Code of Conduct


All members of the Aviation English Organisation have adopted the following code of conduct.

Aviation English Teachers, Raters and Language Centres must

  1. Conduct themselves at all times with integrity in the discharge of their duties according to law and this clause overrides all others, so that where there is conflict, this clause shall prevail;
  2. Maintain high standards of personal behaviour at all times and to do nothing to bring themselves, Organisation or the profession into disrepute;
  3. Take personal responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of good relations with other Aviation English professionals, and relevant public and private bodies;
  4. Maintain the integrity of the profession in public and in the media;
  5. Take no improper action which might injure or malign the reputation of other members;
  6. Respect the rights of the individual;
  7. Respect the wishes and aspirations of learners;
  8. Maintain the strict confidentiality of personal information;
  9. Ensure, as far as is possible, that individual learners, and groups of learners, achieve their full educational potential;
  10. Exercise professional judgement in furthering the resolution of educational problems;
  11. Refrain from any acts that may cause teachers and learners harm;
  12. Take no advantage of a position of authority with a learner for personal, political or other purposes;
  13. Further the development of professional skills, knowledge and attitudes in themselves and colleagues; and
  14. Ensure positive collaboration with those in educational and other institutions, authorities, examination boards and other specialist bodies.

The use of the terms "Aviation English" and "English for Aviation" refer to English courses for Pilots, Air Traffic Control Officers, Flight Dispatchers and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.  The terms should not be used to refer to courses for cabin crew or service staff.

Aviation English Teachers should commit to ongoing professional development regardless of whether their primary background is in teaching ESL or is in flight operations.

An organisation, teacher or rater is not allowed to use the words "Aviation English" to describe teachers or courses which do not fulfil the Aviation English Organisation requirements, and such usage can constitute abuse.