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Nationally Scheduled, FAA Approved, Industry Conducted Flight Instructor Refresher Course ~ FIRC

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Tuition paid in advance is $ 189 (45 days) ~ or $ 239 at the door

Discounts available for large groups, active duty military, and/or Civil Air Patrol members.

All Certificated Flight Instructors are required by FAR § 61.197 to renew their teaching certificates every 24 months. There are several methods allowed under this regulation. We believe that the best option for a professional instructor is to do so in one of our classroom courses.

We believe that you will learn more about how your students learn, what motivates them to succeed, and how you must adjust your own teaching style to meet their needs to make them successful. When you train in person with other experienced flight instructors, you cannot help but learn more than if you had sat alone in front of your computer in your shorts clicking a mouse for 16 hours to satisfy the time requirement. Don't just satisfy the letter of the law, aim for exceeding the spirit of the law and improve your teaching skills.

Becoming a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) is 99% mental and 1% stick-n-rudder skills. Being a CFI is a commitment to a lifestyle; being a good aviator, safety conscious, knowledgeable, and a desire to mentor and share aviation with others in a positive manner.

Can good judgment be to taught to student pilots? Can you turn Macho, Type A, over confident pilots into safe pilots that you would trust your family to fly with? We will answer that question and more in this course.

Classes are forming now. Click here to see a list of locations and class dates.

Please call Scott Johnson @ 651-340-5150 or email Scott@SticknRudder.com to register and to order course materials. Seating is limited.

The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) that govern our Nationally Scheduled FAA-Approved, Industry Conducted Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) are found in Advisory Circular  AC61-83G and in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 61.  §61.197(a)(2)(iii)

Core Topics:

(*Note the order of the topics may be moved to better incorporate or be combined into a related lesson plan.  Regulations require your attendance at all class sessions and a minimum of 16 hours of instruction to qualify for your FIRC graduation certificate.)

            How to Teach Effectively and Build a Culture of Safety in Your Students and Your Workplace

                    Ethics and Professionalism in the Role of the Flight Instructor

                    How to Give an Effective and Useful Flight Review

                    Navigating in the 21st Century: Pilotage to GPS

                    Security-Related Special Use Airspace: What’s Going on Where, When and How to Stay Clear

                    Transportation Security Administration TSA:

                         What Flight Instructors Have to Know to Stay Out of Trouble

                    Regulatory, Policy, and Publications Changes and Updates

                    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 Pilot Proficiency WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program in Your Program of Instruction


Elective Topics:

                   A Review of the Fundamentals of Instruction & Mind Mapping Exercise

 FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) integrated with Human Factors and Aeromedical Factors

       using Scenario Based Training techniques.

                   Integrated Airman Certification and/or Rating Application ~ IACRA

                   Practical Test Preparation & Common Reasons for Failure of the Practical Exam

                   The Business of Running a Flight School & CFI Legal Issues

                   Open Forum & a Review of the Mind Mapping Desired Outcomes