Important changes to syllabus and CAA exams for students studying and taking exams for Module 1 and Module 2

Jeppesen Route Manual change

A new Jeppesen manual will be required for anyone sitting their EASA fixed wing or helicopter exams from 1 September 2018 with the UK CAA.

The subjects affected are General Navigation (module 1) and, Flight Planning and Monitoring (module 2). If you are sitting exams for these subjects after 1st September 2018 you will need the new Jeppesen manual (GSPRM) in your exams.

If you purchase a full course or module 2 from now on, you will automatically receive the updated syllabus which incorporates the information you will require to understand these new changes.

If you already have module 1 and intend sitting General Navigation after 1st September 2018, and/or module 2 and intend sitting Flight Planning and Monitoring after 1st September 2018, it is vital that you let us know by emailing support@bristol.gs so we can ensure that you are on the appropriate syllabus.

The new Jeppesen Student Route Manual (GSPRM) is £64 and can be purchased from our shop at – https://www.bristol.gs/product/jeppesen-student-route-manual/

We believe that most if not all EASA National Authorities will be introducing the new Jeppesen Manual at the same time, but if you intend sitting your exams with an authority other than the UK CAA you should check with your examiners.

Performance Based Navigation (PBN)

There is a syllabus change coming up in the Radio Navigation (module 2) subject as the topic “Area Navigation” (RNAV) is replaced by the modern version of the same, called “Performance Based Navigation” (PBN).

The PBN regulations will require that from 25th August 2018, pilots may only fly in accordance with PBN routes and procedures after they have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their Instrument Rating (IR); all pilots with an IR will need to have PBN privileges after the 25 August 2020.

To obtain a PBN endorsement pilots have two options:

  1. Undertake PBN IR theoretical knowledge and practical training at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), which includes passing a theoretical knowledge examination prior to passing a Skill Test or Proficiency Check which includes the applicable PBN IR elements; or
  2. Make a declaration confirming that you are sufficiently familiar with PBN operations, including the theoretical knowledge elements. In addition to passing an oral theoretical knowledge assessment prior to, passing a Skill Test or Proficiency Check which includes PBN IR elements.

What this means to you

To gain your PBN endorsement you will need to have fulfilled a theoretical knowledge requirement prior to undertaking the practical PBN course, either on your initial MEIR or as a supplementary course thereafter. To fulfil this requirement there are two options:

  1. Pass the Radio Nav with PBN exam; or
  2. Complete the PBN lessons and test with us and we will issue you with a certificate of completion as proof. You will then be required to pass a 2-hour oral examination with an assessor prior to taking the PBN IR Skills Test.

We recommend that you choose option 1 if you have not already completed module 2

For exams up to 25 August 2018 the UK CAA will offer you the choice of booking an exam called “Radio Navigation”, which matches the old syllabus, or “Performance Based Radio Navigation” which matches the new syllabus.

If you have a syllabus version 7.2 or earlier, the old syllabus content is shown in Lesson 14 of your learning material and Progress Test 5. The Syllabus you are on is shown on the ATPdigital Dashboard.

Purchases of ATPL(A) full course or module 2 on or after Monday 25th June 2018
To cater for those fixed wing and helicopter pilots who wish to switch to the PBN exam, the new syllabus PBN content has been added to the end of your course and is represented by Lessons 15, 16 and 17 and Progress Test 6. An additional short Lesson 18 containing Helicopter specific procedures has been added to helicopter syllabi. This additional content will automatically appear when you select [update] on ATPdigital.

Feedback PBN questions have already been added to BGS Online.

If you are taking your exams before 25th August 2018
If you intend to take the exam before 25th August you may choose which material you study, and which exam you book. Accelerator Weekends and Revision Courses up to and including the revision course from running 13th to 17th August will teach the old syllabus only, PBN content will be included on subsequent courses.

Radio Navigations exams after 25th August 2018
Once the August date is passed the old lesson 14 and progress Test 5 will be removed automatically when you update ATPdigital, from syllabi numbered v7.2 and older, and the lessons and progress tests will be renumbered.

Syllabi v7.3 and subsequent syllabi will incorporate PBN lessons and tests.

Our recommendation

We recommend students who have not already sat the Radio Navigation exam, complete the additional PBN lessons and test in ATPdigital and book the “Performance Based Radio Navigation” exam.

If you have already passed Radio Navigation without PBN in 2018
When you have completed the additional PBN lessons and test in ATPdigital please contact support@bristol.gs and we will issue you with an electronic certificate of completion which you will need for your application for the PBN rating. Remember, you will also be assessed by your practical examiner to ensure you have acquired the knowledge.

For students who completed Radio Navigation without PBN prior to 2018
When you have completed the 3 PBN lessons and progress tests, please visit our website shop and for a charge of £30 we will check you have completed the PBN lessons and progress tests and then issue you with an electronic certificate of completion which you will need for your application for the PBN rating.

Remember, you will also be assessed by your practical examiner to ensure you have acquired the knowledge.

Check with your EASA National Authority if sitting your exams outside of the UK CAA.

We believe that most if not all EASA National Authorities will be introducing PBN based Radio Navigation exams in a similar manner to the UK CAA, but you should check if appropriate.

If you have any questions, please contact info@bristol.gs

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