Course Content and Outcome Guide for AVS 135 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
AVS 135
Course Title:
Airplane: Instrument Flight
Credit Hours:
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Special Fee:

Course Description

Receive training in instrument flight operations including basic attitude instrument skills, radio navigation, departure and approach procedures and instrument cross-country planning and flying. Provides required flight and ground instruction in preparation for the FAA Instrument Rating €“ Airplane knowledge and practical tests. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; additional fees may be required. Prerequisites: AVS 125. Corequisites: AVS 107.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is part of a program designed to meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration for the Instrument-Airplane Rating.  Lecture/discussion/demonstration sessions and lab practice supported by written and multi-media materials will present to the student the knowledge and skills necessary to perform oral and practical tests, which are required to obtain an Instrument-Airplane Rating.  This course will be taught following or concurrently with AVS 130.  As necessary knowledge areas that are taught in AVS 130 will be reviewed to meet the completion requirements.  A minimum of 35 hours of flight training lab time (including flight training device) is required for the completion of the course along with the minimum performance standards listed below.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Qualify to take the FAA knowledge and practical tests for the Airplane Instrument rating;
  • Take responsibility as Pilot In Command to competently conduct the planning, preflight action, weather analysis and other procedures necessary to safely conduct flights under Instrument Flight Rules.
  • Exercise the flying skills necessary to conduct safe flights solely by reference to instruments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate and record student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade.  Evaluation methods will include written, oral, and practical testing.  Evaluation levels will meet or exceed those defined
by FAA-S-8081-4C (or subsequent edition) Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards, and required under 14CFR 141, FAA Approved Training Course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The remaining pages of this Course Content and Outcome Guide present the competencies, skills, concepts and themes which are designed to result in the outcomes listed above
Course Content and Outcome Guides are prepared by the Aviation Science Subject Area Curriculum Committee, are approved by College management, and are based on 14 CFR 141 Appendix C (4) (d) which requires:

  1. Preflight preparation;
  2. Preflight procedures;
  3. Air traffic control clearances and procedures;
  4. Flight by reference to instruments;
  5. Navigation systems;
  6. Instrument approach procedures;
  7. Emergency operations; and
  8. Post flight procedures.