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AOPA Foundations Air Safety Institute Offers New Online Flight Instructor Refresher CourseAOPA Foundations Air Safety Institute Offers New Online Flight Instructor Refresher Course

Frederick, MD – The Air Safety Institute (ASI), a division of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation, announced today that it has launched a new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC), making it easier and more convenient for instructors to renew their certificates.

Unique to ASI’s course, a certificated flight instructor (CFI) can enroll and work towards 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. 

All CFIs – not just AOPA members -- can learn more and enroll in the course at

“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.

ASI’s eFIRC also meets the Transportation Security Administration’s training requirement for security awareness training for CFIs.

Apart from those features, ASI’s eFIRC also offers:

  • A tablet-friendly format;
  • Credit for a selection of completed ASI online courses;
  • A temporary certificate and all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) paperwork;
  • 24/7 technical support;
  • A free, 6-month FlyQ EFB subscription.

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, ASI Joseph T. Nall Report, AOPA Flight Training Field Guides, airspace flash cards, ASI safety reports and much more.

About ASI
The Air Safety Institute is a division of the AOPA Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable, educational, and scientific organization that educates the public on the value of general aviation. The AOPA Foundation works to improve aviation safety through the Air Safety Institute, preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit -- all in the interest of ensuring the future of general aviation in America.

About AOPA
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. With a membership base of nearly 400,000, AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world. With representatives based in Frederick, M.D., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products. To learn more, visit  

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Topics: AOPA, AOPA Foundation, Air Safety Institute

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