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Flight Instructor Refresher Courses (FIRC)

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Online Courses (36)

Weather Wise: VFR into IMC (iPad Compatible)
Approx. 30 minutes
Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion
Approx. 30 min
ADS-B for General Aviation: The Basics
Approx. 30 min
Unmanned Aircraft and the National Airspace System
Approx. 30 min
IFR Chart Challenge: ILS Approach
Approx. 30 minutes
IFR Chart Challenge: RNAV Approach
Approx. 30 minutes
IFR Chart Challenge: VOR Approach
Approx. 30 minutes
GPS for IFR Operations
Approx. 30 minutes
GPS for VFR Operations
Approx. 30 minutes
IFR Insights: Charts
Approx. 30 minutes
IFR Insights: Regulations
Approx. 30 minutes
Single-Pilot IFR
Approx. 30 minutes
IFR Insights: Cockpit Weather
Approx. 30 minutes
Weather Wise: Air Masses and Fronts
Approx. 30 minutes
Weather Wise: Ceiling and Visibility
Approx. 30 minutes
Weather Wise: Precipitation and Icing
Approx. 30 minutes
SkySpotter: Pireps Made Easy
Approx. 30 minutes
Aging Gracefully, Flying Safely
Approx. 30 min
Airport Watch General Aviation Security
Approx. 30 min.
VFR GPS Guide: Garmin 430/530
Approx. 1 hour
60 Minutes to Preserve Your Airport
Approx. 30 minutes
Aging Aircraft
Approx. 30 minutes
ASI Flight Risk Evaluator
Approx. 30 minutes
Do The Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots
Approx. 30 minutes
eAPIS Customs Training
Approx. 30 minutes
Engine and Propeller
Approx. 30 minutes
Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins, and Safety
Approx. 30 minutes
A Pilot's Guide to Flight Service
Approx. 30 minutes
Know Before You Go: Navigating Today’s Airspace
Approx. 30 minutes
Mountain Flying
Approx. 30 minutes
Mission: Possible—Navigating Today's Special-Use Airspace
Approx. 30 minutes
Pinch-Hitter
Approx. 30 minutes
Pneumatic Systems
Approx. 30 minutes
Runway Safety
Approx. 30 minutes
Say It Right: Mastering Radio Communication
Approx. 30 minutes
Weather Wise: Thunderstorms and ATC
Approx. 30 minutes

Safety Quizzes (70)

IFR Quiz: A Tale of Two ILSs
10 min.
IFR Quiz: GPS Approaches (iPad Compatible)
Thunderstorm Hazards
IFR Quiz: Crescent City Non-Precision Approach (iPad Compatible)
IFR Quiz: Obstacle Departure Procedures (iPad Compatible)
The Magic City of the Plains (iPad Compatible)
IFR Quiz: LDA into Hartford (iPad Compatible)
Approx. 10 mins
Ice Flight (iPad Compatible)
Flight Review (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
IFR Quiz: A Visit to the Grey Lady (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
Density Altitude (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
IFR Quiz: A Day in the SUN (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
Thunderstorm Avoidance (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
IFR Quiz: North Myrtle Beach (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
IFR Quiz: Cross Country to Crescent City (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
IFR Quiz: Flying Rogue (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
IFR Quiz: The Hokie Approach (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
Instrument Approach: College Station
10 min.
Aerodynamics
10 min.
Aeromedical Matters
10 min.
Aircraft Performance
10 min.
Aircraft Preflight
10 min.
Airport Lighting:IFR
10 min.
Airport Lighting:VFR
10 min.
Airport Signs and Markings
10 min.
Airspace Review
10min.
ATC Procedures
10 min.
ATC Terminology
10 min.
Cold Weather Ops
10 min.
Collision Avoidance
10 min.
Datalink Weather Radar
10 min.
Decoding the Weather
10 min.
Electrical Fires
10 min.
Emergency Procedures
10 min.
FAR Part 91
10 min.
Flight Service
10 min.
Fuel Awareness
10 min.
General Aviation Security
10 min.
Hamburger Hop at Night
10 min.
IFR Flight: Lunken to Logan
10 min.
In-flight Icing
10 min.
Instrument Approach: Reno
10 min.
Maneuvering Flight
10 min.
Mountain Flying
10 min.
Night Operations
10 min.
Nontowered Airport Ops
10 min.
Obstacle Departure Procedures
10 min.
PIREPs
10 min.
Practical Weather
10 min.
Preventive Maintenance
10 min.
Private Pilot Checkride
10 min.
Radio Communication
10 min.
Runway Safety
10 min.
Spatial Disorientation
10 min.
Special Use Airspace
10 min.
Spring Weather
10 min.
Stalls and Spins
10 min.
Takeoffs, Landings, and Wake Turbulence
10 min.
Towered Airport Operations
10 min.
VFR Flight: Fond du Lac to Festus
10 min.
VFR Sectional
10 min.
Wake Turbulence
10 min.
Wing Contamination
10 min.
IFR Quiz: The Magenta Approach into AOPA (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
IFR Quiz: Teterboro (iPad Compatible)
10 min.
Thunderstorms
10 min.
Taming a Twin
10 min.
IFR En Route Charts
10 min.
Transitioning to Complex Aircraft
10 min.
Engine Operation
10 min.

Safety Videos (20)

Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn
Approx. 5 min
Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches
Aprox. 5 min
Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings
Aprox 10 mins.
Takeoffs and Landings: Determining an Abort Point
Approx. 3 minutes
Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs
Approx. 5 min.
Takeoffs and Landings: Short Field Landings
Approx. 3 minutes
Runway Safety: Allentown, PA
Runway Safety: Bluegrass, KY
Runway Safety: Providence, RI
Runway Safety: Quincy, IL
Flying the Weather: Tstorm Toolbox
Approx. 5 min
Flying the Weather: Picking Up Ice
Aprox. 5 minutes
Flying the Weather: Airframe Icing
Approx. 4 min
No Greater Burden: Surviving an Aircraft Accident
Approx. 30 min
Space Weather and GA
Approx. 9 min
FDK Airspace and Tower: A New Class of Operations
Approx. 50 min
Critical Information: The Passenger Safety Briefing
Approx. 10 min
How to Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants and Animals by Seaplane
Approx. 20 minutes
Midair Collisions
Approx. 8 min
Surviving the Wires Environment
Approx. 30 minutes

Webinars (26)

Datalink Cockpit Weather Dos and Donts
Airframe Ice: Avoidance and Escape
Approx. 90 minutes
Thunderstorm Avoidance
Approx. 1 hour
Cold Weather Ops
Approx. 1 hr, 10 min
Flying Safely with Cockpit Weather
Approx. 1 hr, 10 min
Conflict at the Crossroads
Approx. 12 minutes
Aerodynamics: The Alpha Factor
Approx. 24 min
Thunderstorms and ATC: What You Need to Know
5-10 min
Preempting a Thunderstorm's Fury: Cockpit Weather, ATC and You
Approx. 54 min
10 Top Tips to Improve Your Flying Club
Aircraft Ownership
Aircraft Purchasing
Aviation Enterprises: Turn Your Love of Flying into a Profitable Business
Buying an Aircraft
Approx. 1 hour, 10 min.
Charitable Flying
FAA Enforcement
Flying to Mexico
From Surviving to Thriving: Effective Club Leadership
Operations at Nontowered Airports
Approx. 1 hour, 15 min.
Purchasing an Aircraft
Reducing the Cost of Flying
Selecting the Right Flying Club Aircraft
Special Issuance Medical Certificates
Special Issuance Medical Certification
Starting a Flying Club
Aging Pilots: Tips for Keeping Your Medical Certification

Accident Case Studies (9)

Accident Case Study - Communication Breakdown
Approx. 13 minutes
Accident Case Study - Delayed Reaction
Approx. 15 minutes
Accident Case Study - Everyone's Problem
Approx. 4 minutes
Accident Case Study - Time Lapse
Approx. 12 minutes
Accident Case Study - In Too Deep
Approx. 15 minutes
Accident Case Study - Rescue Gone Wrong
Approx. 11 minutes
Accident Case Study - Cross-Country Crisis
Approx. 14 minutes
Accident Case Study - Airframe Icing
Approx. 30 minutes
Accident Case Study - VFR Into IMC
Approx. 30 minutes

Real Pilot Stories (21)

Underwater Escape
Approx. 14 minutes
Ditching in the Dark
Approx. 7 minutes
Engine Failure in IMC
Approx. 9 minutes
Trapped on Top
Approx. 15 minutes
Fire in the Cockpit
Approx. 7 minutes
Ambushed By Ice
Approx. 10 minutes
Bird Strike
Approx. 30 minutes
Cemetary Crash
Approx. 3 minutes
Engine Failure at Night
Approx. 10 minutes
Icing Encounter
Approx. 14 minutes
Mayday at Mount McKinley
Approx. 9 minutes
Mountain Crash
Approx. 3 minutes
Pinch Hitting a King Air
Approx. 30 minutes
Power Loss on Takeoff
Approx. 5 minutes
Prop Attack!
Approx. 3 minutes
Snake on a Plane
Approx. 3 minutes
The Impossible Turn
Approx. 9 minutes
Three Seconds, Three Choices
Approx. 6 minutes
Toddler Overboard!
Approx. 4 minutes
Vacuum Failure in IMC
Approx. 12 minutes
VFR in a Snowstorm
Approx. 3 minutes

Ask ATC (15)

Ask ATC - Minimum Fuel vs. Fuel Emergency
Approx. 1 min
Ask ATC - When to Ask for Flight Following
Approx. 1 min
Ask ATC - Storm Week
Approx. 4 min
Ask ATC - Assigned Runway
Approx. 1 min
Ask ATC - Flight Following and Airspace
5-10 min
Ask ATC - IFR Practice Approaches
Approx. 1 min
Ask ATC - Percipitation Intensity
Approx. 2 minutes
Ask ATC - Progressive Taxi
Approx. 2 min
Ask ATC - Student Pilots
5-10 min
Ask ATC - Transponder Operations
Approx. 1 min
Ask ATC - VFR Flight Plans
Approx. 1 min
Ask ATC - VFR on Top
Approx. 1 min
Ask ATC - Weather Deviating
Approx. 2 min
Ask ATC - Flight Following
Approx. 1 minute
Ask ATC - IFR Routes
Approx. 1 minute

In Person Safety Seminars

real world weatherReal World Weather

Weather is the single biggest variable in flying. It can turn a long-awaited vacation into a long wait at the FBO, a quick two-hour flight into a tedious four-hour slog, or a stress-free jaunt into a skill-testing ordeal. The variations are infinite, but for pilots it all boils down to two questions:

What’s really going on out there, and what does it mean for me?

The day-to-day challenge of answering those questions is the focus of our new seminar. We’ll take a no-nonsense look at how you can get better, more complete weather information—and make better, more informed decisions as a result. We’ll talk about:

  • The best weather resources, and when to use them
  • Situations that tempt smart pilots to make dumb choices
  • Weather-related accidents and the factors that led to them
  • Knowing what’s safe and what isn’t when things get “complicated” 

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