Sporty’s eFIRC - Flight Instructor Refresher Online Course

Now with paperless CFI renewal (ACR processing)
*requires 3 business days for processing

$99.00
$99.00

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 6481-00A

NOW OFFERS PAPERLESS CFI RENEWAL

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 dow...

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NOW OFFERS PAPERLESS CFI RENEWAL

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)
  • 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.

 

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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3.9 / 5.0
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Would You Recommend?
Yes (11)
No (4)
Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Would You Recommend?
Yes
FIRC
A very good FIRC product, albeit a bit leveraged toward text, as most of them are these days. Almost death-by-powerpoint! But the good part is that there are a goodly number of optional video clips from Sporty's vast library of instructional videos, and these are all excellent, and if access to them is allowed after the program is complete will be a great value.

Modern technology allows for the monitoring of time spent going through the program, so you have to keep it honest! However in all but the shortest segments that won't be a problem, and the videos take up the slack.
October 20, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
95% reading. My understanding is that there would be much more video lectures. The iPad viewer was very buggy and didn’t work very well. It locked up occasionally and I would have to log out and back in to reset.
October 12, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Excellent
Th FIRC course was excellent. I have been a CFII and MEI since 1988 and this was the best course I have ever taken. One of the most important features are the abundant links imbedded throughout the course which took me off topic but added immensely to the learning achieved. Thanks
September 7, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Sporty's FIRC
Excellent review, with current review of newest information. I am a fast reader, so the 45 minute per segment slowed me down. Yes, I realize that the FAA requires 16 hours... better would be if I could review the information and absorb the contents at my rate rather than the FAA's rate. Well done, Sporty's!
August 22, 2018
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Worth every penny!!
Course was great! Was put together well and was simple to follow. I hate to read and if I have to read a lot, I tend to zone out. I much rather video and audio so when I saw this course was all reading, I was not pleased. However, it was a piece of cake. Really not that much reading and it was all good stuff so it kept me interested. I knocked out all 16 chapters in about a week and immediately took the test. Got a 97%...
August 14, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
FIRC review
Terribly boring. All text. Only videos or other media were in the supplementary topics. Really got tired of all the alphabet soup shorthand, mostly not necessary. Minor typos throughout.
May 26, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Would You Recommend?
No
Eh - could be better
This is my first time using Sporty's FIRC, after using AOPA's the past couple of times. Sporty's is cheaper, but 4 lessons in and my impression is much less favorable. Most of the material is just text that you page through (not very engaging). Where there are graphics in the lessons, they are rendered on my screen too small and don't appear to allow you to zoom or open up separately. The layout of the screen dedicates too much space to the lesson layout, wasting precious screen real estate too. I guess it will get the job done, but can't really recommend it
May 8, 2018
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
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3 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
I felt that the material covered the necessary components. Having been a customer of king refresher courses I felt that waiting until you covered all the schooling to take the test as a whole was a little more concerning. The last time I took the king course two years ago you were tested on each component as you finish each component
April 29, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Would You Recommend?
No
Really Dry Material
Dry with few graphics or videos. For what Im getting, I might have as well stayed with American Flyers. I expected MORE from Sportys (I used their products for my private very and instrument rating). Next time Ill use AOPA which my friends use, and like. Not worth $99 (full disclosure, I received free as part of my SAFE membership)Armand
April 15, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
FIRC from home
It is well designed to allow the user to complete segments as time allows. Occasionally I had to retry going to the next page. There was somewhat more repetition than I thought necessary. The reviews at the end of each chapter could be more comprehensive. Overall, it is well-designed and easy to use. Videos could be used to emphasize key points and make it more interesting.
February 2, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
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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
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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