Course detail

Air Navigation Devices

FSI-OLNAcad. year: 2019/2020

The subject contains fundamental information about air navigation equipment. It is intended for bachelors of machine engineering ( "no-pilots"), whose have not pass any of the ATPL courses (courses of professional pilots).

Subject contents:
Introduction to air navigation. Terminology. Main questions and objections of air navigation. the methods used. Navigation parameters and measurement methods. Main features of construction of navigation aids and systems. Processing of navigation data obtained. Contemplations and tendencies of modernization of aircraft navigation equipment.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will learn to understand the basis of aircraft navigation. They will be made familiar with operation principles of navigation equipment, basic navigation quantities and options to measure them. The subject defines basic navigation parameters and methods of navigation measurements. Students will also be acquainted with tendencies of future navigation systems development.


Knowledge of academic mathematics and physics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Vosecký, S.: Radionavigace, učební texty pro teoretickou přípravu dopravních pilotů dle předpisu JAR-FCL-1, CERM s.r.o., Brno, 2011 (CS)
KULČÁK,L. a kol.: Zabezpečovacia letecká technika, Žilinská univerzita v Žilině, 1999.
PŘIBYL,K., KEVICKÝ,D.: Letecká navigace, NADAS PRAHA, 1980 VOSECKÝ,S. a kol.: Základy leteckých navigačních zařízení I a II, Vojenská akademie v Brně, 1988
PŘIBYL,K., KEVICKÝ,D.: Letecká navigace, NADAS PRAHA, 1980.
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
VOSECKÝ,S. a kol.: Základy leteckých navigačních zařízení I a II, Vojenská akademie v Brně 1988, Fakulta strojního inženýrství v Brně JAA TEST PREP, 061 General Navigation, Edition 2010, Czech Republic
Kevický,D., Kalašová,A.: Satelitné navigačné systémy, Žilinská univerzita v Žiline, EDIS-vydavateľstvo ŽU, 2004, ISBN 80-8070-295-0
Kevický,D., Kulčák,L., Palička,L.: Koncepcia leteckých zabezpečovacích systémov, VŠDS Žilina 1995, ISBN 80-7100-209-7
JAA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Manual, 061 General Navigation, Jeppesen, Oxford 2006
JAA ATPL, 062 Radionavigation, Theoreticalů Knowledge Manual, Oxford, 2006
Kayton, M.; Fried,W.R.: Avionics Navigation Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, 1997, second edition
STAVOVČÍK, Boleslav: 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, ISBN 978-80-7204-638-6, CERM s.r.o., Brno, 2009 (CS)
KOLEKTIV AUTORŮ: Učebnice pilota, ISBN – 80 – 85280 – 89 – 2, Svět křídel, Cheb, 2003 (CS)

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

Conditions for obtaining the course-unit credit: 80% participation the course (at the minimum) and 50% evaluation of a written test at least. The course-unit credit is needed to be admitted to oral examination. Classification of the oral exam is predetermined by the BUT university requirements.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course objective is to make students familiar with basic principles of aeronautical navigation.
To teach the students to analyse tasks of the equipment, solve navigation problems and expound functions and fundamentals of construction of all kinds of traditional as well as modern navigation aids and systems, used in civilian aeronautics.
To show kinds of cooperation between civil and military navigation structures in common areas of airspace and possible ways of their future development.

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

Attendance at both lectures and exercises is compulsory (80% at least), and it is checked and recorded. The absence (in justifiable cases) can be compensated by personal consultation with the lecturer and elaboration of individually assigned topics and exercises. Individual assignments must be finished and handed in within the credit week at the latest.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-LPR , 1. year of study, winter semester, 8 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to aircraft navigation problems.
2. Navigation parameters.
3. Co-ordinate systems used.
4. Aeronautical charts.
5. Flight trajectories & flight tracks.
6. Aeronautical navigation equipment & navigation aids.
7. Aeronautical navigation systems. Position of the aircraft.
8. Errors of measurement of navigation parameters.
9. Dead reckoning. INS. Pressure navigation. RVSM.
10. Advanced methods of aircraft navigation & ATC (RNAV; PBN)..
11. Automatic navigation & flight control systems FMS).
12. Communication on aircraft navigation (ATN; AFTN; AMS; AMSS; SSR).
13. Consultations; reserve; credit test.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.-3. Calculation of long distances.
4.-7. Design of map graticule of projection.
8.-11. Measurement of celestial body, design of astronomical positron line.
12.-13. Satellite path parameters.