Subpart – I Ground Instructors

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61.211 Applicability:

This subpart prescribes the requirements for the issuance of ground instructor certificates and ratings, the conditions under which those certificates and ratings are necessary, and the limitations upon those certificates and ratings.

61.213 Eligibility requirements:

  1. To be eligible for a ground instructor certificate or rating a person must:
    1. Be at least 20 years of age;
    2. Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language;
    3. Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, pass a knowledge test on the fundamentals of instructing to include :
      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
    4. Pass a knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas in :
      1. For a basic ground instructor rating, 61.97 and 61.105;
      2. For an advanced ground instructor rating, 61.97, 61.105, 61.125, and 61.155; and
      3. For an instrument ground instructor rating, 61.65.

61.215 Ground instructor privileges:

  1. A person who holds a basic ground instructor rating is authorized to provide:
    1. Ground training in the aeronautical knowledge areas required for the issuance of a private pilot certificate, or associated ratings under this part;
    2. Ground training required for a private pilot flight review; and
    3. A recommendation for a knowledge test required for the issuance of a private pilot certificate under this part.
  2. A person who holds an advanced ground instructor rating is authorized to provide:
    1. Ground training in the aeronautical knowledge areas required for the issuance of any certificate or rating under this part;
    2. Ground training required for any flight review; and
    3. A recommendation for a knowledge test required for the issuance of any certificate under this part.
  3. A person who holds an instrument ground instructor rating is authorized to provide:
    1. Ground training in the aeronautical knowledge areas required for the issuance of an instrument rating under this part;
    2. Ground training required for an instrument proficiency check; and
    3. A recommendation for a knowledge test required for the issuance of an instrument rating under this part.
  4. A person who holds a ground instructor certificate is authorized, within the limitations of the ratings on the ground instructor certificate, to endorse the logbook or other training record of a person to whom the holder has provided the training or recommendation specified in paragraphs (a) through (c) of this section

61.217 Recent experience requirements:

The holder of a ground instructor certificate may not perform the duties of a ground instructor unless, within the preceding 12 months:

  1. The person has served for at least 3 months as a ground instructor; or
  2. The person has received an endorsement from an authorized ground or flight instructor certifying that the person has demonstrated satisfactory proficiency in the subject areas prescribed in 61.213 (a)(3) and (a)(4), as applicable.

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