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RMIT Training builds on Aviation English training in Russia

Rachel Holthouse (centre) and Grant Taylor (second from right) with representatives from the MAI and Institute of Air Navigation in Moscow.

The CEO of RMIT Training, Rachel Holthouse and REW Senior Regional Manager – Asia Pacific, Grant Taylor recently visited long term Aviation English partner, Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), marking the ten year anniversary of this successful partnership.

RMIT Training provides Aviation training and RELTA (RMIT English Language Test for Aviation) testing to Russian Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) in collaboration with MAI. 

RMIT Training’s Beyond Level 4 training course for ATCs is in the process of being embedded into more than 30 air traffic control training sites across the country, and it is expected that 3500 personnel will engage with this program by the end of 2015. 

Ms Holthouse was delighted with feedback received by representatives at the meeting.

“Air Navigation Deputy Director, Mr Mikhail Nazarov commented on the successful implementation of the training and the positive feedback from those using the program,” she said. 

“The Dean of the MAI Foreign Languages Department, Dr Alexander Kalliopin expressed interest in extending this training to Pilots and identified further English needs related to Russian airline flight attendants.”

During the visit Ms Holthouse signed a new agreement with the new acting Rector of MAI, Mr Alexander Rozhdestvensky, to ensure that Aviation English support continues to meet the needs of the Institute. The Rector expressed interest in further collaboration in the areas of Academic English and teacher development programs for academics, as well as potential research linkages with RMIT University in the field of aerospace engineering.

An audience was also held with the Australian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr Paul Myler, and the Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Mr Duncan Cole, who expressed strong support for this unique Australian/Russian partnership. The increased interest of Russian universities in foreign partnerships was highlighted during discussions and the Ambassador encouraged Mr Rozhdestvensky and senior MAI staff to explore further collaboration opportunities that would be mutually beneficial. 

Over 29,000 pilots and air traffic controllers have completed a RELTA test since its inception in 2005 and it has been endorsed by the Civil Aviation Authorities of 25 Member States. RELTA is one of only two language proficiency tests recognised by ICAO.

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