Checking date: 18/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Air navigation systems
Master in Aeronautical Engineering / Máster Universitario en Ingeniería Aeronáutica (Plan: 328 - Estudio: 296)


Department assigned to the subject: Aerospace Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
The students are expected to have basic knowledge on air navigation: namely, the air navigation as a system (ATM-CNS concept) and basic principles about meteorology, altimetry, anemometry, etc.
GENERIC COMPETENCES AND SKILLS GC1) Knowledge and understanding to provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or applying ideas, often within a research context GC2) That students can apply their knowledge and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader contexts (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study GC3) Students should be able to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments based on information that was incomplete or limited, include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments GC4) Students can communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and rationale underpinning to specialists and non- specialists in a clear and unambiguous GC5) That students have the learning skills to allow them to continue studying in a way that will have to be largely self-directed or autonomous GC6) Capacity for the overall leadership and technical direction of research, development and innovation in aviation and space companies and technology centers GC7) Ability to integrate complex aerospace systems and multidisciplinary teams GC8) Ability to analyze and correct the environmental and social impact of technical solutions to any aerospace system GC9) Ability to analyze and solve aerospace problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader contexts and complex GC10) Competence in all areas related to airport technologies, airborne or space which, by their nature, are not exclusive of other branches of engineering GC11) Knowledge, understanding and ability to implement the necessary legislation in the exercise of the profession of Aeronautical Engineering SPECIFIC COMPETENCES AND SKILLS RELATED TO AIR NAVIGATION SC1) Ability to define and design navigation systems and air traffic management , and to design the airspace, aeronautical and maneuvers . SC2) Competence to plan, design , manage and certify procedures , infrastructure and systems that support the aerospace activity, including navigation systems SC3) Adequate knowledge of Avionics and board Software, and Control Simulation and techniques used in air navigation. SC4) Adequate knowledge of wave propagation and the problem of links with Earth Stations. SC5) Ability to design systems and Radar Aids related to Air Navigation. SC6) Adequate knowledge of Information Technology and Communications Aircraft. SC7) Adequate knowledge of the various regulations for navigation and circulation areas and ability to certify the Air Navigation Systems. ADDITIONAL COMPETENCES AND SKILLS RELATED TO AIR NAVIGATION AC1) Basics on optimization. AC2) Different simulation environments related to air navigation. LEARNING THROUGHPUT Upon completion of the course the student should be able to: Understand, define and design the systems and navigation equipment and air traffic management . A better understanding of the different regulations for navigation and circulation areas in order to have the ability to certify elements of air navigation systems. Solve electromagnetic problems and evaluate the design of antennas shipped. Analyze existing systems air traffic control and evaluate future trends. Evaluate the performance of subsystems navigation, guidance and control of the aircraft. Implement advanced techniques for navigation and control of computer-based aircraft.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Block I: The air navigation system nowadays 1 ATM/CNS (Air Traffic Management/Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance) concept. 2 Meteorology 3 Aeronautical charts, maneuvers and procedures. 4 Air routes and flight planning. 5 Performances, GNC (Guidance, Navigation, and Control) --> INS, GNSS, Kalman Filter. Block II: Future trends towards a modernized air navigation system 7 Introduction to SESAR and NextGen 8 Introduction to optimization 9 ATFM (Air Traffic Flow Management) modeling 10 conflict detection and resolution algorithms. 11 Trajectory Management in ATM
Learning activities and methodology
LEARNING ACTIVITIES Lectures Practical classes/Exercises Laboratories in computer classroom Individual student work TEACHING METHODOLOGIES Exposition in class with teacher support and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the literature is provided to supplement student learning. Critical reading recommended by the subject teacher texts: Newspaper articles, reports, manuals, and/or scholarly articles, either for subsequent class discussion, either to expand and consolidate the knowledge of the subject. Solving practical cases, problems, etc.. posed by the teacher individually or in group Field Visit
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 25
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 75

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • Daniel Delahaye, Ste¿phane Puechmorel. Modeling and Optimization of Air Traffic. Wiley-ISTE (2013). 2013
  • James Wolper. Understanding Mathematics for Aircraft Navigation. McGraw Hill Professional. 2001
  • Mike Tooley and David Wyatt. Aircraft communications and navigation systems. Principles, maintenance and operation. Routledge. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • DAvid Titterton and John Weston. Strapdown Inertial NAviagtion Technology. IEEE. 2004, 2nd edition
  • Javier LLoret. Introduction to Air Navigation - A technical and operational approach. Javier Lloret [Ed]. 2016, second edition
  • Nolan. Fundamentals of air traffic control. Cengage learning. 2010
  • Pérez, Arnaldo, Sáez, Blanco, Gómez. El sistema de Navegación Aérea. Garceta. 2013
  • Rogers. Applied Mathematics in Integrated Navigation Systems. AIAA. 2003
  • Stolzer. Safety Management Systems in Aviation. Ashgate. 2010
  • Sáez-Nieto, Francisco Javier. Navegación Aérea: Posicionamiento, guiado y control . Garceta. 2012
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