Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AVS 235
Course Title:
Airplane: Flight Instructor Flight
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Course Description

Provides a structured environment to learn to fly the aircraft from the instructor's seat. Learn to explain, demonstrate and to assess flight performance. Prepares students for the FAA Flight Instructor practical test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. The AVS 231, 232 sequence is an equivalent alternative to this course. Prerequisites: AVS 224 or AVS 225. Corequisites: AVS 207 and AVS 230.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed to complete the flight training requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration for a Flight Instructor rating. Lecture, discussion, demonstration sessions and lab practice supported by written and multi-media materials will present the student with the knowledge and skill necessary to complete oral and practical tests that are required to obtain a Flight Instructor rating. This course will be taught following or concurrently with AVS 230. Knowledge areas that are taught in AVS 230 will be reviewed and revised if necessary to meet the completion requirements.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Fly required maneuvers in both complex and non-complex airplanes to FAA Practical Test Standards from the right (instructor) seat.
2. Apply for and take the FAA Flight Instructor practical test.
3. Provide safe, high-quality flight instruction to students seeking FAA Pilot Certificates.

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-8081-6A (or subsequent edition) Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards (Single Engine), and required under 14 CFR 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 F (4)(c)(1), which includes:

  1. Fundamentals of instructing
  2. Technical subject areas
    1. Aeromedical factors
    2. Visual scanning and collision avoidance
    3. Use of distractions during flight training
    4. Principles of flight
    5. Elevators, ailerons, and rudder
    6. Trim devices
    7. Wing flaps
    8. Airplane weight and balance
    9. Navigation and flight planning
    10. Night operations
    11. High-altitude operations
    12. Federal Aviation Regulations
    13. Use of Minimum Equipment List
    14. Publications
    15. National airspace system
    16. Logbook entries and certificate endorsements
  3. Preflight preparation
  4. Preflight lesson on a maneuver to be performed in flight
  5. Preflight procedures
  6. Airport operations
  7. Takeoffs, landings and go-arounds
  8. Fundamentals of flight
  9. Slow flight, stalls and spins
  10. Basic instrument maneuvers
  11. Performance maneuvers
  12. Ground reference maneuvers
  13. Emergency operations
  14. Postflight procedures