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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide flight information services 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244204  Provide flight information services 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Aerospace Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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  25 
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 provide flight information services. Learners will be provided an opportunity to develop their practical skills with the essential knowledge required for air traffic services.

Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Provide traffic information to airborne aircraft.
  • Use radar to obtain information for the provision of a Flight Information Service.
  • Provide an FIS using non-radar derived information.

    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 
  • Mathematics NQF Level 4.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This unit standard should be assessed in line with Civil Aviation Authority or Military Aviation Authority regulations.
  • Area of responsibility in these unit standards refers to flight information routes (FIR) and other uncontrolled airspace. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Provide traffic information to airborne aircraft. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Traffic information includes an alerting service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Procedures relating to the provision of a flight information service in a non-radar environment are described in terms of ICAO and related national regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    National regulations refer to both MAA and CAA regulations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Procedures relating to coordination and transfer of air traffic in a non-radar environment are described in terms of ICAO and related national regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    National regulations refer to both MAA and CAA regulations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Airborne conflict situations are determined by using non-radar derived information. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Conflict situations refer to reduced stipulated separations between aircraft based on prescribed documentation.
  • Non-radar derived information includes position reports, estimates and flight levels.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Flight information service radiotelephony is applied according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Use radar to obtain information for the provision of a Flight Information Service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles and fundamentals of radar are discussed to reflect its purpose in the provision of FIS. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Airborne aircraft is identified, accepted and transferred according to procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures include but are not limited to prescripts issued by Civil Authority Aviation, Military Aviation Authority, or Air Traffic Service Unit.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Airborne conflict situations are identified using radar in accordance with standard operating procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conflict situations refer to reduced stipulated separations between aircraft based on prescribed documentation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Flight information service radiotelephony is applied according to current documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Traffic information is provided according to prescripts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Prescripts refer to:
  • Prescripts issued by CAA, MAA, or Air Traffic Service Unit.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Provide an FIS using non-radar derived information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Procedures relating to the provision of a flight information service in a non-radar environment are described in terms of ICAO and related national regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    National regulations refer to both MAA and CAA regulations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Air traffic movement is recorded in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Recording includes but is not limited to:
  • Flight progress strips, flight progress electronic systems.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Air traffic movement is interpreted with the aid of VHF Direction Finding Equipment in order to verify the position of air traffic. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The progress of aircraft is tracked continuously to remain aware of the progress of all aircraft in the interest of aviation safety. 


    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 
  • Position Reporting Procedure.
  • Aircraft reporting procedure.
  • Operations normal reports.
  • FIS action on receipt of a position report.
  • Responsibilities and Scope of FIS.
  • Co-ordination priorities.
  • Types and methods of co-ordination.
  • Information to be included in co-ordination.
  • Briefing of FIS personnel.
  • Request/reply procedures.
  • Ground initiated reports.
  • Speech technique.
  • Aircraft callsigns.
  • Callsign confusion.
  • Establishment of contact.
  • Continuation of communications.
  • Acknowledge and readback of transmissions.
  • Transfer of communications.
  • Transmission of company messages.
  • Emergency communication.
  • Distress communication.
  • Action by ground station addressed.
  • Imposition of silence.
  • Use of Radar in FIS.
  • Limitations in the use of radar.
  • Performance checks.
  • Establishment of radar identity.
  • SSR code allocation.
  • Collision hazard information.
  • Direction finding.
  • Providing aircraft with bearings/headings to steer.
  • Data link communication.
  • ATC theory and procedures (includes but is not limited to):
    > Flight rules.
    > Radar.
    > Semi-circular rule.
    > Clearance procedures.
    > Division and classification of airspace.
    > Position reporting procedures.
    > Altimeter setting procedures.
  • Separation standards.
  • Aircraft instruments, navigation and approach aids.
  • RT procedures and phraseology.
  • Surveillance theory and direction finding.
  • ICAO Standards and recommended practices for communicating written information i.e. NOTAM, Instrument and Approach procedures, meteorological information.
  • Flight Plans.
  • Flight progress strips.
  • Flight data processing equipment. 

  • 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:
  • The airspace utilised by aircraft within South Africa is described in terms of responsibility, purpose and definition. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Airborne aircraft is identified, accepted and transferred according to procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Airborne conflict situations are identified using radar in accordance with standard operating procedure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Flight information service radiotelephony is applied according to current documentation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion during:
  • Flight information service radiotelephony is applied according to current documentation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Flight information is provided to aircraft in the interest of aviation safety as per standard practices. 

  • 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 importance of providing efficient and effective support in an air traffic service environment. 

  • 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 
    Abbreviations:
  • FIS: Flight Information Service.
  • ICAO: International Civil Aviation Authority Organisation.
  • NOTAM: Notice to Airmen.
  • RT: Radiotelephony.
  • CAA: Civil Aviation Authority.
  • MAA: Military Aviation Authority.
  • FIR: Flight information routes.
  • RNAV: Area navigation.
  • ATSU: Air Traffic Service Unit.
  • ATC: Air Traffic Control.
  • SSR: Secondary Surveillance Radar. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58581   National Certificate: Air Traffic Support  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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