Instrument Ground – AVIA 310

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/11/2022

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.

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

Rationale

The purpose of AVIA 310 is to prepare the student to satisfactorily 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

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. (MLO: 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”. (MLO: 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. (MLO: 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. (MLO: 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. (MLO: 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. (MLO: 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.

Please Note:

Rotorcraft or fixed wing pilots who have previously taken, passed, and have earned their instrument rating may submit their FAA certificate to the professor, then take the three practice exams. The three practice exams will be averaged together to receive earned points for this assignment.

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. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)