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FAQs

I just downloaded PlaneEnglish, now what?

View our guides and tutorials here to walk you through setting up the app on your device.

What is PlaneEnglish?

PlaneEnglish is an application-based simulator of aviation radio communications. It simulates communication between pilot and air traffic control (ATC) and enables pilots to learn aviation phraseology and radio telephony procedures by exposing users to random scenarios in all phases of flight and by analyzing and assessing their phraseology, speech accuracy, speech fillers, and speech rate performance.

Where do I get PlaneEnglish?

PlaneEnglish is available for iOS and Android and can be downloaded on the AppStore and Google Play by searching for “PlaneEnglish” or by following the links on the PlaneEnglish website.

What specs should my mobile device have for best performance?

For best performance, the Android device should have at least Android 7 and iOS 12.

I have installed PlaneEnglish on my Android device, but the MIC won’t record.

Make sure that some type of voice typing is installed on your device (Google’s default keyboard should include voice already) and ensure that English Language is enabled for the Google Voice Typing in Android settings.

Do I need to be online to use PlaneEnglish?

You need to be online to download PlaneEnglish and to update the software whenever updates are available. You do not need to be online to use PlaneEnglish and any of its lessons.

How do I use PlaneEnglish?

After downloading PlaneEnglish, simply follow the quick tutorial that shows you how to navigate the tool, use the mic and speaker buttons, the Help and transcription options, and how to change the various speech and voice settings. Once you are able to navigate the tool, simply pick a lesson then follow the prompts. Following the lessons in the order in which they are listed will guide you through increasingly complex situations and lessons.

Is there a user manual for the PlaneEnglish aviation radio simulator?

There are two tutorial videos on the PlaneEnglish website that will walk you through the simulator and the lessons.

It’s my first time using PlaneEnglish, where should I start?

If you are new to flying, we recommend starting with the BASICS lessons. This will teach you the phonetic alphabet, how to pronounce numbers, and expose you to some key phrases used in aviation. If you already know these basics, then jump to any of the phases of flight to step through the various lessons of PlaneEnglish.

How can I change the ATC voice, callsign, and other things on the tool?

You can view the settings guide here.

What lessons does PlaneEnglish cover?

The PlaneEnglish curriculum is built around the phases of flight: taxi out, takeoff, flight follow, flight plan activation, airspace entrance, approaches, and taxi in. There are multiple lessons for each phase of flight that are increasingly complex and expose the user to more challenging situations and dialogues with ATC.

What airports does PlaneEnglish include?

Currently PlaneEnglish has a database of over 100 U.S.-based airports of Class-E, Class-D, and Class-C.

What if my favorite airport is not in PlaneEnglish?

Email us at team@planeenglishsim.com to let us know which is your favorite airport or the airport that you want to see in PlaneEnglish and we will include it in our next round of updates. Send us an email and we’ll add it.

What is the privacy policy of PlaneEnglish?

PlaneEnglish does not collect any personal information. PlaneEnglish does keep track of the user activities within the app as they pertain to the PlaneEglish app and its lessons. This is to ensure that we identify issues that cause the App to malfunction and that we continue to improve our speech analysis algorithms.

Can I access PlaneEnglish on the web?

PlaneEnglish is currently available only on Android and iOS mobile devices. Our team will soon start development of the web version of PlaneEnglish.

Can I add additional scenarios to PlaneEnglish?

If you have encountered real-life scenarios, clearances, exchanges with ATC that you have not currently seen in PlaneEnglish, send us an email at team@planeenglishsim.com and let us know. We’ll make sure to include it in PlaneEnglish to continue enriching the its database and the realism of the lessons.

Can PlaneEnglish be customized?

We offer various levels of customization for our institutional partners and customers (flight schools, ground schools, etc.), from custom color schema and institution logos, to custom aerial maps that identify key landmarks in the airport’s airspace or training area.Please see our Flight School page for more information.

I’m a CFI, can my students use my PlaneEnglish account?

PlaneEnglish subscriptions are for individual use. If you want your students to use PlaneEnglish, direct them to download PlaneEnglish and contact us to discuss our referral program.

I’m a high school aviation instructor, how can I add PlaneEnglish to my curriculum?

PlaneEnglish has a rich database of lesson and scenarios to use in training pilots on aviation phraseology and radio telephony that constitute a robust curriculum of aviation radio communication. We do have various types of partnerships that provide free access to PlaneEnglish to high schools with an aviation program, so email us at service@planeenglishsim.com to find out more and to get your free access.

I’m an aviation instructor, can I track the progress and performance of my students?

If you have purchased access to PlaneEnglish through a licensing agreement, instructors are able to monitor progress of students and to identify trouble areas for individual students. Please see our Flight School page for more information.

How much does PlaneEnglish cost?

See the subscription options for PlaneEnglish on our website or inside the PlaneEnglish simulator. We offer one time purchases as low as $10 for one month access, available on the website, or users may choose a subscription, with monthly cost as low as $4.99 per month. See all one-time purchase options here https://planeenglishsim.com/buy/ or our subscription options inside the app.

Can I purchase user licenses to get access to PlaneEnglish?

Licensing agreements are available for institutions that want to purchase access to PlaneEnglish for more than two students. Please see our Flight School page for more information.

I cannot get the PlaneEnglish app to open, what do I do?

If this is the first time opening the app, make sure that you have a working internet connection. An internet connection is needed when you first access PlaneEnglish for the lessons’ content to be loaded into your device.

I’m in the app and it crashed, what do I do?

Reasons for crashes are many. If PlaneEnglish crashes, simply restart the Simulator. We will automatically get a report of the crash and will investigate and solve the problem so that it does not happen again.

I downloaded the Simulator, but don’t see any content, what is wrong?

In order to see the content of PlaneEnglish you need to have a Google Play account (for Android users). You do not need to provide any payment information to access the 7-day free trial of PlaneEnglish (for Android users), but Google Play requires an account to provide full access to PlaneEnglish.

I’m a CFI, and I’d like to recommend PlaneEnglish to my students. Do you have a referral program?

Yes, we do have a CFI referral program. Email at team@planeenglishsim.com.