RMIT is helping a United Nations agency to bring better English language proficiency to the world of aviation.
RELTA (the RMIT English Language Test for Aviation) is one of only two English proficiency tests that have been recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
RMIT English Worldwide Senior Regional Manager - Asia Pacific, Grant Taylor said the RELTA test conformed with ICAO’s international Standards and Recommended Practices with regard to the Language Proficiency Requirements.
“The United Nations specialised agency’s recognition of RELTA and inclusion of it in its new I-HELPP (ICAO Home of English Language Proficiency Programme) initiative, reflects its dedication to global air safety and the importance of language compliance in achieving this outcome,” he said.
Miguel Marin, Programme Manager of I-HELPP, said the organisation looked forward to working with RELTA to support States around the world to implement its language proficiency requirements and to offer an acceptable means of compliance.
I-HELPP is an initiative of ICAO to increase awareness of the Language Proficiency Requirements amongst the Member States and to support them in the implementation of the requirements by helping make recognised tests available.
ICAO Member States will also benefit from other support and tools offered as part of the scheme.
Test Service Providers will be supported under the scheme in the development and implementation of effective language tests.
More than 29,000 pilots and air traffic controllers have completed a RELTA test since its inception in 2005; and it has been endorsed by the Civil Aviation Authorities of 25 Member States.
RELTA has been developed by RMIT English Worldwide (REW) and is an example of the tailored language solutions REW has become known for.
Story: Jacqueline Ellis