Flight Planning and Advanced Navigation (Part 2)

Second of two courses on the development of practical flight planning competencies, including route planning, fuel planning, load planning and flight plan amending for instrument flight operations, and for long distance heavy transport operations for B747 and B777 aircraft.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Aviation Studies

Course planning information

Course notes

Students must achieve at least 50% in each of the following Assessments: 2 (Test), 4 (Written Examination) & 5 (Practicum).

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Demonstrate B747 flight planning techniques with the knowledge of aircraft performance graphs and tabulated data, computerised flight planning and advanced air navigation.
  • 2 Describe both the ground flight planning phase and the inflight use of a Computerised Flight Plan (CFP) including the management of inflight contingencies for long distance heavy transport aircraft (B777).
  • 3 Demonstrate competency in advanced navigation techniques including interception, multiple leg engine failure, Equal Time Point (ETP)/Point of No Return (PNR), maps and charts and relative velocity to a level acceptable to the New Zealand Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).
  • 4 Demonstrate the practical application of airborne navigation at night.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 10%
Test 1 2 20%
Test 3 10%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 30%
Practical/Placement 1 2 3 30%
Practical/Placement 4 0%
Participation 0%
Participation 0%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

There are no set texts for this course.