In the Lessons view, the instructor user has complete control and flexibility in creating a lesson for the student. FTT’s flight training program for private pilot airplane single-engine land (ASEL) is based on the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and the Airmen Certification Standards (ACS). The tasks or maneuvers/procedures from the FARs and ACS have been categorized into a three stage flight training program along with ground school curriculum for the FAA knowledge test. The instructor has the flexibility to choose tasks from any of the three stages to create a lesson. The instructor can also add resources for the student to view prior to the lesson. The student can view the lesson at any time and review what’s required before the lesson. At the end of the lesson, the instructor enters the flight and ground time along with grading and lesson notes. This lesson is then complete and can be viewed at any time by the student.
A useful tool within the Lessons view is a logbook feature. The student logbook feature gives the user another view of lessons that are requested, scheduled and completed as well as recording all information required to be logged for completion of the training program. In addition, the logbook tracks those flight and ground hours necessary for the FAA airmen certification and rating application (IACRA).
Another feature within the lesson is the calendar/scheduler. The user can view all lessons or can filter lessons that are requested, scheduled and completed. Instructors have the option to filter by student and grade or edit the lesson. The option to schedule a lesson is always available to the user. The student can request a lesson to be scheduled which is sent to the instructor for approval. Also, the instructor can schedule a lesson at any time for the student. The student and instructor can view the list of requested and scheduled lessons as well as completed lesson.
The Tasks feature displays informative views into students’ progress in their flight training program. Tasks represent the maneuvers and procedures of a flight training program. Users can view reports for task completion, stage completion, tasks that are satisfactory, unsatisfactory and incomplete. This gives the student and instructor a quick statistical overview of their progress. This tool is incredibly helpful when a student transitions to another instructor. The new instructor can view the student’s tasks and whether they were satisfactory, unsatisfactory or incomplete. This gives the instructor an overall view of the student’s training program and where to begin with the student.
In order to apply for a pilot certificate and/or rating there are requirements that must be met according to FAR Part 61. Currently, FTT is focusing on private pilot certification for ASEL with requirements categorized as student and private. Users can view all requirements for their training program according to FAR Part 61 and track the completion of those requirements. Student stay informed regarding what’s required as well as track the completed requirements. Instructors can select a student and view the completed requirements and update as the student progresses in their program. This tool is incredibly helpful when a student transitions to another instructor. The new instructor can view the student’s requirements to gain a better understanding of what that student has completed or has yet to complete.
Endorsements are an important part of a student’s flight training program. The endorsements view includes all endorsements that are necessary for student and private pilots. Instructors are responsible for giving and managing their students’ endorsements by simply choosing a student and type of endorsement and then entering the information requested. Students and instructors will be given alerts as to recurring endorsements or those that will expire or need to be updated.
According to FAR 61.189, a flight instructor must maintain a record in a logbook or a separate document that contains the name of each person whose logbook that instructor has endorsed for solo flight privileges, and the date of the endorsement and the name of each person that instructor has endorsed for a knowledge test or practical test, and the record shall also indicate the kind of test, the date, and the results. Further, each flight instructor must retain the records required by this section for at least 3 years. CFIs who use this product will greatly benefit from the CFI records feature which records and manages these requirements as required by the FAA.