Flight Test Items -Preparatory Ground Instruction


To determine that the candidate can present preparatory ground instruction relevant to the planned flight lesson with a level of detail and explanation that would provide a constructive learning experience for a student.


The candidate will be asked to present preparatory ground instruction appropriate for the planned flight lesson.  It may be assumed that necessary ground school instruction has been completed.  When the lesson includes several exercises, preparatory instruction will normally be requested for only one of them.  For the Class 1 instructor rating, the activities here will normally sample preparatory ground instruction appropriate for the training of instructors.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate's ability to apply the instructional techniques and learning factors set out in the Flight Instructor Guide, including the ability to:

  1. prepare the teaching area for effective student learning (readiness);

  2. prepare/check training aids;
  3. determine that the student is ready for learning;

  4. explain where the lesson fits into the overall picture (relationship, readiness);

  5. identify the main teaching points (readiness);

  6. relate the lesson to past and/or future experiences of the student (relationship);

  7. start presentation of new material at the student’s level of understanding (readiness, relationship, effect);

  8. proceed at the rate of student comprehension (relationship, exercise, primacy, effect);

  9. use developmental teaching (exercise, effect, relationship);

  10. introduce each stage of the lesson and provide a link between stages (relationship);

  11. obtain student feedback throughout the lesson (exercise, effect);

  12. respond to student feedback (effect);

  13. identify and emphasize major points for the student (exercise, effect);

  14. give clear explanations (primacy, effect, relationship);

  15. use visual aids effectively (effect, intensity);

  16. use voice effectively by varying rate, volume and pitch (intensity);

  17. appear enthusiastic about the subject being taught (intensity);

  18. use eye contact effectively (intensity);

  19. involve the student effectively;

  20. confirm student learning at the end of each stage.

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