Flight and Ground Instructor Theory – AVIA 410

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

Course Description

This course provides the student with a detailed study of the responsibilities and teaching methods of a flight instructor. The course is divided into two major sections: fundamentals of teaching and learning, including effective teaching methods, learning process, consideration of flight training syllabi, effective evaluations, and flight instructor responsibilities. The second section covers the analysis of the flight maneuvers involved with Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates. The course will also provide practical teaching experiences.


AVIA 315


The Federal Aviation Administration’s Certified Flight and Ground Instructor Certificate is the most rigorous of all flight exams. The applicant must understand and apply the fundamentals of instructing. This course will provide current information on learning, teaching, and relating the information to the task of conveying aeronautical knowledge and skills to students.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of learning.
  2. Analyze a course syllabus and flight training procedures.
  3. Create lesson plans and teach a lesson utilizing a lesson plan.
  4. Pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction knowledge exam.
  5. Pass the FAA Flight Instructor – Airplane or knowledge exam.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 (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 at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 1 biblical reference. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Cessna Course Weekly Assignments (7)

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

Essay Questions (2)

The student will respond to data provided in the format of essay questions. Each response must be 50–150 words and must follow current APA format.

Project-Instructor Lesson Plan

The student will create a lesson plan and submit that lesson plan via Blackboard. The lesson plan topic will be assigned by the instructor.

FAA Written Exam Practice Tests

The student will complete 3 practice exams within the Cessna/King Schools Course achieving a score of 90% or better on each exam. No endorsement is required to take both FAA Written Exams.

FAA Written Exams Submission

The student will complete 2 externally proctored exams: The FAA Flight Instructor Airplane Written Exam and The FAA Fundamentals of Instruction Written Exam. These exams are required for the Flight Instructor practical exam and will have a corresponding cost. The student must contact his/her FTA location for information on the cost and scheduling.

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 questions, and have a 1-hour-and-30-minute time limit.