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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain aviation legislation related to air traffic services 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244202  Explain aviation legislation related to air traffic services 
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 explain aviation legislation related to air traffic services and provide learners the opportunity to develop their practical skills with the essential knowledge required for air traffic services.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of international and national agreements and organisations.
  • Interpret aeronautical information documentation related to Air Traffic Services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of South African aviation legislation pertaining to the licensing of air traffic services personnel.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aviation legislation pertaining to the operation of air traffic service units.

    Learners who have achieved this unit standard will increase their opportunities for professional development and employability within the Aviation industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Aeronautical information, documentation and charts include but are not limited to:
  • Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and supplements.
  • Aeronautical Information Circulars.
  • Navigation charts.
  • NOTAMS.

    A structured scenario includes case studies, simulated situations, controlled environments etc.

    South African Aviation legislation includes but is not limited to:
  • Civil Aviation Regulations.
  • Civil Aviation Technical Standards.
  • Military Aviation Authority. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of international and national agreements and organisations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of ICAO is described in terms of its origins, structures, functions and obligations of its member states. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Functions include but are not limited to publications, research and International oversight.
  • Obligations include but are not limited to legislation, national oversight and infrastructure.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The influence of international agreements on aviation is described with specific reference to air traffic service support. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    International agreements include but are not limited to Chicago Convention, Warsaw Convention, Tokyo, La Haye and Montreal Convention, Hague Convention, Rome Convention and international Air Transit and Air Transport Agreement.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Annexes to the Chicago Convention are described with specific reference to air traffic service support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of a national aviation authority is described in terms of its origins, structures, functions and obligations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    National aviation authority refers to Civil Aviation Authority or Military Aviation Authority.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret aeronautical information documentation related to Air Traffic Services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sources of official aviation information are listed with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Official information refers to but is not limited to Aviation Act, aviation regulations, aeronautical information publication (AIP), aeronautical information circulars (AIC), flight information manual (FIM).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The hierarchy of aviation regulations are described within a South African context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Means of publication are described in terms of their frequency and approval processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The frequency of and the format of publications are described in order to ensure currency of data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Aeronautical information is interpreted and utilised to inform air traffic support decisions in a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    South African and international aviation laws are explained in terms of their purpose relating to air traffic management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Legal parameters of aviation operations relating to air traffic services personnel are explained in accordance with the Aviation Act in a given scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal parameters refer to rules of the air and taxi rules etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Documentation and records required for air traffic services are described in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation also includes CATS and CAR Civil Aviation Technical Standards and or Civil Aviation Regulations.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of South African aviation legislation pertaining to the licensing of air traffic services personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Terms and abbreviations applicable to the licensing of personnel are explained within the South African aviation context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Medical certification requirements for the licensing of personnel are listed as contained in legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Licensing requirements are described in terms of Civil Aviation Authority and Military Aviation Authority regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Licensing requirements include but are not limited to termination, renewal, and validation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Privileges and limitations of license and rating holders are described in terms of Civil Aviation Authority and Military Aviation Authority regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of aviation legislation pertaining to the operation of air traffic service units. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • The demonstration is related to a given situation.
  • A given situation may refer to accidents and incidents. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Legislative documents are selected in order to make deductions to match its applicability to the operational situation in a given scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operational situation includes but is not limited to helicopter operation, aerobatic flights, flying over built up areas.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legislative documents are applied to match its applicability to the operational situation in a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process of up-dating legislation by using given amendments is demonstrated in a given situation. 


    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 
    Sections in related legislation referring to the following:
  • Five freedoms of the air.
  • Membership of ICAO.
  • Aims and objectives of ICAO.
  • Representative bodies of ICAO.
  • ICAO planning processes.
  • ICAO publications and amendments to publications.
  • ICAO publications
  • Conventions and Acts.
  • Duties powers and functions of the Commissioner.
  • Authority of authorised officer and inspector.
  • CARS.
  • CATS.
  • Public transport categories.
  • Employment of aircraft.
  • Endangering safety.
  • Authority and responsibility of pilot in command of an aircraft.
  • Restricted areas.
  • Prohibited areas.
  • Lights that endanger the safety of aircraft.
  • Lights displayed by aircraft.
  • TIBA Frequency.
  • Consumption of alcohol and drugs relevant to ATS personnel and aircrew.
  • Ground light signals.
  • Visual ground signals.
  • Territorial application of the rules of the air.
  • Issue of ATS licences.
  • Medical certification.
  • Authority to act as a pilot.
  • Rules for operation of aircraft.
  • Right of way.
  • Taxi Rules for aircraft.
  • Operation on and in the vicinity of an aerodrome.
  • Minimum heights.
  • Flight over persons.
  • Aircraft speeds.
  • Dropping and picking up objects.
  • Parachute descents.
  • Helicopter operations.
  • Following line features.
  • Aerobatics flight.
  • Landing and take off at places other than aerodromes.
  • Flight by night.
  • Proximity and formation flights.
  • Towing objects.
  • Aeronautical information services.
  • Aeronautical charts.
  • Aircraft nationality and registration marks.
  • Aeronautical telecommunications.
  • ICAO abbreviations and codes.
  • Rules of the air and air traffic procedures.
  • Regional supplementary procedures.
  • Designators for aircraft operating agencies, aeronautical authority and services.
  • Location indicators.
  • Aircraft type designators.
  • Aeronautical information services provided by states.
  • Aeronautical chart catalogue.
  • World Geodetic System - WGS 84.
  • Integrated aeronautical information packages.
  • Aerodrome layouts.
  • Air traffic services.
  • Location indicators.
  • Actions related to accidents and incidents.
  • Visual flight rules and instrument flight rules. 

  • 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:
  • Requirements for aeroplane ratings are described. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Establishing and maintaining an open communication environment conducive to good team work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Planning ahead.
  • Complying with applicable legislation.
  • Documentation and records required for flight are described. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Sources of Aviation regulation and official information are listed.
  • Demonstrate an understanding & interpretation of aeronautical information documentation & charts. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion during:
  • Communication is in accordance with standard procedures and phraseology to ensure clarity and brevity of communication is achieved.
  • Establishing and maintaining an open communication environment conducive to good team work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Demonstrate an understanding & interpretation of aeronautical information documentation & charts. 

  • 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:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of South African & international Aviation Law pertaining to ATS.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of South African & international Aviation Law pertaining to the operation of aeroplanes. 

  • 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 
    Aviation legislation refers to all regulations, prescripts, laws, policies, frameworks, standard operating procedures, from a national and international perspective etc.

    Abbreviations:

    AIC: Aeronautical Information Circulars.
    AIP: Aeronautical Information Publication.
    ATS: Air Traffic Service.
    ATSA: Air Traffic Service Assistants.
    CAA: Civil Aviation Authority.
    CAR: Civil Aviation Regulations.
    CATS: Civil Aviation Technical Standards.
    ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organisation.
    FIM: Flight Information Manual.
    MAA: Military Aviation Authority.
    NOTAM: Notices To Airmen.
    TIBA: Terminal Information Broadcast Alert. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60549   National Diploma: Aeronautical Information Management Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Fundamental  58581   National Certificate: Air Traffic Support  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


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