AVIA216: Private Ground

07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course is the complete private pilot ground course completed in one term. Private Ground develops the student’s aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot with an Airplane Single Engine Land rating. The Private Ground course covers basic aviation terms and concepts from FAA publications. Some concepts include basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems, flight planning, meteorology, airport operations, navigation, and several other important private pilot concepts.

Please note: AVIA 216 and AVIA 220 must be taken concurrently.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to successfully complete the FAA knowledge and practical test and to have a better understanding of the aviation career for which he/she is preparing.


Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Student will submit a 2–3 minute video presentation introducing themselves to their fellow classmates. Specific elements described in the assignment are to be included. This will be a graded assignment and you must reply to at least two other classmate introductions as well.

The student must complete various Discussions in this course. Each student will post an initial thread of 400-500 words of the assigned module for each Discussion. In addition, the student must then post 2 replies of 250 words. These are intended to be scholarly dialogues and for each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with proper scholarly support in APA format with sources listed as References at the end of the post.

The purpose of this assignment is to summarize material learned within the Learn section of each module.

(CLO: A-H)

The student is assigned specific lessons within the Cessna Course within each module. This assignment is a completion grade. The student must complete all lessons, videos, and questions for each assigned module/week and submit a copy of the “Phase Report” located in each section of the course in order to receive credit. The student must pace themselves to ensure completion of each assigned lesson, video, and question within the Cessna Course.


80% correct first attempt answers x 10 points available = 8 points for the submission.

Each week upload the Cessna course “Phase Reports” into the assignment window. 

(CLO: A-H)

Essay Assignments (4)

The student will respond to data provided in the format of essay questions. The response to each question must be at least 500 words.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain various questions, allow unlimited attempts, and have an assigned time limit. 

Inflight Emergency Presentation Project Assignment

Students are to use what they have learned and prepare a Narrated PowerPoint presentation about an aircraft/flight emergency situation. This could be an emergency that really happened or a made-up scenario. Students must define the emergency and the appropriate inflight actions needed, as well as any post flight action required (if any).

FAA Written Exam Practice Tests Assignment

Students will complete three practice exams within the Cessna/King Schools Course. On completion of three successful tests with a score of 90% or better, the student will be issued an endorsement to take the FAA Written Exam. Schedule FAA Written Exam date. Students must schedule a time with an approved testing center in order to take the test. This must be completed by the end of week 4, and the FAA Written Exam must be completed before the end of the course. 

Cross-Country Planning Project Assignment

Students will plan a VFR Cross Country flight between departure and destination points. The student must submit the cross-country planning/data sheets to include routing, fuel calculations, time estimates, weather synopsis, risk factors, NOTAMs, flight restrictions, and any other relevant needs to execute a cross-country flight.

To successfully complete AVIA 216 and receive a 14 CFR 141 ground school graduation certificate, the student must complete all of the training elements included in this course, and they must successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test with a minimum score of at least 70%.

The score that you receive on your knowledge test will be multiplied by the total number of points available in the assignment. Please keep in mind, each student must receive a 70% or better to receive any credit. If a student receives lower than a 70%, a score of 0 will be recorded for this assignment.

Example: If you score 80% on your FAA Knowledge Test, then 80% of 400 points = 320 Points.

The student will schedule their FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test.

Students will complete three practice exams within the Cessna/King Schools Course. Upon completion of three successful tests with a score of 90% or better on each exam, the student will request an endorsement from their professor (if not provided by local instructor) to take the FAA Knowledge Test.

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