AVIA310: Instrument Ground

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

The student will learn the FAA regulations, radio communications, air traffic control procedures, and meteorology as it relates to the instrument flight environment. The student will learn the proper use of radio navigational instruments and will be given study tools to prepare for the FAA Instrument written exam.

Please note: AVIA 310 and AVIA 320 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 equip the student with the requisite knowledge to successfully complete the FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Test and Practical Test, both of which are required to add an instrument rating to a pilot certificate. 

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

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

The student will submit a 2–3 minute video presentation introducing himself/herself to his/her fellow classmates. Specific elements described in the assignment are to be included. This will be a graded assignment and the student must reply to at least two other classmate introductions as well.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words. (CLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

King Instrument Rating Course

The student will complete Module: Week assignments within the King Schools web-based course. At the end of each section/module within the King Schools web-based course, there are questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, or short answer). These questions will all be based on the content that was presented to the student within the section/module. The student’s score for this weekly assignment will be based on the percentage of questions that were answered correctly on his/her first attempt. Each week, the student will upload the Cessna course “Phase Progress Report”. (CLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

Essays (2)

The student will respond to data provided in the format of essay questions. Each response must be at least 150 words. (CLO: D, E, F, G, H)

Cross Country Planning Project Assignment

The student will plan an IFR Cross Country to include current weather and alternate selection. (CLO: D, E, F, G, H)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain various question types, and have an assigned time limit. (CLO: B, C)

The student 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. The student 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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

To successfully complete AVIA 310 and receive a 14 CFR 141 ground graduation certificate, the student must complete all of the training elements included in this course, and the FAA Written Exam test must be passed with a minimum score of 70%.

The score that you receive on your written exam will be multiplied by the total number of points this assignment is worth. Please see below for an example. 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 Exam, then 80% of 400 points = 320 Points.

Fixed-wing pilots who have earned their instrument and/or commercial rating prior to this course will receive a zero for the written exam assignment as they have met the course requirements outside of the term dates and are not eligible, per the FAA, to retake the written exam. In addition, the student understands that they will not be eligible to receive a Part 141 graduation certificate or participate in the RATP program.

Rotorcraft pilots who have earned their instrument and/or commercial rating may submit their FAA certificate to the professor, then take the three practice exams as per the FAA, Rotorcraft pilots are not eligible to retake the written exam. The three practice exams will be averaged together to receive earned points for this assignment. The student understands that they will not be eligible to receive a Part 141 graduation certificate or participate in the RATP program. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

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