Pi­lots must lose heavy Man­darin ac­cents

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Peo­ple who have a strong ac­cent in their spo­ken Man­darin can no longer ap­ply for a pilot’s li­cense or fly air­craft as of 2016 be­cause the ac­cents of some Chi­nese pi­lots are prone to cre­at­ing mis­un­der­stand­ings between them and air traf­fic con­trollers, ac­cord­ing to a news­pa­per re­port.

The Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion said in a tele­con­fer­ence at­tended by air traf­fic con­trol of­fi­cials and air­line man­agers that ap­pli­cants for a li­cense af­ter Jan 1, 2016, must prove them­selves ca­pa­ble of speak­ing stan­dard Man­darin by pass­ing the fourth­grade Man­darin test or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Mir­ror Even­ing News re­ported.

Pi­lots who al­ready have a li­cense but are un­able to change their strong ac­cent will be trans­ferred to other posts rather than con­tin­u­ing to fly, the news­pa­per quoted the ad­min­is­tra­tion as say­ing.

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