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Navigation, positioning, location - 2023

Aircraft navigation

Current situation and developments


This course enables learners to gain general knowledge of current positioning and navigation systems and to explore the expected developments of these systems as well as the current and future operational concepts that define how they are used.


The course lasts 5 days (30 hours) and includes:

  • 27 of lectures and 3 hours of practical work
  • Panel discussion


Civil and military aircraft navigation systems and procedures are rapidly evolving as a result of significant technological innovations.

The course looks at current aircraft navigation and the current developments expected to provide a unique air travel system by 2020-2030 leading to increased safety.

The conventional operational concept was based on aircraft tracking of marked trajectories by radio beacons (1D); the new concept under development enables planes to track non-radio marked trajectories (2D and 3D) in space and the future system should add temporal management (4D).

A practical training session on the ISAE* flight simulator will enable trainees to simulate a flight on a modern airliner by operating the navigation systems.

* ISAE-SUPAERO, the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace or National Higher French Institute of Aeronautics and Space


Course level: Basic/Advanced

Basic aeronautical knowledge is required.


Michel COCHIN:

Engineer in the On-board Computer Systems division at DGA Techniques Aéronautiques BALMA

With the participation of industry members selected for their involvement in each of the areas covered.


  • Basic principles
    • Position tracking: geographic coordinates, aeronautical charts, spatial-temporal referentials
    • Principles of anemobarometry: standard atmosphere, edge sensors
  • Air traffic
    • Organization of airspace
    • Air traffic services and organizations
    • Instrument flight procedures
  • Conventional radionavigation systems
    • Non-directional radio beacons - NDB
    • Omnidirectional radios - VOR
    • Distance measuring systems - DME
    • Navigation systems - TACAN
    • Instrument landing systems - ILS and MLS
  • Automatic anti-collision and separation systems
    • Collision avoidance systems - ACAS
    • Separation assurance systems - ASAS
  • Satellite positioning
    • Principle of operation of the GPS system and performance capabilities: civil code C/A and military code P
    • Complementary systems: ABAS, SBAS (EGNOS), GBAS
    • Future systems being deployed, Galileo, GPS III, Glonass K, Beidou
  • Navigation systems technology
    • Gyrometers and accelerometers
    • Inertial navigation systems
    • Flight Management System
  • Applications
    • Programming a flight on FMS and making an approach on the ISAE flight simulator
  • Navigation as seen by the pilot
    • Flight preparation
    • The course of the flight
  • New navigation concepts
    • Performance Based Navigation: RNAV, RNP
    • The Single European Sky ATM Research program (SESAR): 4D navigation
  • Panel discussion


Scheduled in French:

TOULOUSE: 27 to 31 March, 2023

For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,770 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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