Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) – AVIA 423

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/06/2022

Course Description

This course is designed to train students to successfully complete the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Certificate. The course will contain both academic classroom and aircraft flight training required by FAA regulations.

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


The purpose of this course is to integrate all flight training through the commercial certificate into the practical FAA requirements to become a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument. The requirements of this course come from FAA Advisory Circular AC 61-65E regulations. Completion of this course will prepare the student to take the FAA in-flight practical CFII check flight.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the requirements for an FAA Certified Flight Instructor Instrument.
  2. Explain the responsibilities and key elements of advanced ground training.
  3. Discuss all maneuvers required for FAA CFII certification.
  4. Exhibit an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of how a flight student learns.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Students must submit a 2–3 minute video introduction. Students may use a multi-media platform of choice to record your video. However, Kaltura is recommended. Specific elements stated within the discussion board prompt must be included. This will be a graded assignment. Students must also reply to at least 2 classmates' introductions. Each reply must contain at least 150 words, including a question or a relevant follow-up response to guide the discussion.

The Flight Affiliate Handbook provides essential information to the successful completion of your flight training program and requirements. This quiz will ask you to acknowledge that you have read the FTA Handbook provided to you via the FTA Welcome Letter as well as any and all information provided to you on the Liberty University Flight Training Affiliate Program website.  (MLO: A)

The student must complete various Discussions in this course. Each student will post an initial thread of 400-500 words of the assigned Module: Week for each Discussion. In addition, the student must then post 2 replies of 250 words. These are intended to be scholarly dialogues and for each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with proper scholarly support in APA format with sources listed as References at the end of the post.  (MLO: C)

As the student progresses through Flight Training Syllabus at their Flight Training Affiliate, it is very important that the student stays on pace to complete the course requirements before the end of the term. To help the student stay fully aware of their own progress and to keep the professor informed, the student will submit a Flight Course Log Quiz. This is the student’s opportunity to keep a journal of their flight training experience and it will serve as a means for the professor to understand how things are going in flight training.

Lesson Plan Assignments (3)

As an Instrument Flight Instructor, the student will be responsible for teaching some of the most challenging material in flight training. It is imperative that the student can adequately communicate and instruct future pupils. At this point, the student has already earned the title of Flight Instructor and holds an Instrument Rating; now, the student is required to integrate the material in a manageable manner for his/her students. These lesson plan assignments are designed to help the student organize his/her thoughts and prepare for the ground lessons the student will need to teach. These three lesson plans must follow the instructions provided in each module and be submitted in the provided template. (MLO: A, C, D)

The purpose of these quizzes is to prepare you for instructing. Each quiz will cover material from the Flight Instructor Instrument Practical Test Standards for Airplane (PTS) not by the assigned readings. Questions can come from any aspect of the Flight Instructor Instrument Practical Test Standards for Airplane (PTS). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain various multiple-choice questions. These quizzes may be taken up to 5 times with unlimited minutes. The highest score will be recorded.  (MLO: A, B, C)

The purpose of this assignment is to prepare a Flight Lesson Plan and a visual and audio lesson presentation regarding a student created flight lesson plan to include applicable references from this course. As a Flight Instructor, the future of Aviation is in your hands. Providing a clear lesson is crucial for knowledge attainment and skill performance. The following are required elements of the Flight Lesson Plan Presentation:

  • Lesson Plan Template: You are to use the provided “Lesson Plan Template” and create a thorough flight lesson that you would present to your student. The lesson must be over a flight topic that a flight instructor would need to teach a flight student.
  • PowerPoint Presentation: You will then create a PowerPoint presentation to “teach” the flight knowledge, concepts, and skills that you will use as you visually teach the lesson to the flight student. Be sure to use images that will assist in relaying practical real-world skills.
  • Prepare a video of you teaching the lesson you have prepared. This student can be sitting right beside you in the video as you teach or you can “pretend” the student is in the video.

Once your professor watches the lesson, they should fully understand and apply the knowledge and skills you have taught.  (MLO: A, B, C)

As the student progresses through their Flight Training Syllabus at their Flight Training Affiliate, it is very important that the student stays on pace to complete the “Percent of TCO” requirement before the end of the course. To help the student stay fully aware of their own progress and to keep the professor informed, the student will upload the “Percent of TCO Form” verifying “percent of TCO” progress at the midterm and final week of the course. This form will provide crucial information exchanged between all stakeholders (professor, student, and flight instructor/ FTA).

In order to pass this class, the student must complete their Flight Instructor Instrument training at an approved Flight Training Affiliate (FTA). Once complete, the student must submit either a copy of the FAA Flight Instructor Instrument Certificate (front and back), or Temporary FAA Flight Instructor Instrument Certificate if applicable.  (MLO: A, B, C, D)