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General Technical Questions

I'm unable to log into the eFIRC

Logout of the eFIRC course, and then clear the cache in your browser.  Depending upon the browser you’re using, this is accomplished differently.  The following will give you instructions on how to do this in your browser.

I’m unable to access the first chapter of the three elective courses available within the eFIRC.

To resolve the issue, please try to clear your browser’s cache and delete cookies.  Depending upon the browser you’re using, this is accomplished differently.  The following will give you instructions on how to do this in your browser.

For Internet Explorer: Video / Instructions
For Firefox: Video / Instructions
For Google Chrome: Video / Instructions
For Safari: Instructions

You may also view the elective courses directly at the ASI website here.

Note: You will receive credit inside the eFIRC for the completion of these courses when you log into the eFIRC.

I'm receiving an error message "Too Many Redirects"

If you are receiving this message in Google Chrome, this is a Chrome specific error message.  To resolve, please try to clear your browser's cache and delete cookies. 

For Google Chrome: Video / Instructions

The quiz seems to appear unformatted.

Browsers should have the latest version of Adobe Flash. You can download the latest version here.

I’m seeing blank white screens when navigating through the course.

Browser should have the latest version of Adobe Flash. You can download the latest version here.

If the issue you are experiencing has not been covered in the above, please submit your issue here.

iPad Technical Questions

Chapters are not completing on my iPad.

Each learner is granted an 8 hour session from when they initially login.  After 8 hours has elapsed the connection to the course is terminated and any course progress that has not yet been saved is lost.  Please plan accordingly for this session timing.  If you are still experiencing an issue with chapters not completing please continue to read on.

Ipads sometimes have a problem with completing chapters when there are too many programs running in the background and if the cookies and cache are full.  Shutting down applications running in the background is accomplished by double clicking the home button which will reveal what is running in the background.  Hold your finger down on one of the apps which will make it wiggle around and make a red circle with an “x” appear.  Click the red x close the application.  Do this for all applications running in the background. 

PC Technical Questions

Chapters are not completing in my browser.

Each learner is granted an 8 hour session from when they initially login. After 8 hours has elapsed the connection to the course is terminated and any course progress that has not yet been saved is lost. Please plan accordingly for this session timing.  If you are still experiencing an issue with chapters not completing please continue to read on.

To resolve the issue, please try to clear your browser’s cache and delete cookies.  Depending upon the browser you’re using, this is accomplished differently.  The following will give you instructions on how to do this in your browser.

For Internet Explorer: Video / Instructions
Note: If running Internet Explorer 9, please enable the ‘web page compatibility mode’ setting in Internet Options – Security – Custom Level
For Firefox: Video / Instructions
For Google Chrome: Video / Instructions
For Safari: Instructions

Videos are not playing in my browser.

To resolve the issue, please try to clear your browser’s cache and delete cookies.  Depending upon the browser you’re using, this is accomplished differently.  The following will give you instructions on how to do this in your browser.

For Internet Explorer: VideoInstructions
     Note: If running Internet Explorer 7, please download the following patch.
For Firefox: Video / Instructions
For Google Chrome: Video / Instructions
For Safari: Instructions

Lessons aren't opening in my browser.

To resolve the issue, please try to clear your browser’s cache and delete cookies.  Depending upon the browser you’re using, this is accomplished differently.  The following will give you instructions on how to do this in your browser.

For Internet Explorer: VideoInstructions
For Firefox: Video / Instructions
For Google Chrome: Video / Instructions
For Safari: Instructions

Renewal Questions

You have several options available to you, each with their own advantages. They are:

  • Take an online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC)
  • Attend an approved Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC).
  • Take a practical test with the FAA or an authorized designated examiner.
  • Present a record of training showing that during the past 24 months you have endorsed at least five students for a practical test, and at least 80 percent (four students) passed on the first attempt.
  • Present a record that shows within the past 24 months that you have served as a company check pilot, chief flight instructor, company check airman, or flight instructor in a Part 121 or Part 135 operation, or in a position involving the regular evaluation of pilots in which the FAA inspector is acquainted with the duties and responsibilities of the position, and has satisfactory knowledge of its current pilot training, certification, and standards.

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?

Answer: No. The renewal window is four calendar months prior to your expiration date. For example, if your certificate expires in July, you could complete a FIRC as early as April 1 and you would retain your original expiration date of July.

What happens if I take a FIRC program more than four months in advance of my expiration date?

Answer: If you take the FIRC more than four months prior to your expiration month, your new expiration date will be the end of the month in which you took the FIRC.

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?

Answer: Unlike other FIRC providers, ASI does not charge extra for processing your CFI revalidation, and allowing ASI to handle the revalidation will save you an immense amount of hassle. If you decide to take your renewal program paperwork to the local FSDO yourself, be aware that you can no longer just walk into the FSDO. You must make an appointment - well in advance, in most cases - and be prepared to go through identification procedures. Also, all the extra security duties that have been assigned to FAA inspectors leave them with precious little time for routine duties, such as renewing CFI certificates. There have been cases where CFIs declined ASI's offer to renew their certificates, and then were unable to get an appointment with an FAA inspector until it was too late.

What if my flight instructor certificate has expired? Can I still renew on the basis of graduating from a FIRC?

Answer: No, you must hold a valid, unexpired flight instructor certificate at the time you submit your application for renewal. Although attendance at a FIRC certainly would be beneficial from a knowledge standpoint, it could not be used as the basis for your renewal.

What are my options for renewal if my instructor certificate has expired?

Answer: You have only one option — a checkride. The FAA refers to this as a "reinstatement." In most areas, this means a ride with your local FAA inspector, but some flight standards district offices (FSDOs) have authorized designated examiners to handle reinstatements. The good news is that you don't need to take a knowledge test, and one ride will suffice to renew all the ratings listed on that expired flight instructor certificate.

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?

Answer: You may participate in any FIRC program and renew all the ratings on your flight instructor certificate.

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?

Answer: That option still exists but is not formally recognized in the regulations. An FAA inspector may renew your flight instructor certificate based on his or her personal knowledge of you as a flight instructor. You may, however, find inspectors reluctant to exercise this option.

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?

Answer: An additional flight instructor rating "resets" the renewal clock. Because you were issued a new rating on your flight instructor certificate, you should have a certificate with an expiration date 24 months from the date you obtained that rating. That new date is your expiration date.

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?

Answer: No. A current medical is not required to renew your flight instructor certificate. In fact, a current medical is not even required to instruct as long as you do not act as the pilot in command of the aircraft.

I just discovered that my flight instructor certificate is missing. Will this prevent me from renewing, or can I renew without my instructor certificate?

Answer: You must submit a copy of your flight instructor certificate with your application. If your certificate is lost, you may request a faxed confirmation notice directly from the FAA by calling 405/954-3261. This confirmation notice may be used in lieu of the actual certificate. You also can contact your local FSDO for assistance.

Which renewal method should I choose?

Answer: The one that fits your particular lifestyle and time constraints. Each renewal method has its advantages and disadvantages. The 

What is ASI's four month guarantee?

Renew your CFI through ASI, either live or online, no more than four months prior to your expiration date. When done in accordance with FAR 61.197b, and ASI handles your renewal paperwork, we guarantee you'll keep your original expiration date. For example, if your certificate expires August 31st, you may complete a FIRC anytime in May, June, July, or August and retain the August 31st expiration.

Paperwork Processing Questions

How long will processing my application take?

It generally takes us five business days after you’ve submitted your completion information to us before we can verify your ID in IACRA.

You will receive an email from us saying that your application is ready for your signature after we complete the ID verification.

Typically, it takes a week for the final ASI signature to be submitted and the application is sent to the FAA. Near the end of the month, priority is given to those renewing in that particular month.

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?

Check your email’s spam folder.  The message may be there.

If it’s not in the spam folder, you can contact us to verify receipt of your information.

How long will it take for the FAA to process my application?

The FAA is currently running about 8 – 10 weeks behind in processing applications.

How do I check on the status of my application with the FAA after it’s been submitted?

You can check the airman certification division processing status
here:  http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/   This page will let you know what application date the Airman Certification branch is currently processing.

You can also see whether the FAA has processed your personal application or not on IACRA or through an airmen certificate information search at http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/interactive_airmen_inquiry/

Can I submit a paper 8710 if I don’t want to complete the online processing?

Yes – you may fill out a paper 8710 and mail to us at:

eFIRC Processing
AOPA Air Safety Institute
421 Aviation Way
Frederick, MD 21701

When filling out the form, please use the “Guide to Submit Application for Renewal” document as reference. Pay particular attention to using the name on your current CFI certificate as well as citizenship, height, and gender. If you need to change your name, citizenship or gender, you have to do so at your local FSDO.  You may not change those items with an 8710 for CFI renewal.

Sign and date the form with the date of your eFIRC course completion.

We’ll still need to verify your ID for the 8710 just as we would if you were completing the application within IACRA.  You can either scan and email an image of your CFI certificate to [email protected] or upload it on our “submit  applicati on  for  renewal” section of the eFIRC.

What if it’s getting close to my temporary certificate expiration date and I still haven’t received my certificate from the FAA?

You should contact the FAA’s Airman Certificati on Branch

If necessary, you can also request an extension through the FAA airman certification branch. In order to request the extension visit the FAA’s website at: http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/airmen_services/ , login and request temporary authority – this will issue a 60 day extension to your temporary CFI certificate.

Do I need to turn in my instructor certificate?

Answer: No but you will need to submit a legible (preferably color) copy of your flight instructor certificate.  Your old certificate will no longer be valid after the date of expiration without also holding a FIRC graduation certificate which acts as your temporary certificate for 120 days.

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?

Answer: There is no requirement to complete the record of pilot time section of the 8710 form for a flight instructor renewal. You may, however, want to do this for other reasons. It might serve as possible proof of previous time should you lose your logbooks.

I just discovered that my flight instructor certificate is missing. Will this prevent me from renewing, or can I renew without my instructor certificate?

Answer: You must submit a copy of your flight instructor certificate with your application. If your certificate is lost, you may request a faxed confirmation notice directly from the FAA by calling 405/954-3261. This confirmation notice may be used in lieu of the actual certificate. You also can contact your local FSDO for assistance.

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