“It’s time to renew your CFI. So why should you renew with us?”
When it comes to renewing your CFI there are several FIRC options (King Schools, Gleim, American Flyers, ASA, and ASI to name a few). As a result, you’re probably asking yourself: “With so many options what makes our course better?”
Here’s the answer:
We work harder to exceed your expectations by delivering more value for your dollar than any of our competitors. Our FAA-Approved online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) is more interesting, convenient, and cost-effective than any other FIRC. Here’s what I mean:
These are five reasons why our course is a better choice than any other FIRC available, and why you should choose to renew with us:
1. Pay Once and Renew Forever:
Our course costs the same as any other FIRC ($99.95). However, when you pay for our course you can retake it year-after-year without EVER paying again. Other courses charge you again-and-again every two years to keep your flight instructor certificate active. Not us.
When you purchase our course you can keep your certificate active for your entire lifetime, and never pay again. This will literally save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over your flying career.
The only fee you have the choice to pay is our ACR Service fee of $25.00 (explained in Reason #2 below). You would only have to pay this fee if you chose to receive your Temporary Airman Certificate by email, through our online service, as opposed to working through a FSDO. This is entirely up to you since it is possible to receive your Temporary Airman Certificate through your local FSDO by making an appointment, or through the mail if the FSDO grants you permission. However, working through the FSDO is more time consuming than using our service, because it typically involves traveling to the FSDO in person and filling out a Form 8710 by hand. As a result, many people elect to pay for our ACR Service for the convenience.
If you do your research (and we highly encourage you to do so), you will find that $25.00 for ACR Service is pretty standard for online FIRCs. They typically charge around $100 for the course and $25 for ACR service. Some FIRCs simply charge $125 for their course, but include ACR service with the price (effectively costing the same amount, but not offering the choice to withdraw the service). However, most of these FIRCs do not let you retake the course every two years without paying again. Rather, in most instances, you would need to pay the entire price of $100 for the course and $25 for ACR Services every time you retook their course. With us, you don’t need to pay anything for the course, and you have the choice to pay $25.00 for ACR Services (only if you would like to).
On the contrary, our course costs $99.95, and our optional ACR Service is $25.00. If you purchased them both the first time it would cost $124.95 total. After that, you can come back, year-after-year and retake the course without paying anything. However, if you chose to receive our ACR Service you would only need to pay $25.00 each time.
2. Zero Paperwork:
If you choose to purchase our ACR services (for $25.00) you will receive your temporary airman certificate by email within a few days after completing the course. You won’t have to visit the FSDO or fax, scan, notarize, mail, print, or do anything with any kind of paperwork. Period.
Everything is handled entirely online, and the process is simple, straight-forward, and extremely convenient. Here’s how it works:
When you complete the course you will submit an electronic application for a new Flight Instructor certificate in the FAA’s Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) system. This is a simple process that only takes a few minutes, and we provide very clear step-by-step directions (to include a video recording of the process) to help you do this.
Once you have submitted the application, our ACR team will review your application and send you an email to let you know that your application is ready for your electronic signature. Once you’ve signed the application in IACRA (once again, a very simple process), we will send you your Temporary Airman Certificate by email. From there, you can print it out and use it immediately. Your permanent certificate will arrive in the mail a few weeks later (depending on how fast the FAA can process it).
3. It’s a FIRC that’s actually interesting:
Most people dread taking a FIRC. It’s that “once every two years” inconvenience that flight instructors feel like “they just have to get over with” in order to keep their certificates. To be completely honest with you, I can’t blame them.
That’s because many times FIRCs are extremely boring. They typically involve clicking through page-after-page of monotonous and mind-numbing information that doesn’t help them become better flight instructors.
To me, that’s a pretty sad state of affairs, and I’ll tell you why.
First off, I look at the FIRC as an opportunity to connect with a pretty impressive group of folks: Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs).
In my opinion, CFIs have an awesome responsibility, and the ability to connect with people who are motivated, happy, and excited to pursue a dream they’ve had in their minds since they were kids: learning to fly.
Not only that, CFIs are given a lot of power, and very often possess a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise that isn’t available to the general public.
Because of all this, the FIRC is an opportunity to present information that is both interesting and beneficial to the CFI.
What kind of information? Read on, and I’ll tell you.
Many other FIRCs focus on regurgitating information you’ve already learned (like the “TOMATO FLAMES” acronym, or VFR weather minimums for Class D airspace, or the difference between “clear” and “rime” icing, etc.).
Now, of course some review of these topics makes sense (after all it is a flight instructor REFRESHER course). However, focusing too much on basic review, at the expense of expanding the knowledge base, doesn’t do much for the CFI. Not only that, it gets boring quickly and usually results in people “zoning out”, and not getting much, if anything, from the course.
On the contrary, our FIRC presents information in a way similar to an article in an aviation magazine (as opposed to the typical list of bulleted facts that become dull after a few pages).
For example, we incorporate aviation accident cases from the NTSB database as well as the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) into our course. We dissect and evaluate what caused the accidents, how they could have been prevented, and incorporate as many learning points into the discussion as we can. This approach is not only better at teaching (because the information is presented in a context that makes sense) it’s also a lot more interesting.
Additionally, we introduce the field of “Human Factors” to understand, and interpret, how pilots interact with their aircraft and the surrounding environment. This is important because very often accidents (or deviations) are attributed to the vague and in-actionable term “pilot error”, and not much else is done to figure out what actually happened. Human Factors is a field of study which aims to de-mystify “pilot error” and determine what caused the error in the first place. That way, something can actually be done to prevent the error from happening again.
That’s just a small snapshot of the types of interesting, useful, and beneficial information you can expect to see in our FAA-Approved online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC). Our full list of lessons is included below:
With our online courseware you can renew your CFI from anywhere in the world with internet access. The course is fully compatible with iPad and all Windows and Mac web browsers. Furthermore, you can stop and resume the course at any time without losing your place. Unlike many in-person FIRCs, our course is completely adaptable to your schedule.
5. Money Back Guarantee:
If you are unsatisfied with anything for any reason just let us know, and we’ll refund every penny of the purchase price without asking a single question. We respect your choice to do business with us, and if you aren’t happy we won’t keep your money.
To wrap it all up, you will not find a better FIRC on the market. Our FIRC is more interesting, convenient, and cost effective than any other FIRC available. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our actual customers have been saying:
“Thank you for the service you have and will provide in the future. The FIRC process you have was enjoyable. I will be recommending your service to other instructors.” -Simeon G.
“The content was great. The renewal process was fast, and you can’t beat the lifetime deal.” -Porter I.
“Thank you for a great product. The price point and ease of receiving the temporary is fantastic. I enjoyed your choice of lessons. As a working commercial helicopter pilot, I admit that I don’t spend as much time on new regulations and FAA safety programs as I should. Thank you for the reminder. I will recommend you to my peers as being an excellent resource for CFI renewal.” -Mike M.
“I’ve just completed your online Flight Instructor Refresher Course, and I’m certainly glad I tried you – it was more interesting than my last 6 CFI renewals done with another online FIRC provider.” -Andrew W.
“Thank you for your swift service. I appreciated your professionalism and your product that I used to effectively get done what I needed to get done.” -Dave W.
“Thank you! You have an awesome program.” -Brenden R.
“I really enjoyed the course and already recommended it to another instructor who took it as well. I will continue to recommend it to other CFIs in the future.” -Devan W.
“Thanks for the very good service and the interesting course!” -Marc E
“I would like to thank you for the services you provided with your program. I really enjoyed doing it as well as learning a lot of valuable information.” -Joseph M.
“Thank you. I have been a CFI for over 25 years and have done about every online recurrent program out there. Your customer service and ACR process is very good!! Keep up the good work.” -Randy H.
“I love your product and will be telling my colleagues, employees, and friends to use it.” -John W
“I just completed your FIRC training and it was as good or better than you promised! In the past I attend a weekend seminar to renew my CFI and according to my wife returned home grumbling that it was a waste of time and that I’d learned nothing. It was due to her push that I signed up for your program after she saw your post card in the mail. She was right – I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving your course a try. With each lesson, I learn new information – a welcome change from the seminar experience of the past. The format is great, providing not just the information but also its source and applicability to being a CFI. I will be recommending your course to all of my CFI friends.” -Marty P.
“I thought the course was very good, and had more depth than online courses that I have taken. Plus a great value.” -Greg C.
“Thank you very much!! I will and have already recommended your program to my fellow aviators!! Your program is incredible!!” -Roger T.
“This was the first time that I had used your product and found the computer program very user friendly and the chapter topics were all interesting and relevant. That’s difficult to do considering some of the subject material. And, obviously, your customer service is outstanding. I will definitely recommend your service to others.” -Brent T.
“I just wanted to let you know how pleased I have been with your course. I will admit that I was just a little leery of signing up as you were the new boy on the block and I thought I might run into a glitch here or there due to possible bugs in your system. However, everything went smoothly and I am glad I decided to give your course a try. Also, being able to take subsequent FIRC courses at no charge and just pay for the ACR processing in the future was a big incentive. I have been taking FIRC courses online for many years and I would highly recomend your course to anyone.” -Terry S.
“Just completed your FIRC program and received my temp certificate. I have read the reviews on your website and agree with all of them. I have had an instructor certificate for 46 years. This was the best refresher I have ever experienced.” -George S.
“Thanks, I received many FIRC offers. I am happy that I chose your program. Everything was clearly explained and the process was trouble free.” -George R.
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