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Navigation Systems
WebEx Training

The NS Team has established two scheduled training sessions held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 2000 hours until 2200 hours.

You are allowed to connect at 1930 hours on the day of the presentation.  Anytime before 1930 hours or after 2200 the link is disabled.

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To join the training session click on the link below
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Tuesday's WebEx Meeting

If prompted, password for webex is: uscg (all in lower case)

For WebEx Questions click here

WebEx TEST meeting (Check your video here)

 

2018 AV SCHEDULE

The 2018 AV Training Schedule

The D1NR Navigation Systems 2018 training program begins on Tuesday, February 6th on WebEX.  Expand your navigation experience by joining these Navigation Systems training sessions.  Theres room for 200 participants at each session.  Recordings of each training session are maintained on the Navigation Systems Web Site for review by AVs and AVCs who unable to attend the live sessions. 

 

Click here for past recording sessions

Recordings of each training session are maintained on the Navigation Systems Web Site for review when an AVC is unable to attend the live session.

 

 

AV TRAINING 1 INTRODUCTION TO NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.

Pre-Class Assignments: You need to have copies of these documents available to follow along with this presentation.

        Download and review a copy of the AV/PQS from NS Web Site at WWW.USCGAAN.COM  prior to this training session.

        Download and review a copy of the District Specific Tasks from NS Web Site WWW.USCGAAN.COM  prior to this session.

Presentation Topics:

       (1) WebEX Orientation Session.  The new procedure will be explained.

       (2) Orientation of the Navigation Systems Web Site.  [Everything that you need to know about Aids to Navigation and Bridges is available on this Web Site.]

       (3) Understanding the AV Qualification Process.

       (4) Review of the AV/PQS.

       (5) Review of the required District Specific Tasks.

       (6) HMRAP Harbormaster Ride Along Program is explained.

 

Homework Assignments to be completed before attending AV Training 2 session.

       Find the following Nautical Catalogs and Almanacs on the D1NR Web Site (www.uscgaan.com).  Familiarize yourself with their purpose and the information provided by each publication.  Note that they are all free.

   Corrected Light List (Dont download. This document is corrected weekly. Reference the Web Site copy.

   LNM Local Notice to Mariners. (Dont download.  New issues are provided each week. Sign up for weekly e-mail or reference the Web Site.)  AVs should read this document each week.

   Chart No.1 (Download to your PC and review.)

   Corrected Coast Pilot. (Dont download.  This document is corrected every Tuesday. Reference the web site copy.)

   The Navigation Systems Calculator. (Download to your PC.)

       Read Part 66 of the Federal Regulations for Private Aids to Navigation available of the Private Aids web page at WWW.USCGAAN.COM (Review this document before the AV Training @ session.?

 AV TRAINING 2 NAUTICAL ALMANACS FEDERAL REGULATIONS INTRO TO ON-LINE NOAA CHARTS

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.

Question and Answer Session on Training Session 1 Topics and Homework.

 

Presentation Topics

       Introduction to the free and on-line Nautical Almanacs used by AVs

Review of the following documents on the NS Web Site at WWW.USCGAAN.COM .  These are the reference documents that AVs use to check the published information about private aids and bridges. The District Staff use these documents to establish and check data, and each AV references these documents as part of their verification, recheck and survey activity.

          The Harbormaster Private Aid to Navigation System.

          Corrected Light List

          LNM-Local Notice to Mariners

          Chart No. 1

          Corrected Coast Pilot

          The Navigation Systems Calculator

 

       Understanding the Federal Regulations for Private Aids to Navigation (PATONs).

Part 66 of the Federal Regulations for Private Aids to Navigation, available on the Private Aids web page at WWW.USCGAAN.COM, are the rules and regulations that every AV needs to know in order to make knowledgeable observations and decisions for their proper use of private aids in the field.

 

       An Introduction to NOAA Nautical Charts and the OpenCPN Chart viewer system.

Check out the various Nautical Chart packages that are available on the NS Web Site at WWW.USCGAAN.COM. This training is a comprehensive experience of all of the important elements of a NOAA Nautical Chart which are basic to your effectiveness as an Aid Verifier. Being able to correctly measure and plot private aids on electronic nautical charts is an important part of the AV skill set.

Homework Assignments:

 

       Obtain and read a copy of the Aid to Navigation Booklet from your Flotilla Supply Officer or Public Education Officer or download it from the NS website here: U.S. AtoN Booklet

 

 

 

AV TRAINING 3 INTRO TO THE AID TO NAVIGATION SYSTEM INTRO TO THE OPEN/CPN NOAA ON-LINE CHART SYSTEM.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

Question and Answer Session on Training Session 2 Topics.

 

Presentation Topics

 

A brief Introduction to the use of Open/CPN NOAA on-line charts by Mike Quinn
This important session introduces you to the Open/CPN NOAA Charts that AVs need using when verifying and checking private aids. 
 

   Basic Aid to Navigation (ATON) Training Presentation

This session deals with the specifications and physical aspects of private aids to navigation and their uses.  AVs use this information for every private aid that they verify and check as an Aid Verifier.

 

 

AV TRAINING 4 DISCREPANCIES ON AIDS TO NAVIGATION AND OTHER BUOYS AND STRUCTURES.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

Question and Answer Session on Training Session 3 Topics.

 

Presentation Topics:

 

         Private Aid to Navigation (PATON) Discrepancy Training.

This session deals with the various issues that AVs will have to deal with regarding reporting discrepancies on private aids to navigation.

 

Homework Assignment:

       Request a copy of a local Run Sheet from the DSO-NS by e-mail and start to familiarize yourself with it before the next session. Run Sheets are only available to AVs who support the First Northern Coast Guard.

AV TRAINING 5 USING THE PATON RUN SHEET OPERATIONAL SOP FOR PERFORMING VERIFICATION ON A PRIVATE AID.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

Question and Answer Session on Training Session 4 Topics.

 

Presentation Topics:

 

       How to use the new PATON Run Sheet.

Run Sheets are used in the field for collecting the required observations for scheduled private aid verifications and checks.

                       

 

         Operational SOP for performing a scheduled Triennial verification or recheck on a Private Aid.

This critical training session explains the Standard Operating Procedure for verifying private aids to navigation in the field from the pre-underway check at the dock to the submission of the CG-7054 PATON Report on the on-line Harbormaster System. This procedure is required and must be followed for properly verifying a private aid to navigation.

 

AV TRAINING 6 NAVIGATION TOOLS FOR THE AV - USING THE GARMIN 78S GPS -  OpenCPN Charts and Google Earth

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

Question and Answer Session on Training Session 5 Topics.

 

Presentation Topics:

 Using Open/CPN Charts when verifying and checking Private Aids.

These free on-line charts can easily be maintained in a highly accurate state and offer the AV a series of on-line navigation tools to perform all of the required navigational tasks quickly and accurately.

       Using Open CPN Charts for Chart Updating projects.

Special navigational techniques for performing Chart Updating are explained.

 

 

AV TRAINING 7 INSTALLATION AND SETUP OF OpenCPN. INSTALLATION OF NOAA CHARTS.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

Question and Answer Session on Training Session 6 Topics.

 

Presentation Topics

       How to download Open/CPN NOAA Charts onto your personal computer.

 How to update your Open/CPN NOAA charts on your personal computer.

 Homework Assignment:

       Download the First District Open/CPN NOAA Chart package to your PC.

       Read the Federal Regulations concerning Bridges and Bridge Lighting.

 

AV TRAINING 8 REVIEW OF BRIDGE LIGHTING AND OTHER SAFETY EQUIPMENT REPORTING BRIDGE SURVEYS TO THE CG.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

Question and Answer Session for resolving download problems on Open/CPN Charts incurred trying to download Open/CPN NOAA Charts to your PC.

 

Presentation Topics

 

       Understanding bridge lighting and safety equipment specifications.

 Using the on-line Bridge Reporting System.

This on-line Bridge System is proprietary to First Northern Coast Guard Auxiliary AVs and is very similar to the on-line bridge system version used by the First Southern Coast Guard Auxiliary AVs. Most other Districts used paper reports that are manually prepared and mailed to the Coast Guard.

 

Homework Assignment

  Log onto the on-line First District Bridge Systems and familiarize yourself with the various screens and their purpose before this training session. 

 AV TRAINING 9 UNDERSTANDING THE PREPARATION OF THE ON-LINE CG-7054 PATON REPORTING SYSTEM ON HARBORMASTER.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

This on line PATON management system is only available to AVs in the CG First District

 

Question and Answer Session for AV Training 8 Bridges.

 

Presentation Topics

       How to prepare the required CG-7054 PATON Report on-line on the Harbormaster System.

Since you will not be allowed access to the Harbormaster System until you are AV qualified, this training session is presented on-line and walks you through the various options for creating and submitting a CG7054 PATON Report. You will have to submit on-line 7054 PATON Reports as part of your AV Qualification training.

 

       Dealing with lateral aids with critical discrepancies and the need to get the discrepancy reported to the marine public via a LNM Local Notice to Mariners.

 

       Understanding the PATON Program Screening Process.

When you submit a CG-7054 PATON Report, it goes into suspension before it is sent to the PATON owner and the CG ANT.  This screening process will be demonstrated and explained during this important training session. Note that the screener has the capability to correct your CG-7054 PATON Report in order to maintain the Navigation Systems 100% Report Accuracy Goal. If erroneous or incomplete reports cannot be corrected by the PATON Screener, they will be rejected back to the submitting AV for review and resubmission.

 

       District PATON Screeners Review of the AVs suspended CG-7054 PATON Report.

AVs receive back a copy of the CG-7054 PATON Report after it is possibly modified and accepted by the PATON Screener.  This important training session demonstrates and explains what report fields are important for the AV to review in order to avoid future report rejections.  AVs are asked to think of this report as part of an on-the-job training exercise.

       The PATON Report Rejection Process and the Review of the AVs Copy of the PATON Rejection Report.

When the PATON Screener cannot make appropriate corrections to your CG-7054 PATON Report, the report will be rejected back to the AV.  This training session explains what happens when the screener selects this option.  A copy of an actual rejection report will be demonstrated and AV follow up procedures will be explained.

AV TRAINING 10 AVC FINAL UNDERWAY CHECK OFF SIMULATION REVIEW / WALK THROUGH

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 2000 to 2200 hrs.

 

       AV will pre-underway calibrate their GPS and Echo-sounder that will be used for the PATON Patrol.

        This activity is a prerequisite for the preparation of the Accuracy Statement that is required with each CG-PATON         Report that is generated during the PATROL.

       AV will make assignments for the rest of the NS team aboard the vessel.  Part of this briefing will be an explanation of the specific private aid verifications and rechecks that are scheduled on the Run Sheet being used for the Patrol.  The following assignments will be reviewed:

  Positioning plan.

  Depth plan.

  IALA-B Status of the Aid.

  Review of discrepancies observed on the private aid.

  Quality Control checks on reports.

       AV will brief the Coxswain as to the directions to the first PATON on the Run and the route that needs to be taken to complete the planned patrol in a complete and timely manner following the sequence of the PATONs on the Run Sheet.  Planned route should be presented and reviewed on a current NOAA Chart.  Maneuvering and boat speed issues should be clarified with the coxswain at this time.

        AV will direct the verification of a minimum or two laterals aid to navigation and record the required observations on a Run Sheet.  Different types of private aids are desired floating lateral fixed lateral regulatory unauthorized, etc.  AV should also perform a recheck of a private aid.

More Important Advice for AVCs!

Dont underestimate the amount of effort that is required to become Aid Verifier Qualified.  Instead, focus your attention on the navigation skills that you will receive from these training sessions.  The actual act of verifying a private aid is fairly simple and quick. However, the background knowledge that is required can be burdensome but necessary. A quick method to attain this knowledge is to hang out with qualified and current AVs and participate with them on their Navigation Systems Patrols.  Dont be afraid to ask questions.  As your DSO-NS, I have been working with the Aid to Navigation program for over thirty-four years and I still have to ask questions about situations that I run into in the field.  We welcome every Auxiliarist to join with us in this worthy Coast Guard endeavor.  We also understand that it will take a substantial effort to complete the AV Training.  We will work with you to see you through the training and get you qualified. Much of your newly acquired skills will be honed by your activity and experiences in the field.  This support starts on February 6th on Webex at 8:00pm.

 

Aid Verifier Final Underway Check-Off AV Training 10

 

AV Candidate ___________________________ Date _______________________

Pre-Patrol Activity

1.   AV ordered the correct Run Sheet for the Patrol area prior to the patrol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . ___ 2 pts                                              

2.   AV pre-reviewed the PATONs on the Run Sheet and was aware of the location of the aids were scheduled for verification, recheck, missing photo and PATON Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . ____ 2 pts.

3.   AV had the required equipment necessary to complete the required observations.

a.      Marine-grade GPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . .____  2 pts

b.      Echo-Sounder or Lead Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .____  2 pts

c.       Camera . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ____  2 pts

d.      NOAA Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ____ 2 pts

4.   AV made copies of the pertinent documents that support the accuracy of the PATONs info on the Run Sheet being used:

a.      Appropriate pages of the latest Corrected Light List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____  2 pts            

b.      Appropriate pages of the latest version updated Coast Pilot. . . . . . . . . . . _____  2 pts

c.       Copies of pages of the latest LNM with references to the PATONs on the Run.____  2 pts

5.   AV confirmed that the GPS Set was:

a.      Marine Grade GPS (Had EPE, 3D read out capability) . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . _____   2 pts

b.      GPS was set to read out positions in Degrees, Minutes and Seconds . . . . . _____   2 pts

c.       GPS was set to Nautical Miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  _____   2 pts

d.      The AV updated the Accuracy Statement on page 1 of the Run Sheet . . .  _____   2 pts

e.      The position and depth of the Echo Sounders transducer was identified .  _____  2 pts

f.        The AV updated the Accuracy Statement with the Mfg. name of the Echo Sounder and  depth of the transducer on the Run Sheet . . . . .  . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .  _____  2 pts

 

 

 

Pre-Underway Activity

6.   AV calibrated or checked the calibration of the GPS to insure that it was operating accurately . . .  ____ 2 pts

a.      AV updated the Accuracy Statement on page 1 of the Run Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ____ 2 pts

7.   AV Sanity Checked that the Echo-sounder was operating accurately. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . .  _____ 2 pts

 

8.   AV assigned specific tasks to available crewmembers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ____  2 pts

9.   AV Instructed the Coxswain on the recommended route using a current NOAA Chart . . . . . .. . . . .  ____ 2 pts

10.                                                    

AV explained the function and assigned specific tasks to available crew members:

a.      Aid and discrepancy Photographer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____ 2 pts

b.      Observation Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____ 2 pts

c.       GPS Operator and reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  _____ 2 pts

d.      Echo Sounder Operator and reader  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  _____ 2 pts

e.      Timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ._____ 2 pts

f.        Aid Observer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____ 2 pts

g.      HOT-Height of Tide calculator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ._____ 2 pts

h.      Depth at Datum calculation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  _____ 2 pts

i.        EPE-Estimated Position and 3D Error Reader . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . _____ 2 pts

On Scene Activity

11.               AV indicated three reasons as proof that the correct aid was being observed. . . . . . . .  . . ._____ 2 pts

12.               AV supervised the verification of the private aid:

a.               Date and time were recorded on the Run Sheet for the aid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____ 2 pts

b.               Vessel was maneuvered in position to verify the aid properly and accurately.  _____ 2 pts

c.         The position of the aid was observed and recorded in degrees, minutes and seconds -     00-00-00.000 on the Run Sheet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .  ____ 2 pts

d.               The EPE-Estimated Position Error and 3D were read and recorded. . . . . .. . . . . ____ 2 pts.

e.               The depth was read and recorded on Run Sheet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .____ 2 pts

f.          The HOT Height of Tide was looked up and recorded on the Run Sheet. . . . . .  ____ 2 pts

13.       Any unresolved, previously reported discrepancies were reviewed and noted on the Run Sheet.___ 2 pts

14.       All existing discrepancies observed on the PATON were noted on the Run Sheet . . . . . . .. . . . . . ___ 2 pts

 

15.       AV reported a critical discrepancy for a lateral aid to the DSO-NS. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ____ 2 pts

16.       AV looked up the HOT-Height of Tide for the date/time of the fix and updated the Run Sheet. . ____ 2 pts

17.       AV calculated the Depth at Datum manually . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ____ 2 pts

 

18.       AV calculated the distance between the Permitted Position and the Observed Position in feet:

a.      Manually using the Open/CPN Chart . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . ____ 2 pts

b.      Using the Run Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . ____ 2 pts

c.       Using the Navigation Systems Calculator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .____ 2 pts

19.       AV made a determination whether the aid was OFF STA (Off Station):

a.      Manually, using the Off Station Criteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____2 pts

b.      Using the Run Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ._____ 2 pts

c.       Using the Navigation Systems Calculator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ._____ 2 pts

20.       Using the observed POSN, the AV plotted the aid on the local NOAA Chart . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .  _____2 pts

21.       AV updated their observations to a computerized Run Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____2 pts

22.       Referencing the updated RUN Sheet, AV prepared and submitted a CG-7054 PATON Report. _____2 pts

 

Here are the 2018 Navigation Systems Training Topics, Dates and assignments.

IMPORTANT:  Please e-mail the DSO-NS at FrankJLarkin@verizon.net of your intentions to attend this training.  Reminder e-mails will be sent one day prior to the training.  Much of the AV qualification tasks can be completed by attending this training.

 

Past Webex Training from 2018
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Session 1 - 2/6/18 - Introduction to Navigation Systems.

Session 2 - 2/20/18 - NAUTICAL ALMANACS FEDERAL REGS INTRO TO NOAA CHARTS

Session 3 - 3/13/18 -  INTRO TO THE AID TO NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Session 4 - 3/20/18 DISCREPANCIES ON AIDS TO NAVIGATION AND OTHER BUOYS AND STRUCTURES.

Session 6 4/10/18 - USING THE GARMIN 78S GPS - OpenCPN Charts

 

D-Train PowerPoint Presentations
GPS-78s - Mike Quinn
OpenCPN - Mike Quinn

Frank1

Frank2

 

Take this opportunity to join a unique group of skilled Auxiliarists who verify the Private Aids and survey the Bridges of First Northern.

 Current and qualified Aid Verifiers are also invited to upgrade their navigation skills and experiences narrated by highly skilled AVs.

Coxswains and Boat Crew qualified Auxiliarists are especially requested to become Aid Verifier qualified since the PATON and Bridge programs are a perfect match for Operational activities.

Please pass this information to your Flotilla and Division members.

Contact Frank Larkin, DSO-NS 013 if you have any questions about these programs.

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