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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret and communicate aeronautical information in support of air traffic management 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244203  Interpret and communicate aeronautical information in support of air traffic management 
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  16 
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 interpret and communicate aeronautical information to in support of air traffic management. Learners will be provided an opportunity to develop their practical skills with the essential knowledge required for air traffic services.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Interpret aeronautical information pertaining to air traffic management.
  • Process aeronautical information in compliance with ICAO, CAA and/or MAA.
  • Process flight plans and flight progress strips.

    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 
    Where necessary ranges are specified in relation to specific outcomes and assessment criteria within the body of the standard. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret aeronautical information pertaining to air traffic management. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Aeronautical information includes but is not limited to Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS), Aeronautical Information Publications and Supplements, Aeronautical Information Circulars, Regional Supplementary Procedures, meteorological information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Air traffic control and flight information are distinguished for dissemination purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Terminology used in the air traffic services environment are described in terms of the context that is being used for flight operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Terminology refers to abbreviations, codes and phraseology.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is categorised and prioritised in order to disseminate to stakeholders in accordance with their need. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    The distinction between temporary and permanent information needs to be interrogated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    information includes but is not limited to permanent, temporary or information that is of an explanatory, advisory or administrative nature.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Pre - and post - flight information is differentiated in terms of its purpose and uses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Implications of communicating incorrect or incomplete information are interpreted in terms of its impact on aviation safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Process aeronautical information in compliance with ICAO, CAA and/or MAA. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Range of information includes but is not limited to:
  • Time estimates, flight levels, routings, control messages.

    Process also includes receiving and distribution of information. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Aeronautical information is decoded in order to be communicated in given formats. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Messages include but are not limited to notice to airmen.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Aeronautical information is encoded in order to be communicated in given formats. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Aeronautical information includes but is not limited to notice to airmen.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Decoded and encoded information is communicated to stakeholders. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communicated includes but is not limited to read-backs, verification and confirmation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Instrument and approach procedures are interpreted and communicated to enhance aviation safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Aeronautical information and amendments are recorded, communicated and distributed to role-players in the interest of aviation safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Interest of aviation safety includes reasons for complying with strict time limits.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Aeronautical messages are analysed in terms of their impact on air traffic control services. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Process flight plans and flight progress strips. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Flight information is assessed for compilation of flight plans in accordance with standards and recommended practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implication of air traffic controllers not receiving flight plan information on time is discussed in terms of its impact on aviation safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Flight plans and progress strips are processed and distributed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Flight progress strips are updated and redistributed with examples. 


    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 
  • Objectives of ATS.
  • Division of airspace.
  • Classification of airspace.
  • Extent of responsibility of ATS.
  • Combining of ATSU functions.
  • Responsibility in respect of military aircraft.
  • Modification of the procedures where military aircraft are concerned.
  • Formation flights.
  • Weather minima.
  • Responsibility with regard to unmanned free balloons.
  • Types of flight.
  • Visual and instrument flight rules.
  • VMC and IMC.
  • SVFR.
  • Altimeter setting procedures.
  • Semi-circular rule.
  • Filing of flight plans.
  • Filing of Repetitive flight plans.
  • Air traffic control clearances.
  • Position reports.
  • Position Reporting Procedure.
  • Aircraft reporting procedure
  • Operations normal reports.
  • ATS action on receipt of a position report.
  • Diversion procedures.
  • Meteorology liaison.
  • Aeronautical Fixed Services (AFS).
  • Origination of messages.
  • Composition of messages.
  • Addressing of messages and priority of handling.
  • Categories of messages.
  • Teletyping errors.
  • ATS Message formats.
  • The role and purpose of information in Air Traffic Services.
  • The services provided by Air Traffic Control and Flight Information.
  • Air Traffic Services abbreviations, codes, terminology and phraseology.
  • RT procedures and phraseology.
  • Different categories of information i.e. explanatory, advisory and administrative information.
  • The difference between pre and post-flight information.
  • Concepts, functions and types of instrument and approach procedures.
  • ICAO Standards and recommended practices for communicating written information i.e. NOTAMS, Instrument and Approach procedures, meteorological information.
  • Flight Plans.
  • Flight progress strips.
  • Timely availability of information. 

  • 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:
  • Explaining the effects of change of control surfaces in flight. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Co-ordinate additional personnel to assist with Air Traffic Control when busy periods are anticipated. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Prioritise and communicate information by order of importance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • The concept of supersonic flight is described in terms of the behaviour of gas.
  • Maintain correct pronunciation and clarity of speech to ensure reliable and effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion during:
  • Maintain communication with Air Traffic Controllers and provide required information relevant to developing situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Use communication systems to relay information with speed and efficiency. 

  • 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:
  • Recognise the impact of accurate and timeous communication of information in ensuring the safety of aircraft, passengers, crew and other aircraft in the immediate vicinity. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative requirements and are contained in:
  • ICAO documents and annexures relevant to AIM/ATM, Civil Aviation Legislation, Regulations and Technical Standards, and Aeronautical Information Publication and Circulars.

    Abbreviations:

    AIC: Aeronautical Information Circulars.
    AIP: Aeronautical Information Publication.
    ATS: Air Traffic Service.
    ATSA: Air Traffic Service Assistants.
    ATSU: Air Traffic Service Unit.
    AFS: Aeronautical Fixed Service.
    CAA: Civil Aviation Authority.
    ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organisation.
    IMC: Instrument MET Conditions.
    MAA: Military Aviation Authority.
    NOTAM: Notices To Airmen.
    RT: Radiotelephony.
    SVFR: Special Visual Flight Rules.
    VMC: Visual MET Conditions. 

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


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