Pans-Ops Basic Course

Aeronautical Services And Procedures (ASAP) has teamed with the Air Navigation Institute (ANI) of Switzerland to provide a basic IFR procedure design course.

ASAP is the leading IFR procedure design company in the world and has designed over 350 IFR procedures world wide. While ANI is one of the primary training institutions in IFR procedure design and provides such training all over the World. This combination of training and practical expertise will result in a course that will give the attendees a unique possibility to assimilate this complex subject.

Our last basic Pans-Ops courses were a total success (click here for info 2007, 20082009) and all involved benefited greatly.

Details of the next 2009 ASAP / ANI basic Pans-Ops course are given below.

Be advised that all places (14) on the last course were taken within the first month after notification and we had to turn people away. So get in early for this one. You can at the moment provisionally reserve a place on the course for 2009 without cost or obligation. As confirmed places on the course fill up you will be notified and at this stage a confirmed booking with a deposit should be made. If not your reservation for the course will be released to others.

The course to be held in 2009 will be divided up into 2 stages of three weeks each. Stage 1 (25th May – 12 June) will deal with basic topics covering conventional non-precision approaches, departures, holding and enroute criteria. This stage will form a sound foundation for the more complex stage 2.

The second part of the course (July 13th – July 31st) will deal with advanced issues such as ILS, RNAV and GNSS. This part of the course can also be attended as a refresher course for procedure designers that have already completed a basic procedure design course.

The advantages of a two stage course

As mentioned previously the IFR procedure design basic course is divided into 2 stages with a 7 week break in between the two stages. This was purposely done to realise the following advantages:

  • Avoids the proven “sensory overload” symptom which occurs due to the complexity of the course material and the intense learning curve required.
  • Allows sufficient time to assimilate the extensive amount of information that will be delivered in stage 1
  • Gives the attendees enough time to practice what they have learnt.
  • Importantly, enables the course attendees to catch up on mounting work back in the office.
  • During the time between courses procedure design questions will arise which will be answered in the second part of the course.

ANI has proven that this 2 stage approach to IFR procedure design training works and results in an attendee having a much better fundamental knowledge of IFR procedure design.

Course contents

Stage 1 – Basic criteria (3 weeks)
Procedure design Basics
Trigonometry refresher
Charts/ Obstacle data
Pans-Ops General
Approach general
Terminal area fixes
Arrival routes
Initial approach segment
Procedure turn

Intermediate segment
Final approach segment
Missed Approach segment
Simultaneous operations

SRE Approach
Minimum Sector Altitudes
Visual Circling
Practical exercises

Stage 2 – Specific criteria (3 weeks)
Precision approach
ILS functionality
ILS Decision Altitudes
Assessment strategy
Basic ILS surfaces
Obstacle Assessment Surfaces

OAS Adjustments
Steep angle approaches
ICAO Collision Risk Model
RNAV History

Basic GNSS
Terminal Arrival Altitudes
RNAV T/Y-Bar concept
SBAS Departures

Practical exercises

Accommodation and Location

The course will be held at the ASAP training rooms in the town of Pezinok which is just North of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

The students attending the course can either fly into either Vienna or Bratislava airports. Vienna airport has a shuttle bus service (approximately every hour) that goes between Vienna and Bratislava main bus terminal, duration 1 ½ hours.  Pezinok is 23 km from the centre of Bratislava and a short  taxi ride of about 25 mins.

There are various hotels within walking distance of the training facility. If required hotel accommodation can be arranged by ASAP.

Please be informed that a Slovakian visa may be required for attendees from outside of Europe. ASAP will be happy to provide an invitation letter in Slovak and English to facilitate the visa application process.

Course cost

The cost of the course is € 5500 Euro. If only stage 2 of the course is attended, as a refresher course, the cost is € 3500 Euro. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the course cost is required prior to confirmation of a position on the course. The remainder of the course fee is to be paid prior to commencement of the course.

For payment details and a place reservation please contact Ian Whitworth