Course detail

Radio Navigation II

FSI-ERNAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject presents the second part of the JAA/EASA FCL-1, 062 (Radionavigation II) themes. Content: Secondary surveillance radar (SSR). Distance – measuring equipment (DME). Space navigation principles (RNAV; RNP; PBN). Flight management systems (FMS). Electronic horizontal situation indicator (EFIS; EHSI). Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Eventually: Long-Range Navigation Systems (LORAN-C, DECCA, OMEGA); ADS(/ADS-B.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be acquainted with function and practical use of all kinds of board radio-navigation equipment and their output information indications at the end of the course.
Students will gain knowledge of the contents of relevant JAR and JEPPESEN information.


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 ETCS rules.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


Students will be acquainted with the purpose, use, operational principles, and main parts of all kinds of currently used & future radio-navigation equipment.
Students will understand the possibilities of practical exploitation in take-off, track flight, and landing operations of the board air navigation equipment at the end of the course.

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

Lectures and exercises are realized by means of audio-visual method and therefore student´s presence is necessary.
Missed lectures & exercises can be compensated in a very limited extend only by personal consultations with the lecturer or by a self-study under the lecturer´s personal supervision.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

CAE Radionavigation, Oxford Aviation Academy, Oxford 2020. (EN)
Vosecký, S.: Radionavigace, učební texty pro teoretickou přípravu dopravních pilotů dle předpisu JAR-FCL-1, CERM s.r.o., Brno, 2011. (CS)
JAA ATPL, 062 Radionavigation, Theoretical Knowledge Manual, Oxford, 2006. (EN), JAA/EASA-FCL, 062 Radio Navigation, Edition 2013. (EN)
KULČÁK a kol.: Učebnice pilota vrtulníku II, ISBN 978-80-7204-638-6, CERM s.r.o., Brno, 2009. (CS)

Recommended reading

GROVES, P.D.: Principles of GNSS, Inertial, And Multisensor Integrated Navigation Systems, ISBN - 13:978 - 1 - 58053 - 255 - 6, USA, BOSTON/LONDON ARTECH HOUSE 2008. (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PRP , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction - Radionavigation I/DRN - review.
2. SSR - operation principles, modes, codes, kinds of the SSR, SSRmS.
3. DME (purpose, use, properties, co-operation with TACAN, operational regimes).
4. RNAV - space navigation systems (Europe; worldwide).
5. EFIS (structure, CDU, symbols, navigation situation displays).
6. GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo - purpose, use, navigation capability).
7. GPS - operation principles, services.
8. GPS - augmentation trends, comparison with GLONASS and Galileo.
9. WAAS - operation principles, realization in Europe (EGNOS).
10.LAAS - operation principles, ways of realization.
11.Long-range navigation systems - LORAN-C, DECCA.
12. ADS/ADS-B; typical ATPL(A) test questions/examples.
13.A backup- consultations, exercise.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Radionavigation I - review of the matter, typical examples.
2. DME - operational principles, use, co-operation with the TACAN, DME/DME system.
3. RNAV - planning & track plotting (typical examples).
4. EHSI - selected JAA problems - what is required in the ATPL(A) test?
5. GNSS operational principles (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo).
6. WAAS (EGNOS)operational principles.
7. LAAS operational principles.
8. LORAN-C - system operational principles, use, structure of signals .
9. DECCA, OMEGA - operational princples, use, structure of signals.
10.Typical ATPL(A) test questions (selected groups of examples).
11.Typical ATPL(A) test questions (selected groups of examples).
12.A reserve - consultations and exercise.
13.The course-unit credit test.