Staff from RMIT English Worldwide (REW) were recently invited to offer their expertise and insight in language proficiency issues at the Indonesian Civil Aviation Training Seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The seminar was attended by more than 200 industry personnel, including government and civil aviation ministry officials, all major airlines, the Indonesian air traffic control agency, flight training schools, and maintenance and engineering companies.
REW's assistance in building local capacity and supporting training and testing solutions in language proficiency in the aviation industry was highlighted during the seminar.
The presentation emphasised REW's language testing and training capabilities in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) language proficiency requirements.
ICAO recognises the RMIT English Language Test for Aviation (RELTA), which is now available to the Indonesian aviation industry.
RELTA complies with ICAO's strict international safety guidelines and was the subject of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between RMIT and the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation in November, 2013.
REW's Senior Regional Manager - Asia Pacific, Grant Taylor, presented during the seminar and was a panellist for the session titled "Latest Trends in Training Technologies and Strategies".
Mr Taylor presented on the RMIT Aviation English presence in Indonesia and discussed a myriad of ways to increase collaborative efforts to strengthen cross-cultural communication.
REW's Senior Regional Manager - Asia Pacific, Grant Taylor, presenting at the seminar.
He emphasised the importance of initiatives such as the Radiotelephony English for Pilot, making Air Transport Communication (ATC) materials available, and REW's assistance in carrying out these agendas.
"REW will also adopt processes to support other areas of the aviation industry, outside of pilots and controllers," Mr Taylor said.
"This includes course development for aircraft engineers, ground services and customer service roles, which can be embedded into existing training modules."
REW's Senior Aviation Manager and qualified pilot, Dave Race, was also in attendance as an industry expert, offering his wide-ranging international experience and expertise derived from working in regions such as Asia, Europe, and the USA.
As innovators on the convergence of the aviation industry and cross-cultural communication, the pair was invited by the Air Transportation Human Resources Development Centre (ATHRDC) of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation.
The ATHRDC is a government organisation dealing with the development of human resources in the field of air transport.
With an ongoing presence in Indonesia, REW is recognised as a preferred English language training and testing provider for pilots and air traffic controllers.