Course detail

General Navigation

FSI-DLGAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject reflects JAA EASA FCL-1, 061, General Navigation requirements for professional traffic pilots. It embodies principles of navigation, Solar system parameters, Earth´s magnetism, magnetic compasses, aeronautical charts, chart projections, dead reckoning, pressure navigation, and inertial navigation. Students will be fully acquainted with aeronautical charts, pilot computers as well as with flight planning and flight navigation procedures.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain necessary knowledge and skill in air navigation practice relevant to the requirements valid for a professional commercial air traffic pilot.


Knowledge of secondary school mathematics and physics is demanded.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course-unit credit test comprises both common and detail questions related to the subject matter. Questions similar to those of the ATPL(A) test are also included. The examination consists of written & oral parts. Evaluation fulfils ECTS rules.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


Students will be acquainted with basic air navigation problems and with the manners how to solve them in practice. All students should be ready to pass the corresponding ATPL(A) No. 061 test.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Both lectures and exercises are based on audio-visual presentations and therefore the full attendance is necessary. Missed lessons can be compensated by consultations or by self-study under the lecturer´s supervision and assistance only.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

EASA ATPL Ground Training Series: General Navigation. Book No 10, EASA-First Edition, Revised for NPA29. United Kingdom: CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, 2020 (EN)
KULČÁK, L., STAVOVČÍK, B.: Obecná navigace, učební texty pro teoretickou přípravu dopravních pilotů dle předpisu JAR-FCL-1, CERM, s.r.o., Brno, 2008 (CS)
KULČÁK a kol.: Učebnice pilota vrtulníku II, CERM ISBN 978-80-7204-638-6, Brno 2009. (CS)

Recommended reading

Kayton, M.; Fried,W.R.: Avionics Navigation Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, 1997, second edition. (EN)
VOSECKÝ, S. a kol.: Základy leteckých navigačních zařízení I a II, učebnice Univerzity obrany, Brno 1988. (CS)
KOLEKTIV AUTORŮ: Učebnice pilota, ISBN – 80 – 85280 – 89 – 2, Svět křídel, Cheb, 2003. (CS)
PŘIBYL,K., KEVICKÝ,D.: Letecká navigace, NADAS PRAHA, 1980. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PRP , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



52 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to air navigation – objectives, purposes, and tasks. Solar system. Earth and its models.
2. Time. Directions. Distances.
3. Earth´s magnetism. Magnetic compasses with direct & indirect indication.
4. Maps and charts in air navigation (topografic charts, aeronautic charts of different purposes).
5. Earth´s surface projections – Mercator´s projections.
6. Earth´s surface projections - polar steographic projection. Gridded charts.
7. Earth´s surface projections - Lambert´s projection.
8. Plotting of airways on charts of different projections.
9. Navigation Computations.
10.Pressure navigation.
11.Structure of the FMS.
12.Structures of the INS/IRS.
13.A reserve - consultations, exercises, preparation for a credit test.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. The Universe and Solar system. Time. Directions. Distances. Earth´s magnetism.
2. How to use the Earth magnetism for air navigation purposes. Aircraft magnetism.
3. Airborne magnetic compasses with direct and indirect indication.
4. Topographic charts in air navigation.
5. Mercator´s projections - properties of the charts.
6. Polar stereographic and gridded chart´s properties.
7. Lambert´s chart properties.
8. Exercise - air track computations.
9. Dead reckoning computations - the vector triangle.
10.Flight navigation - selected problems.
11.FMS - pre-flight preparation.
12.INS/IRS - operational possibilities.
13.The course-unit test.