I hope you have already read my previous post Why should I get Ground Instructor Certificate along with CFI Certificate. If you have not, do so now, and then come back and read this post.
Privileges of a Ground Instructor Certificate
The certification of a Ground Instructor is governed by 14 CFR 61.215. There are 3 ratings you can have on a Ground Instructor certificate;
- Basic – Basic Ground Instructor or BGI authorizes the certificate holder to teach the ground school or aeronautical portion of a sport pilot, recreational pilot and a private pilot course.
- Advanced – Advanced Ground Instructor or AGIauthorizes the certificate holder to teach the ground school or aeronautical portion of:
- all pilot certificate courses; i.e all courses listed for BGI above, plus commercial pilot and airline transport pilot course;
- flight instructor single and multi engine course;
- other specialized or custom pilot training courses, like CFI refresher course, FAA Wings Program course, etc.
- Instrument – Instrument Ground Instructor or IGIauthorizes the certificate holder to teach the ground school or aeronautical knowledge portion of an instrument rating course, flight instructor instrument airplane rating course, etc.
A Ground Instructor can also
- teach certain other courses’ ground or aeronautical knowledge portions, like Flight Review, Instrument Proficiency, Add-on category or class ratings, aviation safety seminars (to be able to get the credits towards the Wings Program).
- be the chief ground instructor of a FAR part 141 approved course appropriate to the ground instructor certificate and rating(s) held.
- provide logbook endorsements to recommend an applicant for a FAA pilot and/or instructor knowledge test.
- prepare, administer, and evaluate a pre-solo written exam.
Procedure to obtain Ground Instructor Certificate
- Pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) written exam.
- Pass the appropriate (BGI, AGI, IGI) knowledge exam.
- Setup an appointment with the local FSDO, hand the inspector over the results of the above two exams, and in exchange receive your Ground Instructor certificate.
Additional Information and Recommendations
- If you are not a pilot certificate holder, and planning to get your Ground Instructor certificate, we suggest that you receive proper training with CFI Academy (or another instructor or school); even though there is no requirement to do so.
- The reason for # 1 above is: teaching aviation ground school or aeronautical knowledge at any level demands thorough understanding of the subject matter, and lives depend on it.
- You will have a better chance at convincing a prospective employer to hire you as a ground instructor if you can show the proper documented training records, Especially if you do not have any other aviation instructor background.
- If you are coming out of the military, and you have aviation instructor background in the military (pilot, navigator, engineer, etc), then this is something that can get you hired in the civil aviation training industry immediately. However, training recommended in # 1 should still be considered.
- Review the Limitations of the Ground Instructor in the FARs (there is no expiration of the certificate, but there are rules about currency etc).