If your flight instructor certificate is expiring soon, don’t procrastinate. Otherwise, you could create some extra paperwork for yourself.
The recent special federal aviation regulation (SFAR) allows for those with CFI certificates expiring March 31 to May 31, until June 30 to provide evidence of an approved method of renewal.
“Now it really is paperwork instead of an electronic application,” said John Collins, AOPA Air Safety Institute chief flight instructor. “It’s a little bit slower, but CFIs will need to mail their Form 8710 to the Air Safety Institute.”
“We will process that paper application for you at no extra charge and provide you with your graduation certificate and temporary certificate just as if you’d completed the eFIRC prior to your expiration date,” Collins said.
A fillable PDF of the 8710-1 and 8710-11 (Sport CFI) forms are available on the FAA website. CFIs will also need to submit a copy of the front and back of their CFI card and their government-issued photo ID as part of the renewal process.
CFIs who weren’t able to complete a FIRC in March or April can take advantage of the SFAR provision to complete a FIRC before June 30 and renew with their original expiration month. AOPA suggests using the Air Safety Institute eFIRC. A paper 8710 will be required.