Sporty’s eFIRC - Flight Instructor Refresher Online Course

FIRC Access Now Free!

Regular Price: $99.00

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Regular Price: $99.00

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Help for CFIs

Flight and ground instructors are without students and may be facing additional hardship when it comes to renewing their flight instructor certificates. That’s why Sporty’s is pleased to offer its online eFIRC FREE as a convenient, effective, online renewal option.

Sporty’s online FIRC satisfies the requirements to renew your CFI and will vastly improve your teaching skills. Sporty’s eFIRC is delivered in a convenient online format – universally accessible f...

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Help for CFIs

Flight and ground instructors are without students and may be facing additional hardship when it comes to renewing their flight instructor certificates. That’s why Sporty’s is pleased to offer its online eFIRC FREE as a convenient, effective, online renewal option.

Sporty’s online FIRC satisfies the requirements to renew your CFI and will vastly improve your teaching skills. Sporty’s eFIRC is delivered in a convenient online format – universally accessible for PC, MAC, and mobile devices including iPad and Android platforms. There is no software to install. Simply log-in anywhere you have an internet connection and begin your flight instructor refresher training. Sporty’s eFIRC contains 17 lessons broken down into learning modules for ease of study.

  

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Topics include:

  • Navigating in the 21st Century: Pilotage to GPS: TAA & Automation
  • Paperless CFI Renewal (ACR processing) Note this is an additional $24.95 charge.
  • Security Related Special Use Airspace: What’s Going on—Where, and How to Stay Clear
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA): What Flight Instructors Have to Know to Stay Out of Trouble
  • How to Teach Effectively and Build a Culture of Safety in Your Students and Your Workplace
  • Safety Trends in GA: How CFIs Can Directly Contribute to Aviation Safety
  • Pilot Deviations: Their Causes and How to Teach Your Students to Plan Ahead to Avoid Them
  • How to Make the Best Use of the FAASTeam and the WINGS—Pilot Proficiency Program in Your Program of Instruction
  • Regulatory, Policy, and Publication Changes and Updates
  • How to Give an Effective and Useful Instrument Proficiency Check & Flight Review
  • Ethics and Professionalism in the Role of the Flight Instructor
  • Loss of Control
  • Differences When Teaching a Sport Pilot
  • Teaching Your Client Weather Information and Flight Planning
  • Explaining Aerodynamic Concepts
  • Teaching Night Flying
  • How to Teach ATC Communications
  • Understanding and Teaching Advancements in Aviation Technology
 

Included with many lesson modules is Sporty’s award-winning video content. Complete with 3D animations 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 your everyday teaching activity. Sporty’s online learning system provides simple, easy-to-use navigation and the home portal provides a quick, graphical presentation of course progress. From the course home screen, you can quickly navigate to individual modules, allowing specific topics to be reviewed.

 

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). Other interested parties may complete the Sporty’s Academy FIRC and will receive a certificate of course completion upon satisfactory completion of the FIRC material. The estimated time to complete the FIRC material and take the required final exam is approximately 16.5 hours.
 

Now With Paperless CFI Renewal

Sporty's eFIRC has optional paperless CFI renewal (ACR processing). Paperless processing requires 3 business days to complete and is an additional charge of $24.95. Select the checkbox by the "Add to Cart" button to add this service.
 
Sporty’s Airman Certification Representative (ACR) Service is a time saving 
companion to Sporty’s eFIRC. Why waste time driving to your local FSDO when Sporty’s can process the renewal of your unexpired Flight Instructor certificate from the convenience of your computer? You’ve got better things to do and Sporty’s is happy to help with their fully electronic service. With Sporty’s ACR service, you will complete your Sporty’s eFIRC, submit your renewal application on IACRA, upload digital images of a few documents along with some additional information, and then sit back and relax. The ACR at Sporty’s Academy will review your documentation and send your IACRA application on to the FAA. You will then receive your new temporary instructor certificate via the email address that you provided, ready to print, sign, and use. If you have any issues along the way, Sporty’s Ohio based Customer Service and FIRC instructors will be happy to assist you. 
 
Please note: Sporty’s ACR service may only be used by graduates of Sporty’s Academy’s eFIRC holding both an unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate and an unexpired Sporty’s eFIRC graduation certificate. You may purchase the ACR service when you purchase your eFIRC, prior to completion of the eFIRC, or after completion of the eFIRC as long as your certificates are valid. You must have completed the eFIRC, purchased the ACR service, and submitted your IACRA application / uploaded the required documents at least 3 full business days prior to the expiration date of either certificate.

  
Price includes 365 days of access, with one flight instructor graduation certificate and one ground instructor graduation certificate.

 

Want to learn more? Read this blog post from the team that built our new FIRC.


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Sporty’s efirc
One of the best efircs I have used. Easy to use and as entertaining as an efirc can be.
July 3, 2020
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Meets expectations for the price
First of all, thank you for selling the eFIRC for free to help CFIs during this hard moments. Course is OK, a lot of text explanations and easy questions at the end of each lesson. The final exam was 64 questions of the previous content. ACR processing is fast, within a few hours I had my temporary certificate emailed. Thank you Sportys!
July 1, 2020
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Solid FIRC
Part way through the Sporty’s FIRC and liking the layout and content so far. From what I’ve seen, I would do this program again with no hesitation.
June 24, 2020
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Mostly Text - the few videos are very good.
This training really needs an “accessibility” feature. Similar to an audio book. Text to speech does not work and that would be an amazing feature.
June 17, 2020
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Great course
It was very easy to use and understand.
June 15, 2020
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Boring and minimal learning
This is a text only course. And you must read REAL slow or you’re waiting for the 45 minute timer to expire. After 5 lessons, it was enough! I hadn’t learned anything new. I repeat, this is simple text reading with no graphics, animations or anything interactive. Yes, there’s supplemental (Optional) videos, which are retread clips from Sporty’s existing Instrument & Private pilot courses, that are not connected in anyway to the mandatory text. This is the worst Sporty’s course. Yes, it’s free, except for the $25 for online renewal. However, 16 hours of my time is worth more than free.
June 15, 2020
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Informative
Excellent videos. However texts are too wordy and many things are repeated in different lessons. It takes me anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours for each lesson and then there are easy questions that I could have answered without reading the long texts. I suggest to review the wording for repetitions and just make everything shorter for those of us who read everything slowly.
June 13, 2020
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User Unfriendlness!
Twice I let the process sit while I handled other duties (can you hear the term "Honey Do's?)"
Each time I came back to the training, I couldn't see how to re-start. I couldn't find a way to "log-in" to resume the process.
It looked like I was checking to see if I wanted to take the course - it let me go through an entire lessen, except it wouldn't let me work the post-lesson 5 question quiz. And instead of showing the elapsed time, there was a "buy now" feature at the top of the window.

So, on Monday, I'll be calling for help! Again!
June 6, 2020
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Great Service, No Graphics
Convenient and informative. None of the graphics were viewable though so some key information was not really included. The content timers were pretty arbitrary; you had to take 45 minutes per module whether the module was 10 or 200 pages long.

However customer service was great! Opted for the e-submission and Sporty's evaluators worked through the weekend (due to FAA IACRA shutdown_ to make sure my temporary certificate got sent to me on time.
June 6, 2020
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Great Course
I am currently studying to earn my CFI certificate but due to COVID-19, I haven't flown in about two and a half months. It was very generous of Sporty's to offer this course for free during these unprecedented times. It was a great resource and tool for me to use in refreshing my knowledge as I prepare to begin flying again and take my checkride. The course has a great structure that is mostly reading but also offers some optional video segments. They also linked in many additional resources which was beneficial. Overall, I think the course did an excellent job covering the material and making it relevant and practical. Thank you Sporty's.
May 31, 2020
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Does long internet latency affect the course? I have Hughes Net internet service and it has 600ms latency.
Greg T on Jul 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can try the free demo here to see how it works: https://courses2.sportys.com/training/firc/coursehome#/intro
Can I begin this course and intentionally not complete it until October so I can keep my existing January 2021 expiration?
Hmac_tx on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can do that.
Is this online CFI renewal Really free (except for the $24.95)? Is there a catch?
Susan K on Jul 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is free. The only cost is for the processing of the renewal. No catch.
I recently reinstated my CFII so I do not require a FIRC but I am in interested in reviewing extra material. Will I be charged for anything if I only do the 17 sections for review but do not process anything?
J C on Apr 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, you will not be charged.
At check-out, the process requires a shipping charge, but this is on-line, what do we do about that?
chris t on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There is not a shipping charge You may have to select an option but you should not be billed.
How long will this stay free?
Brandon Z on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There is no expiration date on the is special at this time.
How far in advance of my CFI expiration date can I begin the renewal process?
Jim P. on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You may renew at any time. If you would like to keep your current expiration month you may renew no earlier than 3 months prior to your current expiration date.
What Wings credits are earned with the FIRC course?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The course provides 1 credit for knowledge topic 1 and 1 credit for knowledge topic 2.
Does this course apply to an Advanced Ground Instructor without a CFI? I need an endorsement to begin teaching again.
A shopper on Apr 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will give you the certificate for currency as a Ground Instructor.
Will Sporty’s process all paperwork and submit to FAA for processing as King school does to prevent a trip to the local FSDO?
Warren F on Aug 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, with the paperless renewal. You will need to complete the application in IACRA, then send us a picture of the front and back of your unexpired CFI certificate and a picture of your photo ID.
If I take this course, does that mean all I would need to do is get a referral from an active instructor to take a check ride with an examiner to activate my instructor ticket?
Keith M on Mar 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, this course allows a CFI to renew his CFI certificate.
I am a check instructor at a Part 141 flight school. I usually renew based upon my being a check pilot. Our FSDO inspectors have been furloughed and thus they can not renew me. So, I'm thinking of taking an online FIRC. My question is, with the government shutdown, will I be able to renew via a FIRC? Will the FAA process the renewal after I complete the online FIRC even if the government remains shut down? Thanks.
Hugh I on Jan 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we can renew via the FIRC, you will be issued a temporary certificate that is valid for 120 days.
Can this course be used multiple times for renewal? Or does it expire after each renewal, requiring a new purchase for the next renewal?
Amy B on Dec 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The course must be purchased for each renewal.
My instructor license has expired. If I take this course will it fulfill the requirements of the ground portion of the check ride?
Keith M on May 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This course will help prep you for the check ride but does not fulfill the requirement of the ground portion of the check ride.
Can I use it on my iPhone?
A shopper on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is an online course. You can view the course with your phone and web browser.
Is there a time limit on completion. My CFI is current but I’d like to work on the project over a few months?
Mike D on Feb 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There is no time limit on completion.
Is the cost 99 including the paperless renewal or an additional 25?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The paperless renewal is an additional $25.00.
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