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Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)—Online

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More Relevant and Interesting Learning

  • This FIRC moves away from reviewing the same topics that flight instructors learned as Private Pilots, and instead focuses on giving you tools to help pilots to be more ready to be Pilot-In-Command.
  • You'll gain more insight on subjects such as identifying at-risk behaviors (and what you should do about them), coaching pilots to avoid deviations, and conducting a meaningful flight review—things that will make you reflect on your role as a flight instructor.
  • We think you'll find this FIRC to be a breath of fresh air.

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 Airplane FIRC Covers...

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


"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

  3. How soon will my renewal application be processed?

    Upon successful completion of the course, you should allow for at least 2 business days for King Schools to process your application with IACRA.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    For more information on receiving WINGS credit click here.

  7. 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.

  8. How do I provide an electronic signature?

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

I like this course!
The CFI renewal is always a PITB ao I was pleasantly surprised 2 years ago when I first used this renewal program and have just completed it again this year. Instead of slogging throught the same old FOI etc, this course adresses more real world issues facing CFI's and how they can better prepare students for the real world of flying. For instance, I have been flying a PC12 for the last nine years single pilot in EMS and when I first took this course two years it opened my eyes to risk management. RM has been given lip service and we have forms to consult etc but I agree with the statements in the program that our primary job as piliots is Risk Management and when that breaks down, it opens the door for bad things to happen. Thanks for an instructional and relatively painless way to renew the CFI.

Jackson P.     10/17/2014
Flight Instructor Refresher Online Course - Online

 

Everything I expected!
King is the only school I will ever use. When I discovered that King is now doing a FIRC it was a no-brainer. As I expected...they did it again! Thank you for a quality product and excellent experience.

Willliam C.     9/25/2014
Flight Instructor Refresher Online Course - Online

 

Very Quick Response from Help.
I was getting real close to expiring, and your staff was tremendously quick in responding and forwarding the application! Very Well Done!

James N.     9/25/2014
Flight Instructor Refresher Online Course - Online

 

Best FIRC Ever!
I've tried them all, in person and online. King online FIRC is the Gold Standard. Nothing else is even close. Thanks, Capt. Roy M. ATP/CFII/AIGI A320 United Airlines

Roy M.     9/17/2014
Flight Instructor Refresher Online Course - Online

 

Best FIRC
I've done different online courses and the King FIRC is the best by far yet. Easy to navigate and understand. No more having to get paperwork notirized and sending it. Best for the money at your own pace.

Jason C.     9/11/2014
Flight Instructor Refresher Online Course - Online

 

 

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