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When doing flight training in a Russian plane (e.g. Tupolev, Antonov, etc.), does the flight instructor speak Russian or English?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you talking about a pilot training for a private license (small GA), a military pilot or a commercial pilot? $\endgroup$ – expeditedescent Sep 28 '19 at 11:07
  • $\begingroup$ And where are you talking about flying? In Russia they will speak Russian, in the USA they'll typically speak English. $\endgroup$ – GdD Sep 28 '19 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Hougaard I am talking about a commercial pilot. Like those flight training in Russian planes e.g. Tupolev, Anotonov, etc. $\endgroup$ – Leonard Tan Sep 29 '19 at 11:21
  • $\begingroup$ @GdD do you mean in Russia pilots speak Russian to ATC? $\endgroup$ – Leonard Tan Sep 29 '19 at 11:22
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    $\begingroup$ @LeonardTan Please clarify the question a bit more. Are you asking about a Russian commercial pilot training in Russia on a Russian aircraft or just in general any commercial pilot somewhere in the world training in a Russian aircraft? $\endgroup$ – Bianfable Sep 29 '19 at 12:45
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Kind of unclear, but this would be dependent upon the country in which the flight training is taking place. If the training is taking place in Russia, most likely the instructor would speak to the student in Russian. If in the United States, the instructor would speak to the student in English. As for ATC transmissions, the only time the flight crew would be required to speak in English would be on an IFR flight plan. Any other time, they would speak their native language on the radio.

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  • $\begingroup$ Pilots can speak their own native language to the ATC? I never knew this was allowed. I thought you are only allowed to speak English to ATC. $\endgroup$ – Leonard Tan Oct 1 '19 at 8:44
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    $\begingroup$ Only for IFR flights $\endgroup$ – Carlo Felicione Oct 1 '19 at 17:08
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    $\begingroup$ @Leonard, Not only. Domestic flights in Russia use Russian. So I believe French in France. $\endgroup$ – Zeus Oct 3 '19 at 2:18

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