Jeppesen, Ordinate Team for ICAO-Required Aviation English Proficiency Assessment

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Jeppesen has teamed with Ordinate Corporation, the leader in spoken language assessment, to provide Aviation English testing that meets the new ICAO standard for minimum English proficiency for all international flight crews.

Jeppesen has teamed with Ordinate Corporation, the leader in spoken language assessment, to provide Aviation English testing that meets the new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard for minimum English proficiency for all international flight crews. By March 2008, all pilots and air traffic controllers who fly internationally, or work international flights, must demonstrate ICAO level 4 (Operational) language proficiency as a licensing requirement. The requirement applies to both native and non-native speakers of English. Through an exclusive agreement with Ordinate, Jeppesen is providing the ICAO-compliant Versant Aviation English Test as a final test or practice exam that is administered via telephone.

Future pilots and air traffic controllers will also be required to meet the minimum language proficiency. In order to address this need the Versant Aviation English Test and an English training course have been integrated into training curricula at Jeppesen-partner aviation schools, including Emirates Aviation College, Asia Pacific Flight Training in Malaysia, and Horizon International Flight Academy in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Jeppesen is also working with other training providers and National Aviation Administrations around the world to offer the required Aviation English training and testing.

"The March 2008 deadline for the new ICAO Aviation English standard for international flight crews is coming up very quickly," said Kirk Quong Sing, general manager, Jeppesen Commercial Aviation Training Services. "We are very pleased to be working with such a well known and proven test provider to offer a viable testing option to current and future commercial pilots around the world. This testing solution works very nicely with our distance learning training solution should a pilot or air traffic controller test below the required Level 4 standard."

"After a year and half of rigorous test development and field trials with aviation experts, we are excited to have the Versant Aviation English Test become part of the Jeppesen ICAO language certification solution," said Karen Chiang, general manager of Ordinate. "As many aviation employers worry about the March deadline, the Jeppesen solution will be more practical and scalable than tests that require human graders."

About Jeppesen
For more than 70 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

About Ordinate
Ordinate has created Versant spoken language tests for leading corporations, government agencies, universities, and school systems. Over the last 11 years, over 27 million Versant test questions have been delivered to, responded by, and automatically scored for individuals from over 100 countries around the world. Ordinate is part of Harcourt Assessment and Reed Elsevier.

For additional information call 1-303-328-4423 in the Western Hemisphere, or +49(0)6102 50 8272 in the Eastern Hemisphere or visit Online at http://www.jeppesen.com/Academy.

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