Air Navigation

  • Locating position on an aeronautical chart.
  • Interpreting topographical information from charts.
  • Determining distance from the nearest aerodrome.
  • Identifying a control zone on an aeronautical chart.
  • Determineing the validity/currency of aeronautical charts.
  • Use the CFS or other approved publication to identify airport operators and air traffic control agencies.
  • Converting UTC to local time & vice versa.
  • Determining local time of sunrise/sunset.
  • Location and activities referring to appropriate aeronautical charts and aeronautical reference points.
  • Identifying the class of airspace and proximity of aerodromes to the operating location using aeronautical charts.
  • The difference between true and magnetic heading.
  • Factors that will influence your choice of flying area (restricted airspace, property lines, requirement for an SFOC, etc.).
  • Where to obtain NOTAMs.
  • Obtaining NOTAMs, and interpret them.
  • How to use the CFS to determine type and radius of airspace, frequencies, aerodrome operator contact information, nearest FIC/ATS unit for emergency contact,
    etc.
  • Contact information for Emergency Services and local authorities.
  • Documents that must be available at the ground control station.
  • Serviceability of o Aircraft
  • Control station
  • Radio frequency (RF) equipment
  • Launch and recovery equipment
  • Software loads and versions
  • Correct databases (e.g. maps) loaded
  • Batteries (capacity (i.e. due to age) history, charge status, demand due to weight)
  • How to verify the flight plan data file is correct and complete in the autopilot.
  • Characteristics of radio wave propagation.
  • Factors that affect radio reception range.
  • Sources of RF interference.
  • How to assess an RF environment.
  • Explain the function of RF spectrum analyzer.
  • How GNSS systems may be enhanced by augmentation systems.
  • Gow Differential Global Positioning Service (DGPS) might be used for landing.
  • Significance of GPS loss in flight.
  • What can affect GPS performance (number of satellites, weather).
  • Function of an ATC radar transponder.