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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide a Flight Authorisation Service 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120048  Provide a Flight Authorisation Service 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
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 be useful to learners who are required to authorise military flying missions in practice patterns, controlled air space or area of responsibility.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Co-ordinate the collection, processing, displaying and distributing of information regarding all military flights operating in the area of responsibility.
  • Process an air movement issue.
  • Process mission orders.
  • Process airspace booking requirements. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation for this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Induction into the South African military
  • Communication at NQF level 4
  • Aircraft performances
  • Command and Control course
  • Airspace rules and regulations
  • Airspace division and limitations
  • Area familiarisation
  • Meteorology
  • Map reading/navigation
  • Air picture display system operating procedures
  • Sector control centre operations
  • Aeronautical messages 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The terms "aircraft" and "aeroplane" are used as synonyms where appropriate.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Co-ordinate information regarding all military flights operating in the area of responsibility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Co-ordinate = collection, processing, displaying and distributing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information regarding the area of responsibility is gathered in terms of the current operational status. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Airfields, navigational aids, sensors, air defence units and electronic warfare units.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information gathered is assessed in terms of relevance to the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Current and forecasted meteorological conditions are gathered in terms of planned daily activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The current and expected status of firing ranges are determined in terms of danger zones, restricted flying areas and designated air defence zones gathered from applicable "Notice to Airman" (NOTAM) or the air defence plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Taskings of all military flights received is distributed in terms of priorities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Process an air movement issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The flight route is plotted on the map in terms of safety, ranges and zones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A visual reference of aircraft operating in the area of responsibility is compiled on a friendly air movement tote in terms of the planned activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Non-conflicting flights are approved in accordance with ground command and control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons why conflicting flights are restricted are explained in accordance with ground command and control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Taskings are co-ordinated with the planning and movement cells in terms of mission planning requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Taskings are entered into the Air Picture Display System in accordance with the recognised air picture requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Process mission orders. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Orders include transmission orders, offensive mission orders, alert mission orders, transmission order supplementary, offensive mission order supplementary, alert message issue and changes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The flight route is plotted on the map in terms of safety, ranges and zones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A visual reference of aircraft operating in the area of responsibility is compiled on a friendly air movement tote in order to execute the planned activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Conflicting flights are identified and action taken to minimise potential safety risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Offensive mission orders issues and alert mission order issues are co-ordinated with the planning and movement cells in accordance with mission planning requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The reasons why alert message confirmations are forwarded to the planning cell are explained in accordance with mission planning requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The reasons why mission orders must be updated in terms of supplementary information and changes are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Process airspace booking requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The loss of flying hours is minimised through timeous submission of airspace requirements for approval by the Central Airspace Management Unit (CAMU). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant squadrons are informed of the status of processed requests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The CAMU is informed of the status of allocated airspace in accordance with agreed timelines. 


    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 
  • Names, functions and locations of:

    > Squadrons and related aircraft
    > Bases and related squadron
    > Flight authorisation complex
    > Command and control authorities
  • Purpose of processes and procedures of:

    > Flight authorisation standard operating procedures
    > Sector control centre procedures
    > Central airspace management units (Seamless airspace management processes)
    > Map/navigational route plotting procedures
    > Identification procedures
  • Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:

    > Area of Operational Responsibilities
    > Air Picture Display System
    > Ground Command and Control System
    > National security concepts
    > Objectivity
    > Punctuality
    > Security culture of the military environment
    > Stakeholders and their rights
  • Cause and effect, implications of:

    > The advantages and disadvantages of security compliance and non-compliance
    > The responsibility and accountability for security (personnel, personal, document, Information Computer Technology and physical and material)
    > Security breaches
    > Restrictions and limitations (NOTAM, AIP and AIC)
    > Security clearance
    > Identifying and describing the following of the authorisation cycle
  • Categories of things, processes, concepts:

    > Categorisation of taskings/flight plans
    > Aviation Safety
    > Terrain clearances/limitations
    > NOTAM 's
    > Domains of security (personnel, personal, document, Information Computer Technology and physical and material)
    > Levels of security
    > Contingency measures (personnel, personal, document, Information Computer Technology and physical and material)
    > Security competence
    > Classification of information
    > Counter measures (personnel, personal, document, Information Computer Technology and physical and material)
    > The need for a regulatory framework
    > Secrecy
    > Handling of classified information
    > Reliability
    > Punctuality
    > Integrity
  • Procedures and techniques:

    > Departmental procedures, methods and techniques
    > Procedures of military flying activities (personnel, personal, document, Information Computer Technology and physical and material)
    > Code of conduct
    > Reporting incidents
    > Formulating statistics
  • Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies:

    > The constitution of South Africa
    > The relevant legislation relating to military environment
    > Aviation related rules and regulations
    > Departmental policies and directives
    > The Code of Conduct
    > Agreements with clients
    > Memoranda of Understanding
    > Law of Armed Conflict
  • Theory - rules, laws, principles:

    > Laws of propagation
    > Meteorology
    > Airspace dimensions, corridors etc
    > Terminology
    > Aviation/Flying safety
    > Flight authorisation practise
    > Unique characteristics of flight authorisation
  • Relationships, systems between:

    > ICAO
    > ATNS
    > AFCP and Sector Control Centre
    > Aeronautical messages
    > The individual, organisation and the state impacting on flight authorisation practise
    > Squadrons, mission controllers and air traffic controllers 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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 
    Terminology

    Terms used in this unit standard are generic to the military and aviation industries.

    In particular:
  • Taskings means missions allocated to a particular squadron via the Ground Command and Control System (GCCS).
  • Cells means different sub-sections performing different roles and functions within a Sector Control Centre.

    Abbreviations:

    NOTAM: Notice to airman
    AIP: Aeronautical Information Publication
    AIC: Aeronautical Information Circular
    AFI: Air Force Instruction
    ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization
    ATNS: Air Traffic Navigation System
    AFCP: Air Force Command Post
    CAMU: Central Airspace Management Unit

    Notes to assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies.Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49853   National Diploma: Defensive Mission Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-09-17  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  63309   National Certificate: Defensive Mission Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  58581   National Certificate: Air Traffic Support  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  58023   National Diploma: Aircraft Piloting  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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