You Say Tomato’s stance on aviation language and safety: A manifesto Based on the findings and best practice recommendations of CAP 1375, You Say Tomato calls on ICAO Member States, the aviation industry, and national regulators to work together to improve language proficiency and communication in international aviation.
Since the CAA’s publication of CAP 1375 (available here; opens in new window), there has been quite a bit of press coverage on it, including an interview with the BBC World Service’s Newshour. We thought we’d share a few links: The Times (behind paywall), ‘Not cleared for takeoff’ The Independent, ‘Poor spoken English skills among[…]
You Say Tomato is proud to announce the publication of a major new piece of research, commissioned and funded by the UK Department for Transport and commissioned by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The work, Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 1375: Data analysis findings and best practice recommendations, looks at language-related incidents reported to the[…]
Dr Barbara Clark, founder of You Say Tomato, was recently invited by the Newseum to come and chat about her research and consultancy during SXSW 2016. The Newseum is a Washington, DC-based museum ‘dedicated to free expression and the five freedoms of the [US Constitution] First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition’ (Newseum.org 2016).[…]
A very short update to say that I’m thrilled to be a member on two panels at the upcoming Flightglobal Flight Safety Symposium, 15-16 September 2015 at London Heathrow (LHR). This is my first time attending a Flightglobal event, and I’m looking forward to thought-provoking discussion and learning from colleagues.
Thanks to Gates Aviation for the heads up: The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released Aircraft Accident Report 1/2015 – Airbus A319-131, G-EUOE, 24 May 2013, wherein the Numbers 1 and 2 engine fan cowl doors detached during takeoff, London Heathrow Airport, 24 May 2013. The AAIB attributes the accident to fatigue induced maintenance error. Link[…]
A very short post to let you all know about the new report from IATA (the International Air Transport Association) and IFALPA (the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations): Phraseology Conflict: SID / STAR – Report on Potential Misunderstanding (click for link to PDF). IATA and IFALPA have jointly produced an earlier document on[…]
I’m excited to be attending the International Civil Aviation English Association’s upcoming Forum in Warsaw, 25-26 June 2015. The forum’s theme is ‘Changing Perspectives on Aviation English Training’.
Just a quick update to say that the first phase of this project has just about wrapped up, and a final report has been written. When it’s available for public readership, I’ll let everyone know (most likely via Twitter at @infoYST), and will certainly post a link to the report here. I’m sure I’ll update my LinkedIn[…]
I’m a few months into a project working with the UK Civil Aviation Authority researching pilot/controller communication, aviation English (e.g., ICAO standard phraseology and plain English), and miscommunication.