|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|National Diploma: Flight Dispatch|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|59256||National Diploma: Flight Dispatch|
|SGB Aerospace Operations|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|TETA - Transport Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Diploma||Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences||Physical Sciences|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||248||Level 5||NQF Level 05||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners and education and training providers with the standards required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the flight dispatch environment. The qualification will be useful to both new entrants into the service, and existing workers in the sector. For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification can be used in the recognition of prior learning process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training. For the new entrant, this qualification will give them the opportunity to orient themselves within a new sector, and to develop and balance their practical skills with the essential knowledge needed to earn a formal qualification in flight operations without formal education becoming an impassable barrier. For education and training providers, this qualification provides guidance for the development of appropriate learning programmes and assessment documentation.
For employers, this qualification enables skills gaps to be identified and addressed ensuring that a safe and efficient flight dispatch environment is supported and maintained. The combination of learning outcomes that comprise this qualification will provide the qualifying learner with vocational knowledge and skills appropriate to the context of flight operations. The learner will have an understanding of the flight dispatch environment and how he or she should operate within the legislative, safety and quality systems which govern it. It will also equip learners with a foundation for further academic development, opportunities for gainful employment and reward for contributions to society.
The Qualification aims to equip learners to produce flight dispatch information and monitor operational situations and flight progress in order to ensure the safe and efficient completion of a flight by:
This qualification is aimed at people who work or intend to work within a flight operations environment. Typical candidates will be either career flight dispatchers or persons wishing to progress from other areas of flight operations in to flight dispatch work or from flight dispatch into other areas of flight operations. In the past many practitioners in the flight operations area were denied mobility of employment, as a result of a lack of formal qualifications. The introduction of a unit standards-based National Diploma in Flight Dispatch will allow learners access to such mobility. This qualification will also facilitate the development of a professional community of Flight Dispatchers who are able to contribute towards a safe and efficient flight dispatch environment through the application of enhanced knowledge and skills relating to the production of flight dispatch information to aircrew and the provision of in-flight tactical support. The competencies contained in this qualification are essential for social and economic transformation, empowerment and upliftment within the flight operations environment, whilst simultaneously improving the skills base of the aerospace industry. This qualification facilitates further learning in the aerospace operations environment as well as ensuring compatibility and compliance with international regulations and standards and industry best practice.
This qualification includes learning related to Special Operations and Special Rules Areas include Extended Twin Operations/Long Range Operations (ETOPS/LROPS), Decompression, Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM), Minimal Navigational Performance Specifications (MNPS), Decision Point Procedure (DPP), Re-dispatch Decision Point (RDP), non-normal aircraft configurations, Random Navigation (RNAV), Least Time Track and Mach Number Technique.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Learners accessing this Qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
Access to the Qualification:
This Qualification is open to anyone with access to learning opportunities and exposure in the areas reflected in the exit level outcomes and unit standards, bearing in mind, the learning assumed to be in place.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes from Fundamental, Core and Elective components, totalling 248 credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Demonstrate an understanding of safe practices in the field of aviation.
2. Analyse and apply meteorological and aeronautical information in the flight operations environment.
3. Generate flight operational documentation.
4. Disseminate flight operational data.
5. Provide operational and strategic support to flight crew.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
> Range: Operation refers to route and time of a planned flight.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
> Range: International and national regulations include but are not limited to those prescribed by:
> Current South African legislation.
> FAA (Federal Aviation Authority).
> EASA (European Aviation Safety Authority).
> DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority).
> CAA-SA (Civil Aviation Authority South Africa).
> ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation).
> IATA (International Air Transport Association).
> IOSA (IATA Operational and Safety Audit).
> An operational flight plan is compiled in terms of optimising the route.
> Range: Route optimising includes but is not limited to:
> The evaluation of navigation fee.
> Fuel costs.
> Aircraft flight time related costs.
> Cruise speed constraints.
> Flight time considerations as dictated crew flight and duty limits.
> Slot and aero-political constraints.
> Aircraft type speed limitations and payload restrictions. Also taken into account are the aircraft non-standard configurations.
> Special en-route limits.
> Suitability of en-route alternate aerodromes.
> The rules governing Extended Twin Operations (ETOPS).
> Long Range Operations (LROPS).
> Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM).
> Minimum Navigational Performance Specifications (MNPS) operations.
> Re-dispatch Decision Point (RDP).
> Decision Point Procedure (DPP).
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
> Range: Specifications include but are not limited to National and international Standards.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
> Range: Analysis includes but is not limited to verification for accuracy, currency and precedence.
> Range: Selection takes into account added value based on available information.
The importance of integrated assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and ensure that the purpose of this Qualification is achieved. Both formative and summative assessment methods and strategies are used to ensure that Exit Level outcomes and the purpose of this Qualification are achieved.
Formative assessment is an on-going process which is used to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. It is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner's needs. Feedback from assessment informs both teaching and learning. If the learner has met the assessment criteria then s/he has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.
Summative assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification. Such judgement must include integrated assessment(s) which test the learners' ability to integrate the larger body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the Exit Level Outcomes.
Integrated assessment must be designed to achieve the following:
|The purpose of the international comparability is to ensure the measure in which this Qualification will meet the training standards for ICAO signatories. South Africa as a signatory to ICAO is obliged to comply with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (ISARPS). Thus the comparison is made with the ICAO standards and not with training offered by individual countries.
The following countries are examples of signatories to ICAO and thus this Qualification is indirectly compared to training provided in these countries:
There is currently no qualification available in the SADC community, which satisfactorily addresses the international requirement for relevant formal skills and competency development within the International Civil Aviation Flight Technical Support and Flight Dispatch environments.
Certain member states have Dispatcher licensing requirements and programmes in line with ICAO requirements. However, where licensing is not a requirement ICAO prescribes that training for Dispatchers should be conducted as if it were a requirement. Currently South African Flight Dispatchers are not required to be licensed. However, the SACAA is in the process of formulating ICAO compliant regulations in respect of licensing.
Aircraft manufacturers generally provide training in performance and weight and balance so as to ensure the correct operation of their aircraft. Due to our remote geographic location, South Africa has on occasion been requested to provide training and operational support to other SADC airlines.
The requirement for Dispatcher training and licensing is articulated at length in the following and amongst other relevant documentation:
The deficiencies inherent in the non-application of the ICAO and IOSA Standards are highlighted when IATA member airlines seek to enter into code share agreements with other IATA member carriers. IOSA Standards address and stress at length both adherence to these training and qualification standards and the administration of such training and certification. Non-compliance on the part of a carrier being subjected to audit will negate any code share agreement being concluded.
The IOSA Standards encapsulate not only all the relevant ICAO, FAA and JAA standards and regulations but include all that which is considered by the international aviation community to be reflective of best practice, even that which exceeds the statutory requirements in some cases. European Union States, particularly the Western States, are increasingly introducing ICAO compliant training at industry level.
This Qualification complies with the ICAO specifications as set out in Document 7192 part D3, which has the following subject matter:
As an imperative to both attaining and maintaining international comparability in the context of civil aviation industry related training and qualification, the establishment of a suitable and relevant qualification is well justified. All the contents shown above are either contained in the South African Qualification as Unit Standards or Specific Outcomes within specific Unit Standards. It must also be noted that some of the above content is also found in the learning assumed to be in place.
The South African Qualification places more emphasis on 'Communication' than does the ICAO standards. This is evident in our Fundamental component.
|Horizontal articulation can be found in the following Qualifications:
Vertical articulation can be found in the following Qualifications:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Criteria for the registration of assessors:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||244207||Apply elementary principles of aircraft navigation theory||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||252121||Calculate and adjust aircraft weight and balance parameters||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Core||244201||Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between aircraft flight systems, aerodrome facilities and aeronautical navigation facilities||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Core||120059||Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of operation and use of radio aids in air navigation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||120157||Demonstrate understanding of aeroplane loading||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||2|
|Core||120058||Demonstrate understanding of the principles of navigating an aircraft||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|Core||244206||Describe elementary aerodynamic principles of flight||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||252123||Determine the optimum route for a flight||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Core||120042||Interpret meteorology for aviation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|Core||252124||Monitor a flight and analyse evolving conditions||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||252122||Produce aircraft load-sheets||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||16|
|Core||252127||Produce operational and Air Traffic Service (ATS) flight plans||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||16|
|Core||252120||Provide operational and strategic support for a flight||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||243278||Analyse and apply safety principles in aviation||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||5|
|Fundamental||242706||Analyse problems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||120304||Analyse, interpret and communicate information||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Fundamental||15234||Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||243325||Apply safety principles for flight operations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||15096||Demonstrate an understanding of stress in order to apply strategies to achieve optimal stress levels in personal and work situations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||244209||Demonstrate team resource management within a specific work environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Fundamental||120047||Demonstrate understanding of human performance and limitations in aviation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||120156||Demonstrate understanding of South African Aviation law, International Civil Aviation Organization rules and procedures for small commercial aeroplane operations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Fundamental||120041||Demonstrate understanding of the principles of flight||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Fundamental||15238||Devise and apply strategies to establish and maintain relationships||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Fundamental||115823||Gather and manage information for decision-making||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||12433||Use communication techniques effectively||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||8054||Manage and implement quality assurance systems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||120476||Adhere to professional conduct and organisational ethics||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||15216||Create opportunities for innovation and lead projects to meet innovative ideas||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||15219||Develop and implement a strategy and action plans for a team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||15224||Empower team members through recognising strengths, encouraging participation in decision making and delegating tasks||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||116949||Establish how a value system underpins organisational transformation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Elective||117871||Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||15215||Identify and interpret Best Practice guidelines, and plan for and implement Best Practice within the team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||116926||Implement skills development as workplace learning to support organisational transformation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Elective||114925||Manage learner information using an information management system||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||15230||Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||13237||Optimise the quality assurance system||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||114885||Prepare and communicate a productivity improvement plan for a functional unit||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.