Flight and Ground Instructor Theory – AVIA 410

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/13/2022

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.

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


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussion: Class Introductions

The student will submit a 2–3 minute video presentation introducing themselves to their fellow classmates. Specific elements described in the assignment are to be included. This will be a graded assignment and you 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 video thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 5 minutes in length 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 250 words. (CLO: A, B)

King Schools Course Assignments (7)

The student will complete weekly assignments within the King Schools web-based course. (CLO: A, B)

Essays (2)

The student will respond to data provided in the format of essay questions. Each response must be at least 500 words and must follow current APA format. (CLO: B)

Lesson Plan Project Assignment

The student will create a lesson plan. The purpose of this assignment is to prepare a lesson plan to teach an IFR cross-country flight between departure and destination points to a student. This assignment includes both a visual and audio lesson presentation creating a flight lesson plan to include applicable references from this course. (CLO: A, B, C)

FAA Written Exams Scheduled Assignment

Students must schedule a time with an approved testing center in order to take their TWO FAA Written Exams; Both the FAA fundamentals of instructing (FOI), and the flight instructor airplane (FIA) written exam must be taken and passed in order to pass this course. The exams must be taken in accordance with the published assignment schedule and both exams must be completed and scores uploaded in Canvas by the end of the course.

FAA Written Exam Practice Tests

The student will complete 3 practice exams within the King Schools Course achieving a score of 90% or better on each exam. No endorsement is required to take both FAA Written Exams. (CLO: A, D, E)

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. (CLO: A, D, E)

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Modules: Weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain various questions, and have a set time limit. (CLO: A, D, E)