AVAT12009 - Commercial Pilot Licence Navigation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with knowledge of navigational procedures applicable to light commercial aircraft operations. You will learn the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence Navigation Syllabus. You will learn the form of the Earth including latitude and longitude, magnetic and true poles, and directions. By reference to an aeronautical chart and the various chart projections, you will learn how to navigate an airplane. You will learn to convert between Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and local mean and standard times. You will also be able to use a navigation computer to convert between various airspeeds and ground speeds and perform critical point calculations.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must meet all requisites:

1. AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge OR (AVAT11012 Aviation Practice AND AVAT11013 Introduction to Aviation); AND

2. AVAT11005 Flight Fundamentals; AND

3. AVAT11010 Aviation Safety Fundamentals OR AVAT11007 Flight Planning, Performance and Operation.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 30%
2. Written Assessment 10%
3. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 2.56% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Lack of adequate information on Moodle site.
Detailed information related to assessment tasks, assessment return and feedback will be included in Moodle.
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This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
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Assessment feedback was insufficient/unclear.
Assessment rubric and feedback format to be updated to make it easier to provide detailed feedback.
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This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
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Assessment was not returned on time.
Change assessment due dates to align better with UC/marker availability.
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This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
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Student engagement was low.
Develop and provide more interactive tutorials.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competencies on the Navigation components of CPL (Commercial Pilot License); as detailed in Schedule 3 of Part 61, MOS (Manual of Standards) of CASR (Civil Aviation Safety Regulations)
  2. Plan and plot a three-leg navigation exercise on a World Aeronautical Chart and provide the flight plan details including various airspeeds and ground speeds for the exercise to be completed in flight
  3. Describe the various global navigation chart projections and their use on national flights
  4. Convert time zones to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Local Mean Time (LMT), and Local Sidereal Time (LST)
  5. Explain the operation and limitations of radio navigation aids
  6. Discuss the altimetry procedures used on national flights
  7. Calculate critical points for normal and asymmetric operations.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
9 - Social Innovation
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