AVI120 - Pilot Navigation

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Subject Title
Pilot Navigation

Subject Description
This subject prepares the student for basic VFR navigation, including flight planning and en-route procedures as well as the understanding of charts and flight publications. Use of radio aids to navigation is also covered. Topics are: the earth, position, direction, distance, speed, bearings, the magnetic compass, triangle of velocities, E6-B flight computer, the effect of wind on the position of an aircraft in flight, the understanding and use of aeronautical charts and maps, the Canada flight supplement, aeronautical information publication and the Canadian airspace structure. The practical application of the theories of aircraft pilotage include: flight planning and preparation for cross country flight, route selection, checkpoints, safety altitudes, flight plans, weather requirements, set heading, en route, destination, diversion and lost procedures, as well as the use of short range radio navigation aids. A passing grade of a minimum of 60% must be obtained in this subject in order to be recommended to write the Transport Canada Private and Commercial Examinations.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Aviation Commercial Pilot Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Display a detailed knowledge and understanding of the basic theories associated with pilot navigation and their practical application for flight under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

2. Complete pre-flight preparations for a 200 mile daylight flight under Visual Flight Rules (VFR)conditions.

3. Use short range radio aids to receive and communicate information.

4. Determine the position, speed and time of arrival of an aircraft in a hypothetical flight.

5. Make corrections to reach a targeted destination.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Aeronautics - AVI100 

Topic Outline


Definitions; maps and charts; time and longitude; visual navigation, the triangle of velocities and the E-6B flight computer


  • Application of basic theories associated with aviation meteorology and aerial navigation
  • Pre-flight preparation for a daylight flight over a route of approximately 200 miles under Visual Flight Rules conditions
  • Short range Radio Aids to navigation
  • Position on a hypothetical flight between two geographic points
  • Corrections to regain the desired track and to estimate speed and time of arrival at pre-selected points along the route path


This part of the subject is used to conduct a comprehensive review of all material presented in the preceding periods

Mode of Instruction
Lectures,  video, self-study, in-class discussion and both in-class and at home exercises, demonstrations, questionnaires, assignments and work sheets as well as practical problems involving pre-flight planning and en route navigation techniques. The majority of the aforementioned are required to be completed outside of normal class time. All are thoroughly reviewed in class and may be retained by the student for further study and/or as reference material.

Prescribed Texts
From the Ground Up, 27th Edition; S.A.F. MacDonald; Aviation Publishers Co. Ltd. ISBN # 0-9680390-5-7 

Cessna 150M Pilot’s Operating Handbook – Cessna Aircraft Corporation  - Available Online

Reference Material
Canada Flight Supplement – supplied in class 

Air 5000 Toronto VFR Navigation Chart (VNC) – Canada Energy, Mines and Resources - Available Online

Air 1900 Toronto VFR Terminal Area Chart (VTA) – Canada Energy, Mines and Resources - Available Online

Required Supplies
E-6B flight computer 
Straight edge ruler (at least 12” long) 
Navigation plotter 

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Assignments should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are penalized. For particulars, please obtain standards, dated, etc. from your instructor. 

While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss. 

To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy. 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

5 Assignments 30%
1 Term Test 30%
Final Examination 40%
TOTAL 100%

All tests and the final examination are closed book. The only aids permitted on any test or examination are the EGB Flight Computer and electronic calculator.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle