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statement in all of flying (well, with the possible exception of
"there are no old, bold pilots.")
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Many pilots don't know that there are certificated ground (as
opposed to flight) instructors. Like flight instructors,
ground instructors must pass two written tests -- the Fundamentals
of Instruction test and an aeronautical knowledge test.
Note: An applicant for a ground
instructor certificate is not required if the applicant already
holds a flight instructor certificate, is a licensed teacher
certified for Grade 7 or higher, or is employed as a teacher at an
accredited college or university.
FAR 61.215 tells us the
privileges of three types of ground instructors-basic, advanced and
A basic ground instructor is authorized to provide:
- Ground training in the aeronautical knowledge areas for a sport
pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate, private pilot
certificate, or associated ratings under Part 61;
- Ground training for a sport pilot, recreational pilot, and
private pilot flight review; and
- A recommendation for a knowledge test required for the issuance
of a sport pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate, or
private pilot certificate under Part 61.
An advanced ground instructor is authorized to provide:
- Ground training in the aeronautical knowledge areas required
for any certificate or rating under Part 61;
- Ground training required for any flight review; and
- A recommendation for a knowledge test required for any
certificate under this part.
An instrument ground instructor is authorized to provide:
- Ground training in the aeronautical knowledge areas for an
- Ground training for an instrument proficiency check; and
- A recommendation for a knowledge test or the issuance of an
instrument rating under Part 61.
Aero-tip of the day: Want to teach
aviation, but not in flight? Consider earning a ground