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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the concept of Air Power 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
257138  Explain the concept of Air Power 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Air Power 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
253882  Explain the concept of air power  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard will have a fundamental understanding of the concepts and applications of Air Power, the principles of flight and of aircraft recognition. Learners will also appreciate the history and the organisation and force design of the South African Air Force. Learners will be able to utilize the content of specific outcomes in the context of operations where Air Power is required.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining fundamental aviation terms and principles.
  • Describing the evolution of Air Power.
  • Explaining the basics and characteristics of Air Power. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain fundamental aviation terms and principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common aviation terminology is defined with reference to the emerging development of Air Power over time. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Common aviation technology may include but is not limited to a fundamental knowledge of the genesis of flight and use of the aircraft and/or ability to fly for the purpose of its use in air operations up to the present century.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the fundamental principles of flight with reference to the concept of aerodynamics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles of flight may include the forces acting on an aircraft in flight, axes of flight, flight control surfaces, aircraft attitudes and speed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the principles of aircraft recognition in order to identify different types of aircraft. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the evolution of Air Power. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key stages in the development of flight are identified and explained in terms of their importance for the development of Air Power. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Key stages may include but are not limited to tethered flight, hot air balloons, gliding, and powered flight.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of the history of the South African Air Force in terms of its evolution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    History may include but is not limited to the integration of former statutory and non-statutory forces.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the organisation and force design of the South African Air Force. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the basics and characteristics of Air Power. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of Air Power in terms of universally accepted definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the elements and force multipliers of Air Power in terms of core capabilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the strengths and limitations of Air Power in order to understand their impact on the application of Air Power. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Air Power is explained from the perspective of its core capabilities, using examples from actual conflicts. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Military strategy, doctrine and tactics.
  • Levels of warfare.
  • The continuum of conflict, including humanitarian assistance, peace missions and peace support operations.
  • The offensive and defensive nature of war.
  • Law of armed conflict (LOAC)/International Humanitarian Law.
  • The principles of war. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • The fundamental aviation terms and principles.
  • The evolution of Air Power.
  • The basics and characteristics of Air Power. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Explaining fundamental aviation terms and principles. 

  • 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:
  • Explaining fundamental aviation terms and principles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 253882, "Explain the concept of air power", Level 4, 5 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59889   Further Education and Training Certificate: Military Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2010-01-25  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  78143   Further Education and Training Certificate: Military Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. SA ARMY GYMNASIUM 
    2. SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE COLLEGE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.