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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor and operate navigation aid systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230199  Monitor and operate navigation aid systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Aerospace Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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  12 
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 
The qualifying learner will be capable of Monitoring and Operating Navigation Aid Systems used for Air Traffic Management.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Operating the Navigation Aid System.
  • Monitoring system performance.
  • Re-configuring and restoring Navigation Aid Systems.
  • Evaluating the impact of equipment failures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range of Navigation Aid Systems includes, but are not limited to:
  • An integrated network of VHF Omni directional Radio Range equipment (VOR), Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), VHF Direction Finding Equipment (VDF), Non-Directional Radio Beacons (NDB) and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Operate the Navigation Aid System. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The extent, purpose and location of all components of the Navigation Aid System being monitored and operated is described according to organisational operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operation of maintenance positions and remote control monitoring and maintenance systems employed in the Navigation Aid System being monitored and operated is demonstrated in accordance with the manufacturer's technical manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Technical instructions pertaining to Navigation Aid Systems and Service Level Agreements with Air Traffic Control are understood and followed in accordance with Quality Management System procedures and the ICAO recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Support contracts in place are explained and access to contact people is demonstrated using examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor system performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The status, configuration and functionality is established of all local and remote components of the Navigation Aid System using supervisor positions and remote Control, Monitoring and Maintenance Systems (RCMMS)according to the technical manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Any deviation from status, configuration and functionality standards is recognised and communicated to all role players following organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Alert and error messages and alarm indicators are understood and the appropriate remedial action is taken in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports are generated and logs maintained of the status, configuration and functionality of the Navigation Aid System in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The implications of failing to monitor system performance accurately and consistently are explained using examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Re-configure and restore Navigation Aid Systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature and importance of configuration requirements of the Navigation Aid system is explained according to organisational operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of any configuration changes on the service being provided by the Navigation Aid System is explained using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Re-configuration of Local and remote Navigation Aid equipment is carried out using maintenance positions and RCMMS. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Re-configuration includes, but is not limited to: stand-by channels, redundant processing systems and alternate routes for data links to remote sites.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Configuration changes are co-ordinated with Air Traffic Controllers and other role players according to organisational operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Maintenance positions and RCMMS are used to restore local and remote Navigation Aid Systems by means of software restoration, equipment reset and redundant component selection in accordance with the technical manual. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate the impact of equipment failures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The inter-relationship between components of the Navigation Aid System being monitored and operated and the manner in which the total system is utilised by Air Traffic Controllers and pilots is explained using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance and priority of failures of components of the system are established in accordance with organisational operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance and significance of equipment failures are communicated to Air Traffic Controllers and technical support personnel according to organisational operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The appropriate remedial action for failure restoration is initiated in accordance with organisational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Service Level Agreement in place between Air Traffic Control and Technical Support for Navigation Aid systems.
  • Service Level Agreements in place with service providers and equipment manufactures.
  • ICAO recommendations and practices pertaining to Navigation Aid systems.
  • Maintenance theory and the concepts of reliability, availability and maintainability.
  • Air routes and the impact of Navigation Aid System serviceability on the safety of air navigation along these routes.
  • National ATM Navigation System architecture. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when carrying out fault diagnosis thereby ensuring that appropriate remedial actions are initiated for the effective restoration of failed or defective components of Navigation Aid Systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when liaising with Air Traffic Controllers and other role players when re-configuring, resetting and restoring Navigation Aid system components. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively ensuring that information communicated via technical reports is accurately recorded in a neat and logical format that can be readily accessed and understood by end-users and that ongoing oral communication is maintained with Air Traffic Control during the monitoring and operation of Navigation Aid systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence by applying knowledge and understanding of scientific processes to the correct use of sophisticated, high technology test equipment and diagnostic systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the role of the technician is a vital part of the Navigation Aid System which is used by Air Traffic Control, Airline Pilots and the flying community at large and as such should therefore not be regarded as a role which is performed in isolation of this network. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a relevant qualification at a minimum of NQF level 6. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57229   National Certificate: Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Aviation Training Academy 



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