eFIRC FAQs

Technical Questions

General

I’m unable to log into the eFIRC.
I’m unable to access the first chapter of the three elective courses available within the eFIRC.
I'm receiving an error message "Too Many Redirects"
The quiz seems to appear unformatted.
I’m seeing blank white screens when navigating through the course.

iPad

Chapters are not completing on my iPad.

PC

Chapters are not completing in my browser.
Videos are not playing in my browser.
Lessons aren't opening in my browser.

Renewal Questions

I need to renew my flight instructor certificate within the next few months. What are my options?
FAR 61.197 allows you to submit an application for renewal within four-months of your certificate's expiration date and still retain your original expiration month. How do you determine that renewal window? Does the 4 month period start the day of your FIRC graduation?
What happens if I take a FIRC program more than four months in advance of my expiration date?
What advantage is it to allow ASI to handle the paperwork to revalidate my CFI? Can't I just drop in at the local FSDO, show them my ASI FIRC graduation certificate, and let them take care of it?
What if my flight instructor certificate has expired? Can I still renew on the basis of graduating from a FIRC?
What are my options for renewal if my instructor certificate has expired?
I hold a flight instructor certificate with airplane and helicopter ratings. Will taking a FIRC renew both ratings, or must I attend one program for my airplane rating and another for my helicopter rating?
I was able to renew my certificate two years ago by taking it to the local FSDO and having it reissued based on the inspector's personal knowledge of me. I don't see that option listed under FAR 61.197. What happened?
I recently added an instrument rating to my flight instructor certificate. I received my original certificate 12 months ago. Do I need to renew my original flight instructor certificate in another 12 months (24 months from the original issuance), or does the rating I just added to my instructor rating extend the renewal period?
My medical certificate expired last month, and I have not had time to get a new one. Do I need a current medical certificate to renew my flight instructor certificate at your program?
I just discovered that my flight instructor certificate is missing. Will this prevent me from renewing, or can I renew without my instructor certificate?
Which renewal method should I choose?
What is ASI's four month guarantee?

Paperwork Processing Questions

How long will processing my application take?
It’s been a several days since I submitted my information and I haven’t received an email to submit my digital signature to the FAA. Why not?
How long will it take for the FAA to process my application?
How do I check on the status of my application with the FAA after it’s been submitted?
What do I do if I’m having problems with IACRA?
Can I submit a paper 8710 if I don’t want to complete the online processing?
What if it’s getting close to my temporary certificate expiration date and I still haven’t received my certificate from the FAA?
Do I need to turn in my instructor certificate? 
When filling out the 8710 or IACRA application form for my renewal, do I need to complete section III, Record of Pilot Time, when submitting an application for renewal?
I just discovered that my flight instructor certificate is missing. Will this prevent me from renewing, or can I renew without my instructor certificate?

Latest Blog Posts

Mountains 1—Aircraft 0 (Again)

Despite the flippant headline, there is always tragedy with controlled flight into terrain or CFIT accidents. It remains a steady fatality producer with highly lethal results. The accident in question occurred last week in southwestern Virginia and is in the preliminary stage of investigation. My usual caveats and disclaimers apply concerning conclusions. The night VFR training […] Read More

November 20, 2014

Push happens!

In this day of “direct everything” navigation sometimes a more deviant path is better. As Yogi Berra put it so well, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” On two recent trips up from the south there were some ripping good Northwest winds bellowing across the ridges near the home airport. […] Read More

November 12, 2014

Success Expectation

We’ve had this conversation before so the blog will be mercifully short this week. Within the space of just a few days three accidents hit the national consciousness, if there is such a thing. First was the midair collision right here in Frederick, Maryland, followed by a Beechcraft King Air managing to find its way […] Read More

November 5, 2014

Ice Week

Only 365 more shopping days til Christmas in 2015 (NOT counting those left for 2014), so here’s your annual reminder that icing season is upon us. It’s not a big accident producer—on average about one per month during the icing season—but I prefer not to participate and suspect you agree. With an aircraft equipped for FIKI (flight into known […] Read More

October 27, 2014

Automation and Potties

This was NBAA week in Orlando where some of the most exotic aircraft on the planet are displayed along with all of the hardware and software that make them nearly goof proof. Nearly. Chris Hart, acting NTSB Board Chair, noted at the opening session his concern about some air carrier accidents that we’ve all read […] Read More

October 22, 2014