Flight instructors now have another choice when it comes time to satisfy the CFI renewals. Sporty’s online FIRC was created by the instructional staff at Sporty’s Academy and comes in a convenient online format – universally accessible for PC, Mac, and mobile devices including iPad/iPhone and Android platforms.
With no software to install, a flight instructor simply logs in anywhere there is an internet connection and begins training – at his or her own pace. Sporty’s eFIRC contains 17 lessons broken down into learning modules for ease of study. Topics range from loss of control to how to build a culture of safety, from ethics and professionalism to explaining aerodynamic concepts and teaching night flying. Another module contains important information about Transportation Security Administration regulations and what flight instructors need to know to stay out of trouble.
“Just like with Sporty’s other courses, the goal of the eFIRC is not just to pass the test,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “We want to help flight instructors become better teachers and communicators.”
Sporty’s eFIRC includes Sporty’s award-winning video content. Complete with 3D animation and graphics, video-based learning helps to further explain complex topics in an effective and entertaining format. Instructors also can enjoy access to a host of supplemental resources that can be incorporated into everyday teaching activity.
Flight instructors whose instructor credentials have not yet expired are eligible to renew their credentials upon satisfactory completion of the FIRC. The provided graduation certificate is then submitted to a certifying official (aviation safety inspector or approved designated examiner) for renewal. Ground instructors may also receive a graduation certificate to meet the recent experience requirements of §61.217 (c).
The estimated time to complete the FIRC material and take the required final exam is approximately 16.5 hours.
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