Course detail

Radio Navigation I

FSI-DRNAcad. year: 2017/2018

The subject presents the first part of the JAA/EASA FCL-1, 062 (Radionavigation I) themes. It contents: Introduction to basic principles of radio technology and propagation of electromagnetic waves. Airborne doppler navigator. Radio navigation equipment (radio direction finders & compasses, radio beacons, radio approach & landing systems). Aeronautic ground primary pulse radars. Aeronautic airborne weather radar used in civil aircraft. Passive radars.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be acquainted with function and practical use of basic kinds of board radio-navigation equipment and their output information indications at the end of the I-st part of the course (Radionavigation I).
Students will gain knowledge of the contents of relevant JAR and JEPPESEN information.


High school level knowledge of mathematics and physics is demanded.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

JAA ATPL, 062 Radionavigation, Theoreticalů Knowledge Manual, Oxford, 2006 (EN)
Vosecký, S.: Radionavigace - učební texty pro teoretickou přípravu dopravních pilotů dle předpisu JAR-FCL-1(062 00), akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o., Brno 2006 (CS)
Kayton, M.; Fried,W.R.: Avionics Navigation Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, 1997, second edition (EN)
KULČÁK a kol.: Učebnice pilota vrtulníku II, CERM, ISBN 978-80-7204-638-6, Brno 2009 (CS), JAA TEST PREP, 062 Radio Navigation, Edition 2010, Czech Republic (EN), JAA/EASA-FCL, 062 Radio Navigation, Edition 2013. (EN)
VOSECKÝ, S. a kol.: Základy leteckých navigačních zařízení I a II, učebnice Univerzity obrany, Brno 1988 (CS)
KAYTON, M., FRIED, W.R.: Avionics Navigation Systems, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0 – 471 – 54795 – 6, New York 1996 (EN)
L.Kulčák a kol.: Zabezpečovací letecká technika, Žilinská univerzita v Žilině, 1999 (CS)
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

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 is of written & oral form.
Classification fulfils ETCS rules.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Students will be acquainted with the purpose, use, operational principles, and with main parts of the basic kinds of currently used & future radio-navigation equipment.
Students should well comprehend the possibilities of practical exploitation in take-off, track flight, and landing operations of the equipment.

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 selfstudy under the lecturer´s personal supervision.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PRP , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction - repetition of previous knowledge (prerequisite: physics; electro –; radio –;).
2. Propagation of radio waves in Earth´s atmosphere.
3. Application of Doppler phenomenon to aeronautic navigation (GS; drift; Doppler radar).
4. VHF ground direction finders (VDF).
5. Ground omnidirectional beacon (NDB); airborne automatic radio direction finder (ADF).
6. Ground directional beacons (VOR, DVOR).
7. Aeronautic approach system (ILS).
8. Aeronautic landing system (MLS).
9. RADAR – fundamentals of radar technology (principles of pulse technique; kinds of radars).
10. Aeronautical primary pulse surveillance radars.
11. Airborne weather radar (AWR).
12. Passive radars (TDOA method; VERA, TAMARA, KOLCHUGA).
13. A reserve - consultations, exercises, credit test.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Electrical signals - parameters, modulations, etc.).
2.Wave propagation - frequency bands, ionosphere, reflections.
3.Doppler Navigator operational principle.
4.ADF measurement. Kinds of indication.
5.Radio-compass - operation principles, indication, JEPPESEN requirements.
6.VOR operation. Airborne indicators.
7.DVOR, PVOR, TVOR a DME - principles of operation.
8.ILS operational principles, use and indication.
9.MLS operation principles, use,refracted trajectories, system accuracy.
10.Primary radars - operational principles.
11.Secondary radar - operational principles.
12.A reserve - consultations, exercise.
13.The course-unit credit test.