Ground Flight Instructor

Posted on January 28th, 2019 by Travis Dix


Averett University, founded in 1859, operates an FAA-Certified Part 141 Flight School first opened in 1981.

As the University expands the flight operations program at the Danville Regional Airport, under the supervision of Chief Instructor, it is seeking additional full-time training staff to support flight operations as well as play a significant role in expanding the training department.

This new position will support the existing staff developing the expansion process. When not engaged with ground/simulator instruction, duties will include content creation, process improvement, and curriculum development. This is a non-flying position, but if qualified could do flight checks.

Position is consistent with the University calendar, when not teaching ground or flight courses; however, due to scheduling of training courses, position may be required to work outside normal schedule including weekends and holidays.



  • Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate
  • Comfortable with public speaking, presenting and addressing large groups of people
  • Comfortable leading and instructing employees, industry professionals and regulatory/government agencies
  • Must have strong computer skills inMicrosoftPowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Must be a self-starter with strong organizational & communication skills


  • Bachelor’s degree from 4-year accredited university in an Aviation field strongly preferred
  • ATP Certificate
  • Experience with an LMS
  • Experience in training development and conducting of training
  • Flight Instructor Certificate (CFI, CFII, and/or MEI)
  • 1-3 years of experience in a Part 121 or 135 Environment
  • 3-5 years’ experience in the Aviation Industry, three of which as a required flight crewmember

Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching ground/flight courses in conjunction with Averett University Training Program.
  • Conducting simulator training, maintenance of all training documentation, and paperwork in accordance with FAA requirements.
  • Help in creating content for ground training and future online training.
  • Being knowledgeable of applicable part 61, 91, 141 regulations, company operation manuals, training manuals and aircraft operating manuals.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned by the Flight Instructor

The job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

ADA & Travel Disclosure

Physical & Mental Demands/Work Environment

The duties of this position require performance of the following activities and work in the described environment, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Almost constant interaction with others requiring communication (speaking and listening), both in-person and by headset
  • Frequent standing, sitting (flying), and walking around airport, hangars, and classrooms
  • Must have fine manual dexterity to use equipment involving levers, buttons, keyboards, and switches as well as ability to operate foot controls
  • Ability to operate equipment and software related to flying, such as simulator software, and Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to change tasks frequently, work an irregular work schedule, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, operate accurately and reliably under time pressure, perform tedious and exacting tasks, function well in a noisy and distracting environment, and work closely with others as part of a team
  • Occasionally may need to use tow-bar to push/pull planes in/out of hangars
  • Occasionally may need to conduct equipment inspections which involves climbing, kneeling, crawling, bending, and balancing
  • Occasional work requiring reaching and handling of supplies/files/paperwork
  • At times may need to use office equipment such as printer, copier, fax, scanner, cameras, scissors, hole, punch, paper cutter, stapler, etc.
  • On rare occasions, will need to lift, carry or move items up to 10 pounds, reach or twist to retrieve items
  • If expected to assume responsibility for some in-flight instruction or flight testing:
    • Visual and hearing acuity required to obtain and maintain flight status under FAA mandated physical requirements if expected to assume responsibility for in-flight instruction or testing
    • Ability to operate a plane and a valid flight pilot instructor license required if expected to assume responsibility for in-flight instruction or testing
  • Primary work location is a classroom or learning environment

Position will remain open until filled.

Averett offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Submit Letter of Interest, Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), and 3 Professional References to:

Selection Committee, Aviation Department
Averett University
420 West Main St.,
Danville, Virginia 24541

Email address:

Please note:

  • Background checks are required for all positions.
  • An applicant must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
  • Averett University’s policies, programs and activities, including hiring practices, comply with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression and veteran status.

Averett University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.