Did you know that English is the official and international language of aviation and that all repair manuals are printed only in English? It shouldn’t be surprising since English is also the international language of business.
But it is even more critical for aviation because, when it comes to the safety and reliability of aircraft, multiple languages would open the door for misinterpretation and mistakes.
That’s why Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) was shocked when he learned of an investigation launched by a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas television station which revealed the alarming fact that hundreds of aircraft mechanics who daily work on commercial airlines throughout the United States cannot read their repair manuals because the manuals are printed in English, a language these mechanics do not understand.
In loving memory of Jim Boulet Jr who made EO13166 a household word in the political arena! http://englishfirst.org