Commercial Ground – AVIA 315

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

Course Description

This course will cover advanced aeronautical knowledge in aerodynamics, regulations, meteorology, aircraft systems, and airspace operations required for the Commercial Pilot Knowledge and Oral examinations.


AVIA 310 and AVIA 220 and AVIA 225


This course will prepare the student to pass the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam with a minimum score of 70%, equip him/her with the knowledge to successfully answer required knowledge subject matter questions during the oral portion of the Commercial Pilot Practical exam, and provide the necessary information to safely employ an aircraft in the National Airspace System at or above FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain advanced aircraft operations and systems, with emphasis on the implications of systems failures to continue a safe flight.
  2. Analyze the Federal Aviation Regulations as they apply to commercial aviation.
  3. Explain aerodynamic factors that contribute to safe and efficient flight, and maximize aircraft performance.
  4. Explain advanced aviation weather conditions that apply to safe and efficient flight.
  5. Understand the human factor variables specific to aeromedical and aeronautical decision making.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to pass the Commercial Pilot FAA Knowledge Exam.
  7. Explore the mindset that we exist to love people and God, and help each other move toward authentic Christian living.

Course Assignment

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

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The thread will contain a minimum of 300 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 a minimum of 100 words.

Student will complete weekly assignments within the Cessna/King Schools web-based course. At the end of each section/module within the Cessna/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 within the section/module. The student score for this weekly assignment will be based on the percentage of questions answered correctly on the first attempt.

The student will respond to data provided in the format of essay questions. Each response must be a minimum of 100 words.

Students are to use what they have learned and prepare a PowerPoint presentation on a single engine in-flight emergency. This PowerPoint will be narrated by the student and should be at least 4 slides including the following: Define the emergency and the appropriate in-flight actions needed, as well as any post flight action required (if any). This assignment will be submitted to Blackboard.

Students will complete 3 open-book/open-notes quizzes throughout this course.  Each quiz will contain 25 multiple-choice questions and have a 2-hour time limit. Questions will come from the practice questions available in the King Schools Commercial web-based course.

Students must schedule a time with an approved testing center in order to take the test. 

The student may complete this optional assignment worth zero points. Located within the King Schools Commercial Pilot Course are three practice exams as well as the ability to randomly generate additional practice exams from the question database. These practice exams may help determine if the student is prepared to successfully complete the FAA written exam.

Students will complete an external proctored exam, the FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Knowledge exam. This exam is required for the Commercial Pilot practical exam and will have a corresponding cost. The student must contact their FTA location for cost and scheduling. If the student is enrolled in a flight course, the student may be able to use the flight lab fee to cover the cost of this test. The student will receive the full point value for successful completion of this test with a 70% grade or better.

Note:  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.

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.

To successfully complete AVIA315 (Commercial Theory Course) and receive a 14 CFR 141 ground graduation certificate, the student must complete all of the training elements included in this course, all the Cessna/King material and the End of Course test must be passed with a minimum score of 70%.