Essential Skills Checklist
Chapter 3: Navigation
- Determine if the FMS is approved for the planned
- Determine if your FMS can be used as a primary
navigation system for alternate requirements.
- Understand how entries are made and canceled.
- Understand how each unit is installed, and how it is
programmed or jumpered for optional functions.
- Determine which navigation sources are installed and
- Determine the status of the databases.
- Program the FMS/RNAV with a flight plan, including
en route waypoints, user waypoints, and published
- Review the programmed flight route to ensure it is
free from error.
- Find the necessary pages for flight information in the
- Determine which sources drive which displays or
instruments, and where the selection controls are
- Determine and understand how to use and program
optional functions and equipment installed with FMS/
RNAV basic unit.
- Select and monitor the en route portion of the
programmed flight route, determining waypoint
arrival, approving turn anticipation, and waypoint
- Approve or select the correct course automatically
displayed or manually tuned.
- Determine if the FMS makes fuel calculations and
what sensors and data entries are required to be made
by the pilot.
- Ensure that the track flown is that cleared by air traffic
- Determine that the display CDI sensitivity is
satisfactory for the segment being flown.
En Route Modifications
- Proceed directly to a waypoint in the programmed
- Cancel a programmed or selected waypoint or fix.
- Select a different instrument procedure or transition.
- Restart an approach sequence.
- Immediately find the nearest airport or facility.
- Edit a flight plan.
- Enter a user waypoint.
- Determine the descent airspeed to be used with
concern to turbulence, aircraft descent profile, and
powerplant cooling restrictions.
- Program, observe, and monitor the top of descent,
descent rate, and level-off altitude.
- Plan and fly a descent to a crossing restriction.
- Recognize and correct deviations from a planned
descent path, and determine which factor changed.
Intercept and Track Course
- Program and select a different course to the active
- Select the nonsequencing waypoint function (OBS,
Hold, or Suspend) to select a specified navigation
- Reactivate the sequencing function for route
- Select a preprogrammed holding pattern, or
- Select and set up a non-preprogrammed holding
pattern inbound course.
- Determine the proper sequence of software commands
for the holding pattern, transition to approach,
approach, and MAP navigation.
- Select an approach procedure with an arc.
- Select the course, or determine that automatic course
CDI setting will occur.
GPS and RNAV (GPS) Approaches
- Load and activate a vectored GPS or RNAV (GPS)
- Select a vectored initial approach segment.
- Determine the correct approach minimums and
identify all pertinent mode transitions.
- Determine the published missed approach point
(MAP), courses, altitudes, and waypoints to fly.
- Determine how missed approach guidance is
- Select a type of course reversal procedure.
- Determine the correct sequence of mode control
actions to be accomplished by the pilot.
- Acknowledge a missed approach procedure.
- Set the FMS/GPS for a return to the same approach
to fly it again.
- Select a different approach while holding at a missed
approach holding waypoint.
- Program an ATC specified hold point (user waypoint)
for selection after the published MAP/hold procedure.
Ground-Based Radio Navigation
- Select any type of ground-based radio navigation
- Correctly tune and set up the conventional navigation
receiver for the procedure in number 1.
- Correctly monitor the navaid for proper identification
- Correctly select and be able to use the desired
navigation source for the autopilot.