July 1, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
The Air Safety Institute launched a new online flight instructor refresher course (eFIRC) July 1, making it easier and more convenient for instructors to renew their certificates.
Unique to the Air Safety Institute's course, certificated flight instructors (not just CFIs who are AOPA members) can enroll and work toward certificate renewal as early as two years before the expiration date of their certificate. The new eFIRC course is also available on any mobile device or personal computer.
“We know some CFIs cram to complete their FIRC in the last few days before their instructor certificate expires,” said Kristine Hartzell, chief flight instructor and director of flight training at the Air Safety Institute. “But with eFIRC, instructors can enroll two years before their CFI expiration date and spread out training to just 10 minutes a week, on average. Plus, CFIs who have recently taken ASI online courses may have already completed some of the required eFIRC modules.”
In addition, eFIRC lets instructors choose the electives they find most relevant. New courses and updated information will be continually added, ensuring that content remains relevant as regulations change and new aviation safety information is released.
The Air Safety Institute's eFIRC also meets the Transportation Security Administration’s training requirement for security awareness training for CFIs.
Apart from those features, the eFIRC also offers:
After enrolling, AOPA will send CFIs a thumb drive preloaded with the full aviation regulations, the Aeronautical Information Manual, FAA handbooks, relevant advisory circulars, practical test standards, the Air Safety Institute Joseph T. Nall Report, AOPA Flight Training Field Guides, airspace flash cards, Air Safety Institute safety reports, and much more.
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