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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform planning for an Instrument Flight Rules flight 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243330  Perform planning for an Instrument Flight Rules flight 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Aerospace Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Physical Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to demonstrate an understanding of the use of meteorological reports and forecasts, aircraft performance limitations, aeronautical charts and procedures and take-off and landing criteria. Learners will be able to integrate planning parameters to produce a plan for the flight. This unit standard will benefit learners within the context of commercial piloting.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Use information to plan an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight.
  • Produce plans for the flight. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 4.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Demonstrate understanding of aircraft instrumentation at NQF Level 5.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles of flight at NQF Level 5.
  • Describe small aeroplane components and equipment at NQF Level 5.
  • Interpret meteorology for aviation at NQF Level 5.
  • Demonstrate understanding of human performance and limitations in aviation at NQF Level 5.
  • Demonstrate understanding of South African aviation law, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rules and procedures for small commercial aeroplane operations at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Assessment of the learner shall be conducted in compliance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Military Aviation Authority (MAA) Regulations and in accordance with safe flying practice.
  • The aircraft and its systems shall be operated within the limitations expressed in the Aircraft flight Manual (AFM) or Pilot Operating Handbook (POH).
  • Cockpit Resource Management (CRM) is not to be assessed as a stand-alone element. However, the outcomes resulting from Cockpit Resource Management can be assessed. Cockpit Resource Management is integral to flight and flight safety. Procedural elements of Cockpit Resource Management are to be assessed throughout the assessment of all outcomes in a holistic and integrated way.
    > Range of procedural elements include but are not limited to: Use of checklists, crew briefings, radio calls, and callouts.
  • Competence shall be assessed in respect of a single or multi-engine aeroplane with retractable undercarriage and adjustable flaps, and variable pitch propeller, or turbo-propeller or turbo-jet engines, certified for single pilot operation or for helicopter with a maximum certificated mass of at least 500 kg.
  • Good airmanship appropriate to the level of the unit standard should be demonstrated for all outcomes. Additional elements of airmanship specific to outcomes are indicated in range statements within assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Use information to plan a flight that will be conducted under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Collected information is interpreted to determine the conditions under which the planned flight will be executed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conditions likely to affect the planned flight are interpreted using collected information from aviation industry recognised sources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Information includes but is not limited to: meteorological reports and forecasts; status of aerodrome and en-route facilities; times of sunrise and sunset.
  • Aviation industry recognised sources include meteorological reports and forecasts; the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP); Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS); flight guides; briefing offices.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Produce plans for the flight. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • The plan may be a decision not to carry out the flight if required levels of safety cannot be met. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Aircraft performance is assessed to ensure that the available performance is greater than the required performance in each phase of the flight. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Phases of flight includes take-off, climb, cruise, descent, go-around and landing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An operational flight plan is developed in compliance with regulatory requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • The contents of the operational flight plan must include selection of aerodromes, routes, altitudes, fuel and oxygen requirements, points at which in-flight decisions on continuation of the flight must be made such as: point of no return; re-despatch point; diversion point; point of equal time.
  • Regulatory requirements include the Civil Aviation Regulations and Technical Standards (ICAO) and the aircraft operator's approved standards, if applicable.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An Air Traffic Control (ATC) flight plan is compiled in accordance with prescribed procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operational flight plan is adjusted taking into account conditions, aircraft performance and identified hazards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Adjustment of the plan includes but is not limited to: change of route; deferring or advancing the time of the flight; reducing payload; increasing fuel carried.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA in accordance with the current ETQA regulations.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Obtaining, interpreting and using meteorological reports, forecasts and charts.
  • Regulations covering inter alia: privileges and limitations of licence and rating holders and flight under instrument flight rules.
  • Functioning of radio aids to navigation, their errors and limitations.
  • Instrument flight procedures governing holding patterns, departures, arrivals and approaches.
  • Regulations setting out minimum visibilities, RVR and heights.
  • Interpretation of aerodrome and instrument departure, arrival and approach charts.
  • Use of the AIPs, AICs and NOTAMs and/or commercial flight guides for obtaining aeronautical information.
  • Use of manufacturer's aircraft manual to determine flight performance.
  • Environmental conditions likely to lead to IMC.
  • Environmental conditions likely to lead to aircraft icing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Planning and performing flights to achieve objectives within the constraints of the aircraft limitations and regulatory requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Communicating with Air Traffic Service (ATS) and organising the flight in cognisance to other air traffic. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Plan ahead.
  • Compliance with applicable legislation.
  • Performing appropriate checks and procedures.
  • Using checklists where appropriate.
  • Exercising command ability in order to achieve the desired outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Identifying symptoms of instrument, system and engine malfunctions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Take factors into account when planning such as aircraft limits, weather conditions etc.
  • Planning to fly the aircraft in such a way that tolerance exceedences are kept to a minimum. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • A high level of situational awareness is maintained.
  • Airspace restrictions and requirements are adhered to when planning.
  • Curfews, noise abatement procedures and other measures to minimise disturbance to the environment and the public are taken into account when planning.
  • Safe flying practice is kept in mind when planning. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • The assessor must hold a recognised relevant civil or military flying instructor certification as applicable to the stream of assessment.
  • The assessor must be competent in the outcomes of this unit standard. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Learners who are not competent in the language proficiency standard for ICAO defined operational English at ICAO level 4 will find it difficult to meet licensing requirements.

    The information contained in this unit standard does not supersede any information contained in manufacturer's instructions or any law.

    Abbreviations:
  • IFR: Instrument Flight Rules.
  • VMC: Visual Meteorological Conditions.
  • ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organisation.
  • CAA: Civil Aviation Authority.
  • MAA: Military Aviation Authority.
  • AFM: Aircraft flight Manual.
  • POH: Pilot Operating Handbook.
  • CRM: Cockpit Resource Management.
  • AIP: Aeronautical Information Publication.
  • NOTAMS: Notices to Airmen.
  • CATS: Civil Aviation Regulations and Technical Standards.
  • ATC: Air Traffic Control.
  • RVR: Runway Visual Range.
  • AIC: Aeronautical Information Circular.
  • IMC: Instrument Meteorological Conditions.
  • ATS: Air Traffic Service.

    Definitions:
  • Airmanship is defined as incorporating the ability to make sound judgements and execution of safe practices.
  • Situational awareness: The perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status in the near future. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49950   National Certificate: Navigation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  58023   National Diploma: Aircraft Piloting  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Elective  66109   National Diploma: Aircraft Performance Engineering  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Elective  58008   National Diploma: Aircraft Piloting  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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