Instrument Ground – AVIA 310

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.


AVIA 225 and AVIA 220


The purpose of AVIA 310 is to prepare the student to satisfacturally complete the Federal Aviation Administration approved Instrument Rating Certificate course with specific focus on the knowledge and theory development and completion of the FAA Instrument Knowledge written test. The student must be competent in their knowledge as well as meet the FAA airman certification standards. This course is required by the FAA to meet the minimum standards of 14CFR Part 141. Once the endorsement is signed, the student will be eligible to take the FAA Instrument practical test.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a satisfactory level of knowledge to pass the FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Exam
  2. Examine the topics relevant to instrument flight operations
  3. Analyze and interpret weather, performance, navigation, and other data relevant to instrument flight operations
  4. Apply knowledge to identify and solve problems related to instrument flight operations
  5. Describe the legal and certification requirements to obtain the instrument rating and maintain currency
  6. Describe aircraft design principles and instrument requirements applicable to instrument flight
  7. Describe the impact of human factors on safety aspects of instrument flight
  8. Describe the integration of airports, airspace, and air traffic control relevant to instrument flight operations

Course Assignment

Web-Based Course Assignments (7)

Student will complete weekly assignments within the Cessna/King Schools web-based course.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related course requirement checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums and Replies (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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.

Essay Questions (2)

The student will respond to data provided in the format of essay questions. Each response must be at least 50–150 words.

Project - Cross Country Flight Plan

Students will plan an IFR Cross Country, included current weather and alternate selection, which will be submitted via Blackboard.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions, 2 essay questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Written Exam Practice Tests

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 on each exam, the student will request an endorsement from their professor (if not provided by local instructor) to take the FAA Written Exam.

PSI FAA Written Exam Submission

Students will complete an external proctored exam, The FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge exam. This exam is required for the Instrument Rating practical exam and will have a corresponding cost. Please contact your FTA location for cost and to schedule.

Rotorcraft or fixed wing pilots may submit their FAA certificate that is equal to or higher than this course and receive full credit for this assignment.

Residential Aviation Minors will be offered an alternate final exam.

CAUTION: By receiving certificate/rating-based alternative credit or an alternative final exam option, the student understands that they will not be eligible to receive a Part 141 graduation certificate or participate in the RATP program.

Part 141 Graduation Certificate

To successfully complete AVIA310 (Instrument Theory Course) and receive a 14 CFR 141 ground graduation certificate, the student must complete all of the training elements included in this course and the End of Course test (FAA Exam) must be passed with a minimum score of 70%.