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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Produce aircraft load-sheets 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252122  Produce aircraft load-sheets 
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  16 
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 
Persons credited with unit standard are able to use supporting systems and applications as well as reference material to source a range of load data, perform loadsheet calculations, identify and maintain the optimum aircraft centre of gravity and determine the position of the trimmable horizontal stabiliser for take-off in order to ensure the safe and optimal loading of aircraft. Learners will be capable of compiling automated and manual loadsheets as well as manual trimsheets.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Compiling and generating manual and automated loadsheets.
  • Generating a Loading Instruction Report.
  • Calculating a manual aircraft trimsheet. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Unit Standard: Calculate and adjust aircraft weight and balance parameters.
  • Unit Standard ID: 120157: Demonstrate understanding of aeroplane loading. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Compile a manual loadsheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Aircraft data is sourced in order to determine which data is applicable for the specific aircraft type and configuration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Aircraft operating weights and load figures are obtained and incorporated into the loadsheet calculations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Aircraft Operating weights includes ramp, taxi, take off, landing, zero fuel and maximum allowed take off, maximum certified and structural weights.
  • Load includes water, fuel, accepted passenger, cargo and mail.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The total operating weight is compared with the aircraft structural design weights to ensure that the aircraft structural design weight is not exceeded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of exceeding the aircraft operating and structural design weights are explained in terms of safe flight operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Excess weight and volumetric capacity are calculated and recorded to provide for possible load demand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Loadsheet and notification to pilot in command (NOTOC) are compiled and dispatched to roleplayers to act upon. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Generate an automated loadsheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A flight record is created in order to initiate the loadsheet calculation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of illegal access and usage of a Departure Control System is explained in terms of flight safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The booked passenger, cargo and mail load are recorded according to specific aircraft type and configuration. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Recorded includes accounting for, reviewing and adjusting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Traffic load and operating data are captured to complete the calculation matrix. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Aircraft hold/seating configuration is matched to accommodate the load booked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Unit load devices are determined in terms of booked load and aircraft specific load configuration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Optimum aircraft weight and balance parameters are verified to ensure the safe load and balance of the flight to be operated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Loadsheet and notification to pilot in command (NOTOC) are compiled and dispatched to roleplayers to act upon. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Generate a Loading Instruction Report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Load is prioritized to facilitate off-loading decisions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Load is distributed according to Standard Operating Procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Loading Instruction Report is compiled and dispatched to loading staff according to Standard Operating Procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Optimum aircraft centre of gravity condition is determined in compliance with operational efficiency, safety and legal requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Calculate aircraft trim manually, according to aircraft type. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Aircraft type includes but is not limited to model, configuration and operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dry operating index is calculated and transferred to the trim sheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Passenger, cargo and mail weight is distributed in order to ensure that the Zero Fuel Weight Index is within the operator's Zero Fuel Weight envelope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The position of the trimmable horizontal stabiliser is determined based on take-off weight in order to maintain the centre of gravity within operational envelope. 


    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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Aviation terminology.
  • The nature, purpose and content of aircraft, passenger and cargo load data.
  • Uses and value of manual and automated loadsheets, Loading Instruction Reports and manual aircraft trimsheets and related calculations.
  • Safety and legal requirements applicable to manual and automated loadsheets and manual aircraft trimsheets.
  • The role of traffic load distribution in optimising aircraft capacity, performance and revenue. 

  • 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 verifying optimum aircraft weight and balance parameters and adjusting the flight record to accommodate booked load and aircraft specific load configuration and re-distributing the load if the Zero Fuel Weight Index is not within the envelope. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to compile and generate manual and automated loadsheets. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in the process of compiling and dispatching the loadsheet and notification to pilot (NOTOC) to roleplayers to act upon. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to gather, capture, store and process information and data for determining the optimum aircraft centre of gravity condition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the calculation of the manual aircraft trim sheet is done according to the aircraft type, model, configuration and operation. 

    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 
    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  59256   National Diploma: Flight Dispatch  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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