AVIA320: Instrument Flight

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

Course Description

This course will provide basic instrument flight training. The course will require approximately 35 hours and will include a combination of both aircraft and simulator flight training. The student will gain an in-depth knowledge of Air Traffic Control procedures, airway navigation, and both precision and non-precision instrument approaches. This course will prepare the student for the FAA Instrument Practical Test.
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 integrate the information and skills learned in the Instrument Ground course with the actual in-flight requirements of the FAA Part 141 instrument flight training syllabus. Completion of this course leads to an endorsement to take the FAA Instrument Practical Examination.

Course Assignment

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

Students must submit a 2–3 minute video introduction. The student may use a multi-media platform of choice to record his/her video. However, Kaltura is recommended. Specific elements stated within the discussion prompt must be included. This will be a graded assignment. Students must also reply to at least 2 classmates’ introductions. Each reply must contain at least 150 words, including a question or a relevant follow-up response to guide the discussion.

The FTA Student Handbook provides essential information and requirements for the successful completion of the student’s flight training program. This quiz will ask the student to acknowledge that he/she has read the FTA Student Handbook provided in the SOA Flight Student Community (see Explore item in Module 1 for link as well as any and all information provided within the Liberty University ATLAS website). This quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 1 yes/no question, and have a 1 hour time limit.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must complete various Discussions in this course. Each student will post a thread of 400-500 words of the assigned module: week 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. A minimum of 2 scholarly sources are required for the initial thread. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

As the student progresses through Flight Training Syllabus at their Flight Training Affiliate, it is very important that the student stays on pace to complete the course requirements before the end of the term. To help the student stay fully aware of their own progress and to keep the professor informed, the student will submit a Flight Course Log Quiz. This is the student’s opportunity to keep a journal of their flight training experience and it will serve as a means for the professor to understand how things are going in flight training. Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 essay questions and have a 1 hour time limit.

As the student progresses through their Flight Training Syllabus at their Flight Training Affiliate, it is very important that the student stays on pace to complete the “Percent of TCO” requirement before the end of the course. To help the student stay fully aware of their own progress and to keep the professor informed, the student will upload the “Percent of TCO Form” verifying “percent of TCO” progress at the midterm and final week of the course. This form will provide crucial information exchanged between all stakeholders (professor, student, and flight instructor/ FTA).

The purpose of this assignment is to prepare a visual and audio briefing/presentation regarding a provided flight scenario to include applicable references from this Course. The visual briefing/presentation must include a 4-6 minute recorded Narrated PowerPoint presentation thoroughly covering all necessary key elements. Within the presentation, the student must include and cite from appropriate aviation resources. A minimum of 2 sources, APA formatted, is required. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

In order to pass this class, the student must complete their Instrument training at an approved Part 141 Flight Training Affiliate (FTA). Once complete, the student must submit BOTH of Part 141 Graduation Certificate and either a copy of the FAA Instrument Rating (front and back), or Temporary FAA Instrument Rating if applicable. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Personal Reflection Assignment

The student will write a 2-3 page paper (not including title and references) reflecting on their flight training experience. This experience includes both the academic work completed as well as the % of TCO completed during flight training at the FTA.  Questions include: What have you learned? What skills, knowledge, lessons, etc… have you learned that you will take with you as this term draws to a conclusion? Include specific examples of what God has done in your flight training over the past weeks and what you are thankful for from this course.

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