Starting May 2010, pilots from all airlines must communicate in English with the control units when their flights take off or land at Beijing Capital International Airport, according to a regulation recently issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
This is aimed at raising pilots' English ability in radio communication to reduce potential safety hazards caused by miscommunication.
To ensure aviation safety, CAAC introduced the Pilots English Proficiency Examination of China (PEPEC), which has produced noticeable effects since it was launched a year ago.
By May 2009, 2,186 pilots had taken the exam in five testing centers in Guanghan, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai. Prior to this, more than 4,000 people have passed the International Civil Aviation Organization's English proficiency test. Thus in total over 6,000 Chinese pilots have obtained English proficiency Level 4 certificates, accounting for 40 percent of pilots in China's aviation industry.
By People's Daily Online