Course detail

Radio Navigation II

FSI-ERNAcad. year: 2022/2023

The subject presents the second part of the (EU) Doc. 1178/2011 Radionavigation II themes. Content: Secondary surveillance radar (SSR). Distance – measuring equipment (DME). FANS reccomendations - principles and realization. Space navigation principles (RNAV; RNP; PBN). Flight management systems (FMS). Electronic horizontal situation indicator (EFIS; EHSI). Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).  ADS(/ADS-B.  PSS (MLAT).

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 aeronautic radio-navigation and radar equipment and their output information indications at the end of the course.
Students will gain knowledge of the contents of relevant ICAO and EASA informations.


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 is determined by 100% presence at excercises and reqires 50% of correct answers to the test questions at least.  Efficiency of the teaching process is temporarily verified. The 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.
Evaluation of the  final DRN + ERN oral examination fulfils ETCS rules.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements



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 required.
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


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

SKRYPNIK, O. N.: Radio Navigation Systems for Airports and Airways, Springer, London and New York, ISBN 978-981-13-7200-8, 2019  (EN)
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 B-PRP-P Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

  • Programme CŽV Lifelong learning

    branch CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction - Radionavigation I/DRN - review.2. SSR - operation principles, modes, codes;  SSRmS.                      3. DME (purpose, use, properties, modes of operation.    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, signals, codes, services.      8. GPS - augmentation trends (ABAS, GBAS, SBAS), comparison with GLONASS and Galileo.                              9. WAAS - operation principles, EGNOS.                        10.LAAS - operation principles, ways of realization.            11.PSS (MLAT).                                                                       12. ADS/ADS-B; typical ATPL(A) test questions.           13.A backup- consultations, exercise.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Radionavigation I - review of the matter;  typical ATPL  examples.
2. SSR - principle of operation (modes A, C).                      3. SSRmS- interrogations, responses;  mode S target acquisition and tracking (ACP, RCP).                                    4. DME - operational principles, use in radionavigation;  TACAN and DME/DME applicattions.
5. RNAV - planning & track plotting (typical examples).
6. FMS, EFIS/EHSI - structure, use, data presentations.
7. GNSS - structure, operation and use.                              8.  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo.
9. GNSS augmentation - growth of integrity (ABAS, GBAS, SBAS).
11.ADS/ADS-B - structure, objectives, use in air nav.
12.Typical ATPL(A) test questions (selected groups). 
13.DRN + ERN consultations.