Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AVS 260
Course Title:
Helicopter: CFI Ground
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Course Description

Includes flight instruction fundamentals, evaluation techniques, and related skills necessary for a Flight Instructor certificate. Emphasizes instruction techniques and presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing and CFI knowledge tests. Prerequisites: AVS 150. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The Flight Instructor ground school course is designed to teach the aeronautical knowledge areas necessary to take the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing and CFI knowledge tests. Lectures, discussions, group teaching/learning, videos, handouts, and written tests may be used to provide the student with the information needed to accomplish this. Class participants will be expected to invest time outside of class to master the course content. Material missed by students during an allowed absence will be made available to them as selected by the instructor and the applicable FAR requirements.

Intended Outcomes for the course

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

  1. Schedule, take, and pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing and CFI knowledge tests.
  2. Plan and teach a lesson about private or commercial pilot knowledge areas.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will explain the methods used to evaluate and record student progress, and the criteria for assigning a course grade. Evaluation methods may include one or more of the following: Tests and quizzes, attendance, participation, class assignments, peer assessment, and class projects. The instructor will immediately grade each stage exam and final exam, and if necessary, have students complete a review and retake of the exam, until a minimum score of 80% is achieved. The instructor will issue a 141 disenrollment notice to any student who fails to meet the progress requirements. Students so affected must consult with the instructor concerning options available.

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 and approved by College management.
Aeronautical knowledge training will be provided in the following areas for this course as outlined in FAR 61.185 (a) and FAR 141 appendix F (3):

1. The fundamentals of instructing including:

  1. The learning process;
  2. Elements of effective teaching;
  3. Student evaluation and testing;
  4. Course development;
  5. Lesson planning; and
  6. Classroom training techniques.

2. The aeronautical knowledge areas in which training is required for recreational, private and commercial certificates applicable to rotorcraft €“ helicopter.