I was just reading the latest AOPA ePilot newsletter and they had a blurb about having an “English Proficient” endorsement on your certificate if you are going to fly international starting March 5. I hadn’t heard about this until yesterday. I mentioned it to some of my friends at work and at other companies and most of them hadn’t heard of it so I thought I would pass it along. Here’s the article:
CERTAIN U.S. PILOTS NEED NEW ‘ENGLISH PROFICIENT’ CERTIFICATE
Do you fly internationally? If so, you’ll need a new pilot certificate with the words “English Proficient” on it. The new certificate will be required for international flights starting March 5, when the International Civil Aviation Organization’s language proficiency standards for operating internationally go into effect. The requirement applies to airplane and helicopter private, commercial, and airline transport pilots; flight engineers; and flight navigators. Pilots with a U.S.-issued certificate will not need to pass a language test, just request a replacement certificate from the FAA. The plastic replacement certificate will cost $2 and take seven to 10 days to be processed. All newly issued pilot certificates will have the endorsement.