CHAPTER 159   ISSUANCE OF GROUND INSTRUCTOR
CERTIFICATE AND ADDED RATINGS


Section 1  Background

1.  PTRS Activity Code:  1530

3.  Objective.  The objective of this task is to determine if an applicant is eligible for a ground instructor certificate and associated ratings. Successful completion of this task results in the issuance or denial of a ground instructor certificate.

5.  General.

A.  Eligibility.  To be eligible for a ground instructor's certificate, a person must be at least 18 years old and must pass written tests on the subjects for which ratings are sought.

B.  Application.  Application for a Ground Instructor certificate or an additional ground instructor rating shall be made on FAA Form 8710-1.

C.  Ground Instructor Ratings.  The following Ground Instructor ratings are issued to qualified applicants:

·        Basic Ground Instructor

·        Instrument Ground Instructor

·        Advanced Ground Instructor

7.  Establishing Eligibility.

A.  Verification of Applicant's Identity.  Acceptable forms of identification include those which contain the applicant's signature and physical description as well as a photograph. See Chapter 1, Section 4, paragraph 5 of this handbook.

B.  Age Verification.  Acceptable forms of identification to verify the applicant's age include those in Chapter 1, Section 4, paragraph 5 of this handbook.

C.  FOI Substitution.  For applicants seeking to add a rating to a ground instructor certificate, previous ground instructor ratings or a flight instructor certificate can be accepted in lieu of an

 

additional FOI written test. The FOI written test is not required if the applicant meets one of the following criteria:

(1)  holds a current teacher's certificate issued by a state, county, or city authorizing the applicant to teach in a junior or senior high school; or

(2)  is regularly employed as an instructor in an accredited college or university.

9.  Preparation of Certificates.  When an applicant has met all requirements for a ground instructor certificate, the inspector prepares and issues FAA Form 8060-4 based on the following considerations.

A.  Exchange of Old Ratings.  If an applicant for a new rating holds more of the old ratings than required for the new rating sought, surplus old ratings shall be retained on the new certificate.

B.  Basic and Advanced Privileges.  Because the Advanced Ground Instructor Rating conveys all privileges of the Basic rating, the latter need not be shown on the certificate when the instructor has qualified for both.

C.  Advanced and Instrument Privileges.  Because the combined requirements for the Basic and Instrument Ground Instructor Ratings adequately cover the requirements for the Advanced Ground Instructor Rating, the latter may be added to the certificate when the applicant has qualified for both the Basic and Instrument Ground Instructor ratings. However, only the Advanced and Instrument Ratings shall be placed on the certificate .

11.  Recency Of Experience.  As per FAR § 143.19, a person may not act as a ground instructor unless within the preceding 12 calendar months, the instructor has served for at least three months as a ground instructor or unless an inspector determines that the instructor meets FAR Part 143 standards.

A.  Ground Instructor also a CFI.  W hen a ground instructor is also a flight instructor, the inspector reviews the person's ground instruction experience with a FAR Part 141 school or equivalent FAR Part 61 experience (e.g., FAR Part 61 school, adult education class, high school or college level aviation course, etc.). The inspector issues a letter or endorses the instructor's logbook to indicate that the instructor meets the standards of FAR Part 143 (Figure 159-1). No letter or logbook endorsement is issued if the standards are not met.


B.  Ground Instructor not a CFI.  When a ground instructor is not also a flight instructor, the inspector reviews the person's ground instruction record with a FAR Part 141 school or equivalent FAR Part 61 work experience (e.g., a FAR Part 61 school, adult education classes, high school or college aviation course, etc.). The inspector issues a letter indicating that the instructor meets the standards of FAR Part 143 (Figure 159-2). No letter is issued if the standards are not met.


Section 2  Procedures

1.  Prerequisites and Coordination Requirements.

A.  Prerequisites.  This tasks requires knowledge of the regulatory requirements of FAR Part 143 and FAA policies and qualification as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations) or Aviation Safety Technician .

B.  Coordination.  This task may require coordination with the Operations Unit Supervisor.

3.  References, Forms, and Job Aids.

A.  References.

·        FAR Parts 1, 61, 91, and 141

·        PTRS Field Office Manual

·        Order 8700.1, General Aviation Operations Inspector's Handbook

B.  Forms.

·        FAA Form 8000-36, PTRS Transmittal Form

·        FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certifi­cate (Figure 159-5)

·        FAA Form 8060-5, Notice of Disapproval (Figure 159-4)

·        FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Figure 159-3)

C.  Job Aids.

·        Table 1, Written Tests Required for Ground Instructor Certificate or Added Rating

·        Table 2, Exchange of Old Certificates

5.  Procedures.

A.  Schedule Appointment.  Inform the applicant of the necessary documentation to bring to the appointment:

(1)  A properly completed FAA Form 8710-1 (Figure 159-3)

(2)  Written test reports


 

(3)  If applicable, superseded ground instructor certificate

(4)  Other documents required to establish eligibility, e.g., documentation for substitution of credit for FOI written test

B.  Applicant Arrives for Appointment.

(1)  Collect the documentation indicated above.

(2)  Open PTRS file.

C.  Review Application.

(1)  In Section 1, ensure that the applicant has checked the box labelled "Ground Instructor."

(2)  Check the application for accuracy, using the instructions on the top of the form attachment and any additional instructions found in Chapter 1, Section 4.

D.  Verify Applicant's Identity and Age.  Inspect acceptable forms of identification to establish the applicant's identity. Compare the identification with the personal information provided on FAA Form 8710-1. (See Chapter 1, Section 4, paragraph 5 of this handbook.)

(1)  If the applicant's identify can be verified, proceed with the task.

(2)  If the applicant's identity cannot be verified because of lack of identification or inadequate indenti­fication, explain what types of identification are acceptable. Instruct the applicant to return with appropriate identification to reapply.

(3)  If the applicant's identity appears to be different from the information supplied on FAA Form 8710-1 or it appears that an attempt at falsification has been made, do not continue with this task. See Chapter 182, Conduct an Investigation to Determine Compliance.

E.  Determine Eligibility Based on Type of Written Test.  Inspect the applicant's written test reports. Use Table 1 to determine the Ground Instructor certificate for which the applicant is eligible.

 



TABLE 1

Certificate or Rating

 

Written Test Required

 

 

 

Sought

 

BGI

IGI

AGI

FOI

Ratings Usually Appearing on Certificate

BGI

 

X

 

 

X*

 

BGI

 

IGI

 

 

X

 

X*

 

IGI

 

AGI

 

X

X

 

 

 

AGI

 

AGI

 

 

 

X

X*

 

AGI

 

* The FOI written test does not have to be retaken, if previously passed.

 


F.  Substitution of Credit.  Determine if the FOI written test is not required by checking the applicant's documentation.

G.  Discrepancies.  If a discrepancy, which cannot be immediately corrected, exists in any of the items above, return the application and any documentation to the applicant and proceed as follows:

(1)  Explain why the applicant is not eligible.

(2)  Give an adequate explanation of how the applicant may correct the discrepancies.

(3)  Issue FAA Form 8060-5 as per Chapter 1, Section 6 (Figure 159-4).

(4)  Return the applicant's written test reports.

(5)  Complete FAA Form 8710-1.

(a)  Under "Inspector's Report" on the reverse side of FAA Form 8070-1, check the "Disapproved" Box.

(b)  Below the box for the aircraft registration number, check "Instructor," "Ground," and "Disapproval."

(c)  Under "Attachments" check "Notice of Disapproval."

(d)  Date and sign the application and indicate the district office acronym.

(6)  Forward a copy of FAA Forms 8060-5 and 8710-1 to AVN-460.

H.  Applicant Meets Requirements.  If an applicant meets all of the requirements for a Ground Instructor Certificate, issue FAA Form 8060-4 as per Chapter 1, Section 5 (Figure 159-5).

(1)  Fill in Section III as follows:

(a)  If the person already has a Ground Instructor Certificate, enter the number from the previous Ground Instructor Certificate.

(b)  If this is an original issuance, enter the applicant's social security number or the word "Pending" if the applicant does not want the SSN used.

(2)  Fill in the appropriate ratings in Section XII of FAA Form 8060-4.

(a)  For a Basic Ground Instructor only, enter "Ground Instructor" in Section IX. Enter "Basic" in Section XII.

(b)  For an Instrument Ground Instructor only, enter "Ground Instructor" in Section IX. Enter "Instrument" in Section XII.

(c)  For an Advanced Ground Instructor only, enter "Ground Instructor" in Section IX. Enter "Advanced" in Section XII.


 


(d)  For a Ground Instructor with Basic and Instrument ratings, enter "Ground Instructor" in Section IX. Enter "Instrument" and "Advanced" in Section XII.

(e)  For a Ground Instructor with Basic and Advanced ratings, enter "Ground Instructor" in Section IX. Enter "Advanced" only in Section XII.

(2)  Sign and have the applicant sign, in ink, both the original and the carbon copy.

(3)  Complete the inspector certification section and sign the reverse side of FAA Form 8710-1.

(4)  Forward the complete file to AVN-460:

(a)  FAA Form 8710-1

(b)  Superseded ground instructor certificate, if applicable

(c)  AC Form 8080-1 (Written Test Report)

(d)  FAA Form 8060-4

(e)  Any additional, supporting documentation

I.  Exchange of Old Ground Instructor Ratings.

(1)  Use Table 2 to determine eligibility for exchange of old ratings for new ones.


TABLE 2

 

Combination of Old Ratings Required for Specific Ground Instructor Certificate

OLD RATINGS

 

BGI

IGI

AGI

 

Civil Air Regulations

 

X

X

X

 

Navigation

 

X

X

X

 

Meteorology

 

X

X

X

 

Aircraft

 

X

 

 

 

Aircraft Engines

 

X

 

X

 

Radio Navigator

 

 

X

X

 

Link Trainer Operator

 

 

X

 

 


(2)  Issue FAA Form 8060-4 with the new ratings as above.

J.  PTRS. Complete FAA Form 8000-36 in accordance with the PTRS field office manual.

7.  TASK OUTCOMES. Completion of this task results in either:

A.  Issuance of a temporary ground instructor certificate or addition of a ground instructor rating.

B.  Issuance of a notice of disapproval

9.  FUTURE ACTIVITIES.

A.  Applicant may return for an additional rating.

B.  Applicant may return for a recency of experience endorsement.

C.  Possible enforcement investigation if the applicant has misrepresented any evidence of eligibility for the Ground Instructor Certificate or has exercised privileges beyond those granted by certification.


 


FIGURE 159-1  RECENCY OF EXPERIENCE LOGBOOK ENDORSEMENT
FOR A GROUND INSTRUCTOR WHO IS ALSO A FLIGHT
INSTRUCTOR

[ADAPT FOR USE AS A LETTER IF DESIRED]

 

I have reviewed the flight instruction records of [name of ground instructor and ground instructor certificate number] and certify that he/she meets the recent experience requirements of FAR § 143.19.

 

Inspector's signature and date


FIGURE 159-2  RECENCY OF EXPERIENCE LETTER FOR A GROUND
                        INSTRUCTOR WHO IS NOT A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR

FAA Letterhead

date

Dear ____:

I have reviewed the ground instruction records of [name of ground instructor and ground instructor certificate number] and certify that he/she meets the recent experience requirements of FAR § 143.19.

[signed by inspector]


FIGURE 159-3  FAA FORM 8710-1, AIRMAN CERTIFIACTE AND/OR RATING APPLICATION


FIGURE 159-4  FAA FORM 8060-5, NOTICE OF DISAPPROVAL


FIGURE 159-5  FAA FORM 8060-4, TEMPORARY AIRMAN CERTIFICATE