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Helo Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)—Online

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Does your Instructor Certificate expire this month?

The FAA considers the FIRC lesson content critically important and wants to ensure that you do not rush through it or skip any of it. Therefore, they have mandated that we require a minimum amount of time be spent studying each lesson. As mandated by the FAA we cannot sell the course 72 hours prior to the CFI expiration.

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All King Schools FIRCs include an Online Aviation Library — Free!

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
  • Enjoy a mobile friendly FIRC that goes anywhere you need to study

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
  • Using Scenario-Based Training
  • Coaching Pilots to Avoid Deviations
  • Teaching Airspace Effectively
  • Making Airworthiness Easy to Understand
  • Teaching Risk Management for Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • Conducting a Meaningful Flight Review and IPC
  • Teaching Loss of Control Awareness and Prevention
  • Preparing Your Applicant for the Practical Test
  • What You and Your Customers Should Know About Drone Regulations
  • How Airman Certification Standards Improve Flight Instruction
  • Understanding the Compliance Philosophy
  • Becoming Familiar with BasicMed
  • The Benefits of IACRA and the FAAST Program
  • Things You Need to Know About TSA

    —And You Get to Select 1 Elective From These Subjects

  • Teaching Smart Tablet Use in the Cockpit
  • Using Flight Simulation to Help Pilots Learn
  • Helping Pilots Understand the Practical Test Standards

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Now includes the King Schools Online Aviation Library!

The KING Online Aviation Library is the superior one-stop-shop digital resource for your aviation books, guides, and piloting reference materials. You will find all the popular FAA handbooks, KING cockpit cards, KING syllabi, important aviation websites, FAA Circulars and a whole lot more, all conveniently located in our online library.

Lifetime Access and FREE Updates

King Schools will update the books and materials in the online library whenever a new version of a book or reference material becomes available. You will no longer have to replace old materials as KING will make sure you have the most recent versions of everything in the library.

Online Access, Printer Friendly Documents

You will be able to access all the materials through any internet connected device. No more heavy books weighing you down. You will be able to download or print anything in the library.


"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

Your FIRC purchase includes 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, we do the renewal processing for you. By purchasing the KING FIRC, 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. Does the FIRC work with the King Companion App?

    The KING FIRC will not work with the King Companion App but you can easily take your FIRC on your iPad using any Internet-connected Web browser.

  4. How long is this course?

    The King Schools FIRC complies with the FAA's requirement that all online FIRCs must be the equivalent of a 16-hour in-person FIRC.

  5. 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 up to 9 days for King Schools to process your application.

  6. 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 calendar 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.

  7. 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.

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

    For more information on receiving WINGS credit click here.

  9. What are the requirements for using the IACRA website?

    A PC with broadband internet connectivity. Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. Cannot block cookies - Internet Options, Privacy tab. Java scripting must be enabled - Internet Options, Advanced tab. Popup blocker cannot be enabled.

  10. 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.

  11. How do I provide an electronic signature?

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. What does CFI mean?

    CFI is short for Certificated Flight Instructor. It is common to see or hear it as Certified Flight Instructor, but this is technically not correct. The FAA has stated that they do not 'certify' pilots, they just 'certificate' them.

Best course for helo pilots
This is my fourth time now taking my FIRC with Kingschools and I keep on being the most grateful pilot for the simple fact hat your Helicopter specific FIRC is unique and very appropriate for our times. I have used Martha's and John's video course for my initial training for my private and with the development of this helicopter specific FIRC, I am again amazed a so thankful that someone took care of us helicopter pilots after all. It was a bit dreadful having to go through the fixed wing topics, which I didn't really mind, but then again, I did a little bit. Thank you, thank you, thank you, John & Martha and the development team, you are doing a fantastic job.

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Great course as usual!!!
This course is always a wealth of great information. I recommend it for anyone wanting to stay current on their aviation knowledge.

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Very Useful Online FIRC-Helo
Simple, clear and easy understanding format to navigate. Staff are very helpful to answer questions promptly.

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Best course for helicopter CFI
My first renewal after adding my helicopter CFI had two of the six modules not applicable to helicopters. Even though that was a lifetime course, I've chosen to pay the Kings the last two times. That speaks as loudly as anything I can write.

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Outstanding FIRC
Challenging FIRC with great material, references, and stories that make it fun and interesting.

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Simple, very educational
This is my 3rd renewal with King Schools. I’ve been exceedingly happy with the streamlined process and fantastic course content. They help keep me current on topics I would miss because rarely instruct anymore yet I want to retain my CFI Certificate

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Very informative, current, and topics that are well covered with plenty of resources available through each course to research more and explore the topic. Great course, I'll definitely continue with King!

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Unbeatablely the best FIRC
I just finished my third FIRC with you and cannot be happier. You make complying with the requirements very easy and efficient, and stying fresh with vital information has never been more convenient and practical. Thank you for putting in the time and effort to create a helicopter specific FIRC for us helicopter instructors.

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Great course!
Great course! Informative and fun! sUAS section could use a little work.

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Overall great functionality and a useful tool for us working pilots to renew there privileges.
Overall great functionality and a useful tool for us working pilots to renew there privileges.

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Outstanding Course
Very well put together course. Easy to follow and relevant training.

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Well done course!
great course! up to date and very informative. good job!

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Great Course
As before I found the FIRC both informative and interesting. Thank you John and Martha.

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Simple good info and great customer service from the staff at King Schools.

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Excellent Course!!
This is a great way to keep your CFI current. Great training and always up to date each time I use it.

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A great refresher workout !
Great CFI refresher PLUS a great refresher in general for any helicopter pilot fro private to professional.

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Great Training
Absolutely outstanding... Thanks again.

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Thank you.
Have utilized King Schools for my CFI renewal three times now, and have not been disappointed in the creativity of the website, and how intuitive and easy to navigate. Being a military instructor pilot for 17 years (US Army), I respect our military, sincerely, in always trying to allow for and have soldiers with the preparedness for combat operations. In other words, as leaders we try to give them the tools to do their jobs. I feel john and Martha (and their crew) implement the same structure for success. I like the emphasis on learning the lesson before hand, instead of when (especially in aviation) it might be too late or we just wrote another emergency procedure. Thank you for the knowledge and mentorship, direct and indirect through the training.

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Rotorcraft CFII Recert
I just wanted to tell you that I truly enjoyed the renewal of my CFI this year. I chose the King Schools E-FIRC because I wanted something helicopter specific, and I did not find anyone else doing that. I found the courses relevant and informative. The only thing better would have been an in-person one on one flight with either of the Kings. In addition, the accompanying articles that chronicle the trials and tribulations of John and Martha as they built time and experience the hard way were well written, thought provoking, and really brought home the whole "risk management" issue. Skeptical of it at first, I was sold by the end of the course. I look forward to continued education under their tutelage. Lou Gregoire ATP Rotorcraft COMM ASEL

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worth the effort
Concise, understandable and logical.

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Is this for Helicopter CFIs?
1. I found that using "customer" instead of "student" was annoying, was a major distraction, can cause confusion. CFIs have students; Commercial pilots have customers. The FAA issues Student Pilot Certificates NOT Customer Pilot Certificates. 2. Some sections were nothing more that copy-and-paste montages from prior fixed wing instruction videos. I am sure that the Kings can update these videos for helicopter-only pilots. These montages cheapened the quality of instruction. 3. Too much focus on fixed wing.Helicopters are different aircraft with some different concerns. In conclusion, constant use of airplanes as examples is poor instruction. It is confusing. I strongly recommend that y'all update your course and focus strictly on rotary wing aircraft. There are many, many CFIs who are helicopter only.

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Great way to renew as a CFI
The course was great! Easy to follow, and flexible. The ability to submit a digital 8710 through the school made the entire process easy.

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Interesting but start early
Been a CFI, for 46 years as well as Check Airman, TCE and Inspector and this is my 2nd FIRC. The helicopter course was interesting and educational. I've been retired for 2 years so the updated information was helpful. DO NOT WAIT to start the course!!! Processing the application took 13 DAYS! Pat K. ATP CFI CFII Helicopter/Airplane

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Great FIRC
This is the third time I have taken the helicopter FIRC with King Schools. It has been full of great information every time. I would also like to give them credit for updating materials as regulations change!

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Very Complete Course
I believe this course is very good for CFI's of all levels of experience. I am a retired Helicopter ATP, A&P, IA, CFI-I and DPE hence my new need for a FIRC. This one exceeded all my expectations and was more helicopter appropriate that the seminars, and training courses I have experienced in the past. Congratulations of a job well done!

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Lesson on Tablet use
Nothing new

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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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Excellent delivery easily understanable

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Great Job!

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