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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct mission control for recovery control profiles 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120056  Conduct mission control for recovery control profiles 
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 control an aeroplane after a mission for a recovery control profile.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic approach control procedures
  • Demonstrate understanding of radar control procedures
  • Demonstrate understanding of recovery control techniques
  • Control recovery profiles
  • Positively hand over control of aircraft 

  • 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
  • Communicating on a radio
  • Conducting mission control for combat profiles
  • Conducting mission control for practice patterns 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard includes normal, economical and operational situations.

    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 
    Demonstrate understanding of basic approach control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    General approach control procedures are explained in terms of prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Inbound clearances are explained in terms of influencing factors. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Influencing factors include handover criteria, meteorological factors, terrain clearance and airspace dimensions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures for arriving aircraft are explained in terms of approach control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Procedures for departing aircraft are explained in terms of approach control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Instrument approaches are explained in terms of approach control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Liaison procedures with Air Traffic Service Unit (ATSU) are explained in terms of radio telephony procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Radio telephony procedures include components of essential traffic information and the format of estimates.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of radar control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Radar control is explained in terms of prescripts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes identification, positive control, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards, mission control safety rules, terrain clearance and position reports.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Radar separation minima are explained in terms of factors requiring increased separations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes radar equipment failure, communication failure, weather.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Secondary surveillance radar (SSR) is explained in terms of radar control procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Radar control procedures include different mode and code applications and effects.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of recovery control techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Geometry of recovery profiles are explained in terms of the calculated dive-circle. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes geographical position, altitude, heading, speed and hand-over criteria.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The phases of the selected recovery profile are initiated in terms of a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recovery profiles are described in terms of flight conditions in a given scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes fuel level, meteorological conditions, aircraft performance, terrain clearance, aircraft limitations, distance to hand-over point, safety-lane considerations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential emergency scenarios are assessed in terms of their impact on the mission. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergency scenarios include communication failure, engine failure, electrical failure, hydraulic failure, compass error/failure, airframe damage, armament malfunction, fuel transfer anomalies and mid air collisions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Actions required to handle the scenario are explained in terms of minimising the impact of the emergency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Maintaining calm and presence of mind is explained in relation to personal safety, survival and well-being of others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The risks associated with night flying are described in terms of the impact on the profile. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes manoeuvrability, disorientation, fatigue, visibility, differing light conditions, recovery aids, diversion airfields, weather, terrain clearance.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Situational awareness is described in terms of factors that may influence the mission outcome and flight conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes safety, tactical considerations and environmental conditions.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide positive control of recovery profiles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Geometry of recovery profiles are applied in terms of the calculated dive-circle. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dive circle calculations include geographical position, altitude, heading, speed and hand-over criteria.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The phases of recovery profiles are identified in terms of a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recovery profiles are executed in terms of flight conditions in a given scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes fuel level, meteorological conditions, aircraft performance, terrain clearance, aircraft limitations, distance to hand-over point, safety-lane considerations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Actions to resolve an emergency are conducted in terms of minimising the impact on the mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Circumstances and factors are evaluated in terms of the mission outcome and flight conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Circumstances and factors include safety, tactical considerations and environmental conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Control and liaison communication is conducted in terms of prescribed radio telephony procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Hand over control of aeroplane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Controlled aeroplanes are handed over in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of flight safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Control and Liaison communication is conducted in terms of prescribed radiotelephony procedures. 


    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:

    > Mission control rules and regulations
    > Operational environment and area of operational responsibility
    > Location of all military assets and readiness states
    > Ground and air based systems
    > Command and control authorities
  • Purpose of processes and procedures of:

    > Mission controlling functions
    > Identification
    > Obtain inbound clearance from ATSU
    > Positive control
    > Tactical considerations
    > Dive circle principles
    > Terrain clearances
    > In-flight Command and Control
    > Platform limitations
    > Emergencies
    > Air Picture Display Systems
    > Communication liaison
    > Airspace rules and regulations
    > Handover to other ATSU
    > Night/day operations
  • Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:

    > Airspace dimensions and limitations
    > Terrain clearances
    > Final approach types
    > Preparation and planning
    > Aviation safety
    > Radar and radio systems
    > Airborne platforms
    > Other flying activities
    > Concentration
    > Multiple calculations
    > Military/national security concepts
    > Objectivity
    > Timely decision making
    > Security culture of the military environment
    > Stakeholders and their rights
  • Cause and effect, implications of:

    > Aircraft emergencies
    > ECM, ECCM on radar, radio & airborne platforms
    > ESM
    > Integrated system relationships
    > Ground base Air Defence systems
    > Airspace dimensions/limitations
    > Safety lanes
    > Selected descend profile (operational, economical, normal)
    > Meteorological conditions
    > Runway limitations
    > The responsibility and accountability for security (personnel, personal, document, Information Computer Technology and physical and material)
    > Security breaches
    > Restrictions and limitations (Air Force/operational restrictions, standing instructions, standard operating procedures, aircraft performance)
    > Security clearance
  • Categories of things, processes, concepts:

    > Hand-over point calculations
    > Aircraft identification
    > Aircraft performance capabilities/limitations
    > Radar
    > Radio
    > Electronic warfare
    > Airspace dimensions and limitations
    > Meteorology
    > Aerodynamics
    > 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:

    > Identification
    > Positive control
    > Planning and execution
    > Radar and visual approach techniques
    > Selection of descend profile
    > Recovery techniques
    > Dive circle calculations
    > In-flight reports
    > Emergencies
    > Fuel management
    > Aviation safety
  • Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies:

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

    > War
    > Aviation rules and regulations
    > Approach control procedures
    > Interception geometry
    > Dive circle calculations
    > Aerodynamics
    > Meteorology
    > Terminology
    > NATO/SAAF Brevity
  • Relationships, systems between:

    > Mobile and static systems
    > All levels of command
    > Other ATSU
    > Other air traffic
    > Joint operations
    > Airspace limitations (restricted areas, corridors, active bombing ranges etc)
    > Aircraft limitations and performance levels (speed, climb, descend etc) 

  • 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:
  • Instrument approaches means using instrumentation when visual contact is not possible.
  • Calculated dive-circle is the point where the descent is initiated during a recovery profile.
  • Hand-over criteria is a given clearance from the air traffic control services.

    Abbreviations:

    ATSU: Air Traffic Service Unit
    ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization
    SSR: Secondary Surveillance Radar
    SAAF: South African Air Force
    NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
    ECM: Electronic Counter Measures
    ECCM: Electronic Counter Counter Measures
    ESM: Electronic Surveillance Measures

    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  63309   National Certificate: Defensive Mission Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    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 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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