Michael Kay has been involved in Aviation English for over 20 years. He has a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, with a dissertation on the construct validation of an ICAO LPR test instrument – RELTA. He oversaw the design, development and implementation of this test in parts of Europe, Asia and South America. He is currently President of the ICAEA, and has been based in Bangkok since 2011, working for the Thai ANSP as the leader of a team of instructors and curriculum developers. Michael is interested in the role of language in aviation communication.