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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate, analyse, interpret and communicate information for aerodrome traffic planning 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244198  Evaluate, analyse, interpret and communicate information for aerodrome traffic planning 
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  15 
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 
A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and limited application of data analysis methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and limited application of air traffic control modelling methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and limited application of basic methods used for presenting and communicating data and analysis results.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic approach control procedures.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic radar control procedures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • 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 and limited application of data analysis methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data is verified and validated through the application of data analysis methods. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Data accuracy, Data integrity, Validation methods, triangulation with other sources, critical evaluation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Summary statistics and tabulations are produced using basic statistical analysis methods and concepts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Averages, ranges, variance, Percentages, Cross-tabulations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Simple time series analyses are performed using basic calculations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Trend analysis, Growth rates.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An analysis is performed to compare and contrast various data sources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge and limited application of air traffic control modelling methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Modelling of traffic demand and supply of air traffic control services are explained in terms of their relevance in the planning process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Modelling includes but is not limited to mental modelling, statistical modelling.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic methods and concepts used in air traffic control modelling are explained in terms of their application of the methods in a defined context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Basic methods and concepts include but are not limited to relationships between flight generation, flight progress strips, flight distribution, conflict identification.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A basic short-term sketch planning method is correctly applied by explaining how to solve a particular modelling problem for a local example. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge and limited application of basic methods used for presenting and communicating data and analysis results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Correct selection and application of methods are demonstrated for presenting and communicating data to decision makers and interested parties. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Graphs, charts, Spatial (maps), Tables, Networks, Presentations, Web pages.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Air Traffic control data and analysis results are used to motivate alternative solutions to problems within a defined context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic methods and concepts used in systematic evaluation are discussed to assess alternative solutions to air traffic control problems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Collate & compare (e.g. prioritisation), Safety evaluation, Recommendations and motivation of preferred option.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Feedback of information is received from stakeholders and integrated into the planning approach. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate understanding of basic approach control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic approach control procedures are explained in terms relevance to aerodrome control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Procedures for arriving, departing and overflying aircraft are explained in terms of approach control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instrument approaches are explained in terms of approach control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Liaison procedures with other Air Traffic Service Unit (ATSU) are explained in terms of air traffic management. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Liaison procedures include but are not limited to joining clearances, traffic sequencing, IMC and VMC, flight rules.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate understanding of basic radar control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Radar surveillance is explained in terms of its use in aerodrome control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Radar separation minima are explained in terms its influence on air traffic management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Radar utilisation is explained in terms of its application in air traffic management. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Radar includes but is not limited to Primary Radar, Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR), Ground Movement Radar.
     


    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 
  • Role and performance of different types of aircraft operating in the airspace.
  • Make, model and characteristics of different types of aircraft.
  • Air traffic services administrative process.
  • Air traffic services co-ordination procedures.
  • Aeronautical messages.
  • Air traffic control system, coordination and transfer of control.
  • Meteorological phenomena.
  • Meteorological maps and charts.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Aviation legislation.
  • Aircraft emergency equipment.
  • Navigational principles.
  • Regulatory framework.
  • Responsibilities of aerodrome control.
  • Aerodrome control within an ATZ.
  • Aerodrome control within a CTR in VMC and IMC.
  • Loss of communication.
  • Taking over watch.
  • Selection of runway-in-use.
  • Crosswind component.
  • Positions in the aerodrome taxi and traffic circuit.
  • Order of priority for arriving and departing aircraft.
  • Control of taxiing aircraft.
  • Control of persons and vehicles on the manoeuvring area.
  • Control of traffic in the circuit and joining.
  • Aerodrome Traffic Separations.
  • Wake turbulence separation.
  • Exemptions from separation minima.
  • Rules Applicable to pilots operating on and in the vicinity of an aerodrome.
  • Information related to the operation of aircraft.
  • Aerodrome control procedures applicable:

    > Prior to taxiing for take off.
    > Prior to take off.
    > Prior to entering the traffic circuit.
    > Essential local traffic.
    > Obstructed runway.
    > Wake turbulence and jet blast hazards.
    > Abnormal aircraft configuration and operation.
  • Reporting of windshear.
  • Aerodrome safety services.
  • Runway visual range.
  • Low visibility procedures.
  • Notification of hazardous surface wind conditions.
  • Essential information on special phenomena.
  • Visual signals for the control of aerodrome traffic.
  • Suspension and resumption of VFR operations.
  • Aerodrome inspections.
  • Marking of temporary obstructions.
  • Operation of aeronautical lights.
  • Period of operation.
  • PAPI.
  • Runway and taxiway lights.
  • Approach lights.
  • Aerodrome obstruction lights.
  • Liaison with Approach control and Area control.
  • Liaison with Meteorological services.
  • Use of Radar in the provision of Aerodrome Control.
  • Collision avoidance information.
  • Parallel and cross-runway operations.
  • Search and Rescue.
  • Overdue action by aerodrome control.
  • Utilisation of Direction finding equipment.
  • Radio guard.
  • Speech technique.
  • RT callsigns for ATC units.
  • 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 Aerodrome control.
  • Use of flight progress strips.
  • Progress board layout.
  • Scanning of flight progress strips.
  • Co-ordination with other ATSUs.
  • Transfer of communications and control from area control.
  • OCT.
  • EAT.
  • Procedures for departing aircraft.
  • General application of RVSM related to Aerodrome Control.
  • Turbo-prop and turbo-jet aircraft operations.
  • Outbound clearances.
  • Loss of communication procedures.
  • Procedures for arriving aircraft.
  • Information to arriving aircraft.
  • Holding and approach sequence.
  • Approaches maintaining VMC.
  • Visual approaches. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Identify alternative methods for communicating/transmitting information when communication equipment failure is experienced.
  • Monitor the status of air traffic services facilities, identify and report facilities which have become unserviceable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    All information is verified and confirmed prior to distribution. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Maintain communication with Air Traffic Controllers and provide required information relevant to developing situations.
  • All equipment breakdown/failure is immediately reported to appropriate personnel to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted flow of information.
  • Prioritise and communicate information by order of importance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Computer systems are used correctly to process accurate flight data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Recognise the importance of providing efficient and effective support in an air traffic service environment. 

    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:
  • SASAR: South African Search and Rescue Organisation.
  • SAR: Search and Rescue.
  • ATS: Air Traffic Service.
  • ATSU: Air Traffic Service Unit.
  • IMC: Instrument MET conditions.
  • VMC: Visual MET conditions.
  • SSR: Secondary Surveillance Radar.
  • ATZ: Aerodrome traffic zone.
  • CTR: Control zone.
  • VFR: Visual flight rules.
  • PAPI: Precision approach path indicator.
  • RT: Radiotelephony.
  • ATC: Air traffic control.
  • ATSU: Air traffic service unit.
  • OCT: Onward clearance time.
  • EAT: Expected approach time.
  • RVSM: Reduced vertical separation minima. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58580   National Certificate: Aerodrome Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 


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