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Helo Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)—Online

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Choose your Helicopter FIRC option:


More Relevant and Interesting Learning

  • Finally, a FIRC specifically for Helicopter CFIs. Forget having to study irrelevant airplane topics
  • This FIRC moves away from reviewing the same topics that flight instructors learned as Private Pilots
  • This FIRC gives you tools to help pilots to be more ready to be Pilot-In-Command
  • You'll gain more insight from thought provoking topics
  • We think you'll find this FIRC to be a breath of fresh air

Renew Completely Online Without Leaving Home

 As a King Schools FIRC customer, you have an easy, convenient way to renew your CFI certificate using our online  renewal service.

  • Everything can be completed online
  • NO trips to the FSDO
  • NO documents notarized
  • NO sending in your old CFI certificate, or any other documents


Access Your Course From Anywhere

From your computer, iPad, or other mobile device, all you need to complete your FIRC is an Internet connection and a web browser.

The Helicopter FIRC Covers...

  • Identifying and Changing At-Risk Behaviors
  • Scenario-Based Training
  • Coaching Pilots to Avoid Deviations
  • Simplifying Airspace
  • Making Airworthiness Easy to Understand
  • Teaching Risk Management for Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • Conducting a Meaningful Flight Review
  • The Benefits of IACRA and the FAAST Program
  • Things You Need to Know About TSA

    —And You Get to Select 2 Electives From These Subjects

  • Helping Pilots Understand the Practical Test Standards
  • Preparing Your Applicant for the Practical Test
  • How the ACS Will Improve Flight Instruction
  • Teaching Smart Tablet Use in the Cockpit
  • Using Flight Simulation to Help Pilots Learn

"I have been taking weekend and online FIRCs for many years and this is by far the BEST renewal course I have ever taken and I look forward to using again in two years."
~James Potter • Afton, VA
"Excellent course. I actually enjoyed it. I learned some new things and all from my iPad in various parts of the world. Thanks for making it so easy and convenient."
~Andrew J. Zuranski • Lake Ariel, PA

To successfully complete this course, you must, for every lesson in the course...

  1. Complete the pre-lesson assessment quiz
  2. Study all the lesson content, and
  3. Pass the end-of-lesson test


When You Complete Your Course...
...you can instantly print out your...

  • TSA Training Certificate
  • Completion Certificate
  • Graduation Certificate
  • Temporary CFI Certificate—emailed to you when your renewal processing is complete


If you purchase your FIRC with the Certificate Renewal Service, you will be able to...

  • Fill out an online 8710 form using the FAA's IACRA online program
  • Supply us with your FAA Tracking Number (FTN) assigned by IACRA
  • After we process your application, we will issue you a downloadable and printable temporary certificate

Save Time and Money on Your Renewal
Other courses require you to notarize documents and to send in information using certified mail. This can add significantly to the overall cost of your FIRC course. Since the KING FIRC uses the FAA's online IACRA system to process your certificate, all this is avoided. There is nothing to send in, allowing for a quick, easy, and inexpensive renewal process.

Why Not Try Something New—and more significant
You may have noticed that the FIRC options for flight instructors have not changed much in recent years. Well, you now have the opportunity to try something new. You´ll meet your certificate renewal requirements just like with any other FIRC, but the KING course will make you thoughtful about what you can do as a flight instructor to make general aviation pilots safer.

You will delve into areas that will be interesting, relevant, and sometimes provocative. You will find this new approach truly refreshing, and we are certain you will find our alternative to be engaging, educational and fun.

You're in Control
You may take the lessons in any order you choose. Once you comprehend all the material in a lesson, you will be ready to take the lesson test and confirm your learning. Once you pass, start studying the next lesson of your choice immediately.

Renew Online Without Leaving Home
This FIRC is the first to incorporate a paperwork-free, completely online, renewal process. You will be able to complete the renewal requirements at your computer and you will receive your temporary certificate by email.


A personal note to Flight Instructors from John and Martha

"Flying self-selects fabulous people. It is easy to become fond of them. They are competent, committed and persistent. They are also vulnerable to the risks associated with flying. These are not foolhardy people. They often just don´t understand the risks they are taking. There is a very strong need to help pilots gain insights that will save their lives.

We decided our FIRC should cover things like "Identifying and Changing At-Risk Behaviors." If you are like us, you often see scary behavior in your own customers. We hope to give you specific tools to help your customers gain the insight they need. At a minimum taking this FIRC will make you thoughtful about these topics. The best case is that if you are not already, you will become a strong advocate of risk management to everyone in aviation."

John and Martha
  1. Do I need to make any trips to the FSDO or get my documentation notarized?

    No, when you choose to let us do the renewal processing for you. By selecting the KING FIRC with Online Certificate Renewal Service, you will take advantage of our completely paperless, online renewal process.

  2. What devices will the course work on?

    Access your course from any device...all you need is an Internet connection and a web browser

    • Tablets
    • Computers
    • Mobile Devices
      • Please note the IACRA application on iacra.faa.gov can only be signed using the Internet Explorer web browser.

  3. How long is this course?

    All online FIRCs must meet the FAA 12-hour total lesson time requirement. This is equivalent to a 16-hour in-person FIRC since in-person FIRCs include break times and final exam time.

  4. How soon will my renewal application be processed?

    Upon successful completion of the course and submission of your electronic 8710 application on IACRA's website, you should allow for at least 5 business days for King Schools to process your application.

  5. How soon before my CFI certificate expires can I take your FIRC and maintain my same month of expiration?
    • To retain your same expiration month, submit your application for renewal anytime within the 3 months prior to your current expiration month.
    • Your course graduation certificate is good for 3 calendar months from the month of issuance and must be valid at the time you submit your application for renewal.

  6. My CFI certificate has already expired. Can I still renew my certificate using your course?

    No, you need to contact your local FSDO office and inform them of your situation. They will let you know what you need to do to renew your certificate.

  7. How do I get my WINGS credit for taking the course?

    For more information on receiving WINGS credit click here.

  8. Do I have to fill out all the information on the IACRA form?

    No, you do not need to fill in the number of flight hours. When you click on Submit, IACRA will prompt you to fill in any missing information that they require.

  9. How do I provide an electronic signature?

    Just select Sign Application, then click on the hyperlink Click to Sign.

  10. I received my temporary certificate but I still have not received my permanent certificate and it has been a while.

    You can check the status of your application by calling the FAA Airman Certification Branch at 866-878-2498, Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

  11. Who do I call if I have questions?

    You can speak to one of our Pilot Advisors during our normal business hours at 800-854-1001 or +1 858-541-2200. You can also email us at custserv@kingschools.com.

Very satisfied!
As a long term King School participant and customer, I've always been more than satisfied with the King courses I've taken over the years. In my experience, King Schools offers training that not only meets regulatory requirements, but is up to date and pertinent. Each time I take a King course, I learn from it, retain it, and use the information in my day to day activities as a 10,500 hour Commercial Helicopter pilot and CFI. Kudos to the King School training staff for allowing me to stay current and fresh.

     
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Better each time
This is my third CFI Renewal. I have taken the online refresher course each time and have noticed good improvements each time. The material provided is pertinent to the learning objective and provided me with information of the areas I need to work on to improve my instruction.

     
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Great course but a bit long
I like this course and always come away with new information and ideas but the downside of each lesson is you have to wait for the timer to run down to zero before it allows you to take the "end of lesson" test. I often found myself finishing the lesson but having to wait for the timer to expire before being allowed to take the test. Seems like a waste of time between finishing the lesson material and taking the test. I would often go do something else and come back to the computer later after the time ran out.

     
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Overall summary
Course classes were great.I liked having choice options for two of the courses and being able to pick the class that I felt I would benefit most from. The only other thing I wish there was access to was the full endorsements for the private and commercial helicopter ratings. The SFAR endorsements were very valuable. There was also other great resources to go get information for the flight instructor as well. Thanks you King school again! God bless.

     
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The ONLY online helo-FIRC!
I have attended in person FIRC's, and tried several online FIRC's over the years. King Schools is the only place that offers an online FIRC tailored to helicopter-CFI's. If you are dual rated, sure, you have other options. There are even some that will let you pay once and renew for life. But after taking the King Helicopter-FIRC for the second time, I can tell you it worth every dime! The quality of material, presentation, and ease of use make this one of the best FIRC's for any category of CFI. It's so easy, you can do the whole thing on your iPad! If you're a helicopter-only CFI, and you're looking for an easy to use online FIRC that actually presents material relevant to what you fly and teach in, without burying you in fixed-wing material you can't use, look no further.

     
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Comprehensive, effective, fast approval.
Comprehensive, effective, fast approval.

     
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Better than HAI's FIRC by far!
Over the past 20 some odd years, I have been attending the FIRC hosted by the HAI at their annual convention and I must say, I got more out of this course than I ever did at the HAI's course. Maybe it is because of all the distractions inherent with a large group of folks packed into a room. Regardless of the reason, I would highly recommend this King FIRC to anyone who actually expects to learn something, rather than just punching a ticket every two years. I will definitely be back here next time! Thank you for such a professional presentation.

     
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Finally a FIRC for Helicopters
I cannot say how excited I was to find out that someone FINALLY created an FIRC course targeted towards helicopter pilots. not only that, but King schools did a great job with the course material. I actually learned new information and feel that it is something I can put into practice as I teach. I would highly recommend this course over every other one out there.

     
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AAA
Excellent delivery easily understanable

     
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Great Job!

     
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