Course

Course Summary
Credit Type:
Course
ACE Course Number:
FAA-0632
Organization Course Number:
FAA-0632
Location:
Classroom-based
Length:
5-weeks (200 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 air traffic management
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 air traffic control
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 aviation meteorology
Description

Objective:

The course objective is to teach basic air traffic skills in order to prepare them for option-specific skill training. The Air Traffic Basics course is designed for newly hired air traffic control specialists hired either competitively or through the cooperative education program. The course covers basic subjects that are prerequisite to option-specific skill training. There are no prerequisites for the course. The primary methods of instruction are lecture supplemented by embedded questions and discussion points, video segments, animation, two- and three-dimensional graphics, student handouts, and individual and group exercises

Learning Outcomes:

  • The Air Traffic Basics course is designed for newly hired air traffic control specialists hired either competitively or through the cooperative education program. The course covers basic subjects that are prerequisite to option-specific skill training. There are no prerequisites for the course. The primary methods of instruction are lecture supplemented by embedded questions and discussion points, video segments, animation, two- and three-dimensional graphics, student handouts, and individual and group exercises
  • Identify elements of the National Airspace System (NAS)
  • Identify the role of the Traffic Management System (TMS) within the NAS.
  • Identify the purpose and responsibilities of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) System.
  • Identify the primary functions and associated position responsibilities (to include interrelationships between positions) of Tower Team.
  • Identify the primary functions and associated position responsibilities (to include interrelationships between positions) of En route sector team.
  • Understand the principles of Crew Resource Management.
  • understand key elements of human factors.
  • Understand the role teamwork plays in the National Air Space.
  • Identify areas of an airport.
  • Identify airport marking aids and signs and airport lighting
  • Identify basic holding procedures.
  • Identify basic minimum requirements for vertical separation and non-radar lateral separation.
  • Identify basic minimum requirements for non-radar longitudinal separation.
  • Identify methods of disseminating airmen’s information.
  • Identify responsibilities for reporting NOTAMs.
  • Identify types of NOTAMs.
  • Identify the uses and characteristics of primary and secondary radar.
  • Identify primary and secondary sources of lift.
  • Identify relative wind.
  • Identify aircraft
  • Identify classes of airspace and their uses.
  • Identify Special Use Airspace
  • Identify general flight rules.
  • Identify selected provisions of VFR and IFR flight rules concerning flight plans.
  • Identify selected provisions of VFR and IFR flight rules concerning aircraft operations.
  • Identify selected provisions of VFR and IFR flight rules concerning pilot’s responsibilities
  • Identify selected provisions of VFR and IFR flight rules concerning supplemental oxygen requirements.
  • Identify basic methods of navigation, basic calculations for time, speed, and distance, effects of wind on flight, and effects of altitude and temperature on speed.
  • Compute aircraft time, speed, and distance.
  • Identify the types, characteristics and components of radio and satellite navigation aids.
  • Identify characteristics of airways and routes.
  • Identify characteristics and uses of aircraft instrumentation.
  • Identify physiological factors affecting flight.
  • Identify the purpose, contents and specific items and information related to Sectional Aeronautical Charts, VFR Terminal Area Charts, and Chart Supplement.
  • Identify the purpose, contents, specific items and information for the following En Route charts: Low Altitude, High Altitude, and IFR Area.
  • Identify the purpose, types, contents, and specific items and information of SIDs.
  • Identify the purpose, types, contents, and specific items and information of STARs.
  • Identify the characteristics and effects of hazardous weather that impact aviation
  • Identify the contents of METARs/SPECI, including associated contractions and terms.
  • Identify the purpose of Center Weather Advisory (CWA).
  • Identify the purpose, uses and contents of Pilot Weather Reports (PIREPs).
  • Identify how to record and decode Pilot Weather Reports (PIREPs) given various examples.
  • Identify information necessary to handle an emergency.
  • Identify the roles, responsibilities, and procedures of search and rescue.
  • Identify coordination procedures.
  • Identify the purpose and steps of the position relief briefing.
  • Identify ATC clearance items and their sequence.
  • Identify purpose and legal requirements of flight progress strips.
  • Identify meaning of selected abbreviations and symbols used in strip marking.
  • Identify content requirements of selected blocks in terminal and en route strips.
  • Identify ways to manage fatigue.

General Course Topics:

  • Publication
  • Air traffic control (ATC) system and national airspace system (NAS)
  • Airports
  • Orders and manuals
  • LOAs and SOPs: *ELT has matching
  • Identify the purpose and content of letters of agreement (LOAs)
  • Airspace: identify classes of airspace and their uses
  • Code of federal regulations (CFRs)
  • Title 14, CFR Part 91
  • Basic communications Part 1
  • Principles of flight
  • Aircraft characteristics and recognition
  • Pilot's environment
  • Introduction to wake turbulence
  • Fundamentals of radar and surveillance
  • Basic navigation
  • Rad/Sat navigation
  • Separation
  • VFR charts
  • En route IFR charts
  • Stripmarking
  • NOTAMs
  • Emergencies
  • Search and rescue
  • Fundamentals of weather
  • Hazardous weather
  • Forecasts and advisories
  • Pilot weather reports (PIREPs)
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

70%
Supplemental Materials