T&E 4202 Communications, Navigation, and GPS Flight Testing

Course Description

This course provides the student with an understanding of Avionic Communications and Navigation equipment, their modes of operation and the procedures for evaluating this equipment. The importance of antenna patterns and the methods of conducting Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility tests will be shown. The module also provides a tutorial in Basic Navigation which will allow non-flyers to converse in the same language as pilots. This course addresses those systems which provide operators with voice communications and data transfer such as radios and data links. The student will be able to identify the parameters which need to be evaluated in these systems in order to show spec compliance or mission suitability. Additionally, the module will address navigational systems that provide position, velocity or acceleration to the operator. An overview of the theory of operation of these systems, typical accuracies and employment is covered.

Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course of instruction, the student will have a basic understanding of performance flight test procedures, techniques, and data analysis. He/she will:

Be familiar with

  1. The techniques for evaluating radio communications intelligibility
  2. The fundamentals and technique for evaluating EMI/EMC
  3. The fundamentals and technique for evaluating ground based NavAids
  4. The fundamentals of Inertial Navigation Systems
  5. The fundamentals of Integrated Navigation Systems
  6. The fundamentals of Data Link Communications and Tactical Datalinks
  7. The fundamentals of IFF and ADS-B


  1. The approach to safely and effectively execute ground and flight test of communication and navigation systems
  2. The fundamentals behind GNSS and GNSS Augmentation Systems
  3. The techniques for evaluating GNSS
  4. The techniques for evaluating systems for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) operations
  5. The technique for evaluating and Integrated Navigation Systems

Sequence of Instruction

Basic Navigation
Communications Flight Test
Antenna Patterns
Data Links
Radio Aids to Navigation
Position Determinant Systems
Velocity Determinant Systems
Acceleration Determinant Systems

Texts and Reference Materials

NTPS Course notes
Instructor Text

Instructional Methodology


Process of Evaluation