ATPL Navigation

ATPL Navigation (ANAV)

This subject builds on the CPL navigation exam and includes material that was included in the CPL navigation course. In addition to the material covered in the CPL course, knowledge required is expanded to a greater depth. This subject also builds on information studied during the IREX course, particularly with regard to the navigation systems and the rules for operating under the instrument flight rules (IFR).

There are essentially 2 aspects to the ANAV exam: 

  • Practical Navigation:
    • This is not based on any specific aircraft type. 
    • Problem solving is required in a number of areas:
      • Wind calculations
      • Chart convergence
      • Time zone calculations
      • Altitude calculations
      • Airspeed and Mach number calculations
      • Navigation position fixing
      • Mapping techniques
      • Flight diversions
      • Practical use of navigation aids
      • Critical points (CP) (on track and off track)
      • Point of no return (PNR) and latest point of safe diversion (LPSD)
      • General application of basic navigation techniques
  • Navigation theory
    • This includes basic instrumentation and navigation aids as well as some of the more sophisticated instruments and navigation systems that are likely to be fitted to a transport category aircraft.

Course duration and structure

The time allocated to this course to ensure that candidates are well prepared for the CASA exam is 2-3 weeks. The course material is presented during the first 1.5 weeks of the course, during which the workbook provided for classwork will be filled out. This workbook corresponds to the class presentations. On completion of the coursework this then effectively becomes the textbook for study and reference. The workbook also includes numerous exercises designed to build skill and accuracy. 

A further 1-2 weeks is provided as part of the course to allow for the completion and debriefing of numerous online practice tests and practice exams. These are the equivalent to more than 17 practice exams to be completed that should ensure that candidates are well practiced in handling exam style questions. The debriefing process is critical to ensure that errors are eliminated prior to sitting the CASA exam. Participating in a class discussion of completed questions is very helpful to highlight common errors and to develop strategies to best answer exam questions.

Some candidates are not able to take enough time off work to allocate a 2-3 week block of time. For those candidates, although it is not ideal, it is possible to attend the 2 week full time course, and then to work through the practice questions at their own pace, getting tutorial assistance as required.

After completing all the practice questions with a view to developing accuracy, candidates can re-sit the exercises and exams to improve speed in preparation for the CASA Flight Planning exam.

Benefits of this course

Candidates who enrol in this course get to participate in an interactive learning environment with other classmates while learning the processes and fine points required to pass what can be a challenging exam.

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