History of Lingaero

Lingaero was created by James Emery, a professional translator and Private Pilot based in Bordeaux, France.

The site started life as a free source of exercises to help French pilots prepare for their DGAC ELP assessment, colloquially referred to as the “FCL055 exam”.

Over time, Lingaero has evolved into a source of specialised aviation language services and resources.

Alongside our free database of listening materials, we can now organise, via our partners:

  • EASA-approved remote and in-person ELP assessments
  • English training for pilots
  • Recurrent training for French FISOs
  • Airline interview preparation

Legal information

“Lingaero”: French “SAS” Company with a capital of 1,000 €.

Registered at the RCS in Pontoise. SIRET : 888 184 405 00015

Training organisation registered with the DIRECCTE Ile de France n° 11950684095

Who are we?

Lingaero is first and foremost a team of native English-speaking aviation specialists, providing efficient solutions to your aviation language needs, with a minimum of fuss.

James Emery

Founder and training manager

Diplomas and experience

  • Native English speaker
  • Language Proficiency Examiner (LPE) with over 2,000 assessments carried out
  • B.A. (Hons) in translation (Surrey University, 2010)
  • PPL (2014)
  • “Advanced” air traffic control simulator agent at the DGAC (approach and en route)
  • ICAO level 6 (English and French)

James EmeryA graduate of the renowned Center for Translation Studies at the University of Surrey in the UK, James has worked for many years as a translator and interpreter.

Holder of a PPL since 2014, he decided to combine his passion for aviation with his work, and begun working as an ELP assessor in 2016.

Since then he has designed and delivered specialised language training courses for a variety of aviation stakeholders, including commercial pilots, private pilots, air traffic controllers, FISOs, and aircraft mechanics.

In parallel James works as a “air traffic simulator agent” at the Bordeaux on-route ATC center, where he helps to train controllers.

Outside of work James is a competitive tennis player and organises fly-ins for pilots in France and overseas.

In 2018, he organised “Curry By Air” where more than 100 meals were delivered from the UK to France aboard a TBM700.

See the report about this event on the BBC website “Curry By Air” : BBC report

Ross Bailey

Director General and aviation expert

Born in the UK, and raised in Australia, Ross has lived in the Paris area for over 30 years.

After a long career in IT systems management, he began his experience in aviationRoss Bailey in the late 90s, obtaining his Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Flight Instructor rating (FI). He is also a glider and microlight pilot.

For many years Ross was also compliance manager in a one of the biggest ATOs in France.

Today he is the compliance manager at Phoenix Concordia, a Part 147 maintenance training organisation. He is also a technical translator for several large aviation organisations in France.

Ross is also an ELP examiner with over 1,500 assessments under his belt.

Today, Ross provides technical English language training, as well as continuing to instruct around the Paris area.

In parallel, he designs and provides Part 147 type rating maintenance training courses, along with English language training for maintenance technicians.

Diplomas and experience

  • Native English speaker
  • CPL (A)
  • FI (A)
  • Glider pilot (SLP)
  • Microlight licence
  • Language Proficiency Examiner (LPE)
  • Maintenance certificates (T4) Be300 and EC145
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

For further information about the services we provide, please contact us.