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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform as a team member during tactical air operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376363  Perform as a team member during tactical air operations 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Special Combat Capabilities 
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 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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
115462  Conduct tactical air operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Qualifying learners are able to prepare for and participate in a wide range of air related operations.

This unit standard expands on the following competencies and tactically prepares learners to successfully take part in air and rotary-wing aircraft operations for the purpose of maintaining peace and security:
  • Perform fast roping from fixed and mobile platforms.
  • Perform rope work from rotary wing aircraft.
  • Perform static line square parachute descents.

    Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain the theory of air operations.
  • Participate in parachute operations.
  • Establish landing zones for fixed wing aircraft.
  • Establish a parachute drop zone.
  • Establish a landing zone for rotary wing aircraft.
  • Use radio terminology to guide aircraft during tactical air operations.

    Persons credited with this unit standard will have the ability to participate in activities across the spectrum of learning fields in the RSA, which requires navigation between geographical positions. This competency will enhance the capabilities of security organisations to maintain peace and security within the community and the sovereignty of the RSA. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Perform fast roping from fixed and mobile platforms.
  • Perform rope work from rotary wing aircraft.
  • Perform static line square parachute descents.
  • Interpret a topographical map
  • Use a hand held compass for navigational purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • With and without equipment. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the theory of tactical air operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between offensive and supporting air tasks are discussed in terms of their uses and operating principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various categories of transport aircraft (e.g. medium range, short range aircraft, supporting helicopter and light aircraft) that can be used during tactical air operations are recognised in order to achieve operational objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The various types of rotary wing aircraft (e.g. BK 117, Oryx, etc) that can be used during tactical air operations are recognised in order to understand their operating principles and their impact on the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Explain the role, application, statistical data and limitations of the various aircraft (fixed and rotary wing) used in tactical air operations in order to optimise operational performance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Participate in parachute operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of the employment of airborne forces is understood and explained according to their functions and uses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tasks of airborne troops are described in according to their functions and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The characteristics and limitations of parachute operations are explained in order to inform future decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure of grouping during parachute operations is applied to optimise operational performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The drills at a rendezvous are demonstrated in order to maximise performance of individuals and teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The handling of casualties on a drop zone is demonstrated taking into account objectives, resources and constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedure for the delivery of door bundles is demonstrated in order to achieve operational. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Establish landing zones for fixed wing aircraft. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • For Heavy (e.g. C130, C160), Medium (e.g. CASA 212, DC3) and Light aircraft (e.g. Cessna 185). 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to locate and assess an area according to a given criteria to determine its suitability as a landing zone for fixed wing aircraft is demonstrated to inform future decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The method of marking a landing zone for a given fixed wing aircraft is demonstrated according to type of operation and aircraft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to inform the aircraft of the location of the landing zone and approach route is demonstrated in accordance with the LZ report. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Establish a parachute drop zone. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to locate and assess an area according to the various types of drop zones (e.g. static line, free fall, unmarked, water, area) and specific aircraft being used to determine its suitability as a drop zone for parachutists is demonstrated in order to inform future decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to compile a drop zone report and communicate it to the aircraft is demonstrated in order to achieve operational objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The method of marking a drop zone is demonstrated according for a specific type of parachutist drop. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Establish a landing zone for rotary wing aircraft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to locate and assess an area according to a given criteria to determine its suitability as a landing zone for rotary wing aircraft (helicopters) is demonstrated in order to inform future decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The method of marking a landing zone for a given rotary wing aircraft is demonstrated in accordance with the type of terrain and aircraft. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    With any of the following aids:
  • Helios Mirrors.
  • Day-glo panels.
  • Smoke.
  • Flares.
  • Strobe lights.
  • Torches.
  • Fires.
  • Vehicle lights.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to guide the aircraft to the location of the landing zone and approach route is demonstrated in order to achieve operational objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The duties and responsibilities of the stick leader during helicopter operations are demonstrated in order to maximise the performance of the team. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Use radio terminology to guide aircraft during tactical air operations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Rotary and fixed wing aircraft. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of phonetics to communicate with an aircraft is demonstrated in order to minimise the time required to get the aircraft onto target. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to use brevity code to communicate with and guide a given aircraft towards a specific area or location is demonstrated in order to achieve operational objectives. 


    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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking has been made when learners are capable of evaluating an area in order to determine its suitability as a landing zone for aircraft and drop zone for airborne troops or cargo. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community where the individual is capable of preparing a landing or drop zone as part of a team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when learners are capable of locating and evaluating the suitability of an area to be used as a landing zone or drop zone. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion is demonstrated by communicating navigation data to aircraft or team members. 

    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 115462, "Conduct tactical air operations", NQF Level 5, 7 Credits.

    Supplementary information:
  • LZ: A specified ground area used for the landing of aircraft. The landing zone may vary in size so as to accommodate one or more aircraft.
  • DZ: The landing area where a parachutist or air delivered cargo will land. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78263   National Higher Certificate: Special Combat Capabilities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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