AVS-2010 Polar Operations

Quick Facts


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program

Course Length
Self-Paced (Must be completed within 6 months)

Course Dates & Locations
Courses are online and can be started anytime.

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Covers flight operations in polar regions. Flight preparation and planning are emphasized, including use of polar charts, designated areas of magnetic unreliability, Canadian and Russian airspace, metric altitudes and QFE / QNH references, solar flare activity and communication procedures (HF, SATCOM and CPDLC). The course includes a discussion of regulatory requirements, including en-route alternates, special equipment and area approvals. Additional lessons are focused on cold fuel management and selection of en-route alternate airports.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced Airline Pilots

Course Objectives

Lesson 1: Introduction to Polar Operations

  •  Definitions – Polar Operations
  • Route benefits and schedule integrity
  • Time and fuel savings
  • Regulatory authority and approval – TC, EASA, FAA
  • Operational challenges

Lesson 2: Operational Factors

  • Properties of fuel at very low temperatures
  • Cloud point and pour point
  • Fuel types
  • Factors affecting fuel temperature
  • Fuel systems and temperature measurement
  • Fuel analysis
  • Upper air temperature charts
  • FMC indications
  • Strategies for avoiding cold fuel – altitude and speed changes
  • MEL considerations
  • Space weather
  • Solar flares – electromagnetic and geomagnetic radiation
  • Solar activity scales
  • Radio blackout

Lesson 3: Navigation and Communication Procedures

  • Designated Polar Routes
  • Random routes
  • Charts and manuals
  • ICAO phraseology
  • VHF and HF communications
  • HF in Russian airspace
  • CPDLC and ADS
  • Position reporting
  • Designated areas of magnetic unreliability
  • Operation in true heading reference
  • North Pole over – flights
  • Use of metric units – altitude, distance, wind speed and visibility

Lesson 4: Alternates and Diversions

  • ASOA process
  • Considerations for alternate and diversion airports
  • ETOPS / non-ETOPS factors
  • Safety equipment
  • Airline recovery plan for passengers at diversion alternates
  • Adequate and suitable airports
  • Use of QNE / QFE
  • Cold temperature altimetry

Lesson 5: Abnormal and Emergency Procedures

  • Emergency diversions / descents
  • Preferred airfields
  • Polar gear
  • Search and rescue
  • Diversion recovery plan

Lesson 6: Operational Flight Plan

  • Company policy
  • Polar OFP review – fuel freeze point, MEL, route, weather and NOTAMs
  • Plotting charts
  • Sample POLAR flight – Cincinnati to Hong Kong

Contact Us

Office of Professional Education, Worldwide Campus
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900

This is a self-guided online course; you will be able to complete this course at your own pace, from wherever you choose.