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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.
the AV Qualification Process.
Review of the
downloaded a copy of the AV/PQS from
WWW.USCGAAN.COM prior to this training session?
Review of the
required District Specific Tasks.
downloaded a copy of the District Specific Tasks from
WWW.USCGAAN.COM prior to this
AV TRAINING 2
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.
Introduction to the free
and on-line Nautical Almanacs used by AVs
Review the following documents on the NS
Web Site at WWW-USCGAAN-COM. These are the reference documents that you
will be using to check the published references for private aids and
bridges. The District Staff uses these documents to establish and check
data, and for each AV to reference in the course of their duty as an AID
Private Aid to Navigation System.
Notice to Mariners
Chart No. 1
The Navigation Systems
Understanding the Federal Regulations for Private Aids to Navigation (PATONs).
Read Part 66 of
the Federal Regulations for Private aids to Navigation available of the
Private Aids web page at
before this session. These are the rules and regulations that you, as an AV,
need to know in order to make correct and accurate decisions in the field.
Introduction to NOAA Nautical Charts
and the Open/CPN Chart system.
We check out the
various Nautical Chart packages that are available on the NS Web Site at
This training is a comprehensive experience of all of the important elements
of a NOAA Nautical Chart which is 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 experience.
TRAINING 3 Tuesday,
March 21, 2017 @ 2000 to 2130 hrs.
Basic Aid to Navigation (ATON) Training presentation
This session deals
with the specifications and physical aspects of private aids to navigation
and their uses. You will use the information that you learn from this
session for every private aid that you verify and check as an Aid Verifier.
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 should be using when
verifying or checking private aids.
March 28, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.
Private Aid to Navigation
(PATON) Discrepancy Training.
You are introduced to the more frequent
discrepancies that you may encounter in the field. This is a more practical
look at private aids seen through the eyes of a professional AV that you are
studying to become.
AV TRAINING 5
April 11, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.
How to Use the new PATON Run Sheet.
Run Sheets are used in the field for
collecting the required observations on a private aid. Proper use of these
tools for collecting field observations makes the final PATON CG7054 Report
preparation a simple and accurate task.
Operational SOP for performing a
scheduled Tri-annual verification or check on a Private Aid. (Updated)
This critical training session explains
the Standard Operating Procedure for verifying a private aid to navigation
in the field from the pre-underway check at the dock to the submission of
the 7054 PATON Report on the on-line Harbormaster System.
AV TRAINING 6
April 18, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.
Using Open/CPN Charts for
verifying and checking Private Aids and the Garmin GPS 78S
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
Using Open CPN Charts for
Chart Updating projects.
Special navigational techniques for
performing Chart Updating are explained.
April 25, 2017 at 2000 to 2130 hrs.
Downloading Open/CPN NOAA
Charts onto your personal computer.
In this session, you will learn to
download the Division 1 Open/CPN Chart package onto your Personal Computer.
This will give you the benefit of the latest updated charts directly from
NOAA. Typical on-line commercial chart packages, that are available, are
often up to one or two years out of date and are, therefore, not usable for
verifying private aids to navigation.
There are also some special application
packages that NS has developed that makes the verification job quicker and
Updating your Open/CPN NOAA
charts on your personal computer.
This session shows you how to easily
correct your Open/CPN Charts on line. These updates bring your NOAA charts
to include all of the latest LNM Local Notice to Mariners corrections.
This saves AVs hours of efforts maintaining our chart packages and providing
our AVs with the most accurate data available. This is a critical part of
the AV 100% accuracy goal.
AV TRAINING 8
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 2000 to
Understanding bridge lighting and safety
Read the Federal Regulation about Bridge
Lighting specifications and operating regulations before this session on the
NS Web Site
These bridge regulations are a training course in themselves.
Using the on-line Bridge Reporting System.
Log onto the Bridge System and
familiarize yourself with the various screens and their purpose before this
training session. The purpose and use of these various screens will be
demonstrated in this session. Like the PATON System, there is an Auxiliary
Screening function designed into the Bridge System and, if needed, a report
rejection process. We use the rejection process as an on-the-job training
AV TRAINING 9
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2000 to
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 have to submit on-line 7054 PATON
Reports as part of your AV Qualification training.
Understanding the PATON
Program Screening Process.
When you submit a 7054 PATON Report, it
suspended before it is sent to the PATON owner and the USCG. This screening
process will be demonstrated and explained during this important training
session. Note that the screener as the capability to correct your 7054 PATON
Report in order to maintain the Navigation Systems 100% Report Accuracy
Goal. We use this rejection feature as an on-the-job training tool. If you
make a mistake or fail to provide a complete report, we think that it is
important that you are alerted to the problem. Our experience is that AVs
learn so much more about private aids by doing rather than attending class
room presentations. Our guidance with the use of the rejection feature is
an important tool for continuing an AVs private aid program education.
Review of the AVs Copy of the 7054 PATON
AVs receive a copy of the 7054 PATON
Report after it is accepted by the PATON Screener. This important training
session will demonstrate and explain what fields are important for the AV to
review in order to avoid future report rejections. AVs are asked to think
of this report as an on-the-job training exercise.
Review of the AVs Copy of the PATON
When the PATON Screener cannot make
appropriate corrections to your 7054 PATON Report, your report will be
rejected. This training session explains what happens when this option is
selected. A copy of an actual rejection report will be demonstrated. AV
follow up procedures will be explained.
A final check ride is
required. You will be asked to handle two or more PATONs on a Run Sheet and
direct the AV verification with the boat crew to complete a verification
exercise on the aids through the complete in the field procedure cycle from
checking the equipment, using the Run Sheet, making and recording and
submitting the CG5074 PATON Reports. Your job will be to convince the
assigned AV examiner of you competency as an AV.