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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide aerodrome flight information services 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244208  Provide aerodrome 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 aerodrome flight information services in accordance with nationally and internationally recognised procedures, phraseology, standards and recommended practices. 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:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of air traffic patterns and priorities in an uncontrolled airfield environment.
  • Provide information on aircraft operations within the aerodrome traffic area according to Civil Aviation Authority or Military Aviation Authority prescripts.
  • Monitor air traffic flow in a non-radar control environment.

    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.
  • Mathematics 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 
    Demonstrate knowledge of air traffic patterns and priorities in an uncontrolled airfield environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Patterns flown by aircraft within South Africa uncontrolled airspace are explained in accordance to International Civil Aviation Organisation and related publications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Publications refer to but are not limited to:
  • Aeronautical information publication (AIP), Aeronautical information circulars (AIC).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of air traffic priorities within South Africa uncontrolled airspace are explained in terms of Civil Aviation Authority and Military Aviation Authority regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Criteria for establishing take-off and landing directions are explained in terms of International Civil Aviation Organisation and related publications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Criteria include but are not limited to:
  • Type of aircraft, length of runway, traffic patterns, pilot's visibility, prevailing weather, noise-abatement procedures, serviceability of taxiways, crosswinds.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Provide information on aircraft operations within the aerodrome traffic area according to Civil Aviation Authority or Military Aviation Authority prescripts. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Aircraft operations include but is not limited to entering and leaving the area of responsibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is communicated to aircraft both in-flight and on the ground. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information includes but is not limited to:
  • Runway in use, surface wind, atmospheric pressure, other aircraft in the circuit, Air Traffic Control Clearances and traffic manoeuvring on the aerodrome.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Clearances are relayed to aircraft both in-flight and on the ground on behalf of a controlling authority in the prescribed format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Flight briefings are provided to operators in the interest of aviation safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Briefing service includes but is not limited to airfield information, meteorological information, forecasts, support services.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor air traffic flow in an AFIS environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information regarding air traffic movement is processed in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information includes but is not limited to:
  • Recording of arrivals and departures, recording and despatching of flight plans, despatching of departure messages, liaising with supporting Air Traffic Control services.
     

  • 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 
  • Responsibilities and Scope of AFIS.
  • Selection of runway in use.
  • Positions in the aerodrome taxi and traffic circuit.
  • Persons and vehicles on the manoeuvring area.
  • Rules applicable to pilots operating on and in the vicinity of an aerodrome.
  • Aerodrome safety services.
  • Notification of hazardous surface wind conditions.
  • Obstructed runway.
  • Aerodrome inspections.
  • Wake turbulence and jet blast hazards.
  • Aerodrome serviceability.
  • Aerodrome lighting inspections.
  • Reporting action.
  • Marking of temporary obstructions or unserviceable areas.
  • Reporting of wind shear.
  • Ground to air reporting.
  • Essential local traffic.
  • Essential aerodrome information.
  • 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.
  • Actions by other stations.
  • Radio telephony procedures relevant to AFIS.
  • Criteria for establishing and advising take off and landing areas and directions.
  • Air traffic patterns, separations and traffic priorities.
  • Aerodrome Flight Information Services.
  • Alerting procedures.
  • Administrative processes.
  • Procedures for monitoring airflow in a non-radar environment.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • 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:
  • Identify alternative methods for communicating/transmitting information when communication equipment failure is experienced. 

  • 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:
  • Maintain communication with Air Traffic Controllers and provide required information relevant to developing situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Prioritise and communicate information by order of importance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion during:
  • Maintain correct pronunciation and clarity of speech to ensure reliable and effective communication. 

  • 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 
    Abbreviations:
  • AIP: Aeronautical information publication.
  • AIC: Aeronautical information circulars.
  • MAA: Military Aviation Authority.
  • CAA: Civil Aviation Authority.
  • ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organisation.
  • AFIS: Aerodrome flight information service.
  • VHF: Very High Frequency. 

  • 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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