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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Direct and control aircraft from a surface vessel 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259577  Direct and control aircraft from a surface vessel 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime 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  20 
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 is intended for learners within the Sovereignty of the State sub-field who wish to work in the maritime environment as a warfare operations officer on a warship. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills to direct aircraft safely and accurately to pre-determined destinations.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will contribute to the preservation of human life and the defence of South African warships, territorial waters and/or area of responsibility, thus providing a safer and secure society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aviation organisations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft and aviation safety procedures and programmes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft capabilities and limitations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of airspace management and onboard launch and recovery procedures.
  • Provide joining information to inbound helicopters.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft missions and naval tactics for fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft under warfare conditions.
  • Direct aircraft to pre-determined points to achieve mission aim. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of aviation organisations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Aviation organisation includes:
  • Types of aircraft control and associated control grading. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the functions and relationships of flight organisations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of structure of South African air spaces and sub-Saharan flight information regions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of altimetry procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of the elements of the flight planning system in terms of purpose, requirements for lodgement and the requirements for compliance and termination of a flight plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Designated mountainous terrain in South African is identified and described with reference to its effects on weather and flight paths. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft and aviation safety procedures and programmes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of naval aviation terminology and definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the philosophy behind aviation safety concepts with reference to fundamental standards and accident prevention as well as principles of individual and collective responsibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the principles pertaining to the administration of flight authorisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of the physical factors governing aerodynamic principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors include:
  • Viscosity, density and compressibility, speed, direction, laminar and turbulent airflow, pressure.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A description is given of ship/helicopter operating limits with reference to the capabilities and limitations of both under different sea states and weather conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A description is given with regards to the general principles of aviation safety with reference to airspace construction and management, flight authorisation, joining and handover procedures and conventions and instrument and visual meteorological conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A description is given with regards to control rules in terms of different control types. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft capabilities and limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of own maritime air assets capabilities, limitations, roles and employment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of vessel personnel required for helicopter operations in terms of their role and responsibilities for each helicopter and operation type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of how personnel are activated to their stations for air asset reception/departure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Joining and/or manoeuvring instructions are issued to vessel personnel. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of airspace management and onboard launch and recovery procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of handover procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of right of way rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of transfer of control responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of the requirements of pre-flight briefing and pre-flight checks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A description is given of different flying stations with reference to operating conditions and required readiness of vessel and personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A description is given of different aircraft alert states. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A description is given of different controlled approaches. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    A description is given of recovery procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    A description is given of the process of dealing with aircraft emergencies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Provide joining information to inbound helicopters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Deck check information is provided to the inbound helicopter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Instructions are issued for adjustments to maintain the vessel within operating limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Weather information is communicated to the inbound helicopter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information of other contacts with respect to position and movement are provided to the inbound helicopter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The inbound course of the helicopter is monitored and heading corrections provided as required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    All communications with the helicopter are brief, to the point and comply with accepted terminology. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft missions and naval tactics for fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft under warfare conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the advantages and disadvantages of helicopter employment in anti-surface warfare. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of the principles of command and control for helicopter employment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the concept of helicopter employment in anti-surface warfare as well as conditions for effective employment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of Over the Horizon Targeting (OTHT) with reference to the target reporting unit and the exchange of over the horizon targeting information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An explanation is given of the concept of fixed wing employment in anti-surface warfare as well as conditions for effective employment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A description is given of the conducting of fixed wing operations with reference to key stages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    An explanation is given of attack aircraft characteristics and tactics in a naval context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Direct aircraft to pre-determined points to achieve mission aim. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The earth and its divisions are considered when directing aircraft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Aircraft direction, bearings, speeds, time, and altimetry are considered when directing aircraft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The limitations and accuracy of aviation navigation systems are considered when directing aircraft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Radar information is interpreted so as to assist with the directing of aircraft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Radar vectoring is applied which is appropriate to aircraft performance, intended route and environmental factors. 


    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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Directing aircraft to pre-determined points to achieve mission aim. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The provision of information to inbound helicopters.
  • The directing of aircraft to pre-determined points. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Directing aircraft to pre-determined points to achieve mission aim. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Aircraft missions and naval tactics for fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft under warfare conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Providing joining information to inbound helicopters.
  • Directing aircraft to pre-determined points to achieve mission aim. 

  • 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
    Elective  64129   National Certificate: Warship Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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