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Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)

All Online Course, with Paperless Online Certificate Renewal

FIRC, Online Certificate Renewal and Online Aviation Library included

Everything can be completed online

  • NO trips to the FSDO
  • NO documents notarized
  • NO sending in your old CFI certificate, or any other documents
  • Enjoy a mobile friendly FIRC that goes anywhere you need to study
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16 hours

More Relevant and Interesting Learning
  • Finally, a FIRC specifically for Helicopter CFIs. Forget having to study irrelevant airplane topics
  • This FIRC moves away from reviewing the same topics that flight instructors learned as Private Pilots
  • This FIRC focuses on giving you tools to help pilots to be more ready to be Pilot-In-Command
  • You'll gain more insight from thought provoking topics
  • We think you'll find this FIRC to be a breath of fresh air
Renew Completely Online Without Leaving Home
As a King Schools FIRC customer, you have an easy, convenient way to renew your CFI certificate using our online renewal service.
  • Everything can be completed online
  • NO trips to the FSDO
  • NO documents notarized
  • NO sending in your old CFI certificate, or any other documents
  • Enjoy a mobile friendly FIRC that goes anywhere you need to study
Access Your Course From Anywhere
From your computer, iPad, or other mobile device, all you need to complete your FIRC is an Internet connection and a web browser.
The Helicopter FIRC Covers...
  • Identifying and Changing At-Risk Behaviors
  • Using Scenario-Based Training
  • Coaching Pilots to Avoid Deviations
  • Teaching Airspace Effectively
  • Making Airworthiness Easy to Understand
  • Teaching Risk Management for Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • Conducting a Meaningful Flight Review and IPC
  • Teaching Loss of Control Awareness and Prevention
  • Preparing Your Applicant for the Practical Test
  • What You and Your Customers Should Know About Drone Regulations
  • How Airman Certification Standards Improve Flight Instruction
  • Understanding the Compliance Philosophy
  • Becoming Familiar with BasicMed
  • The Benefits of IACRA and the FAAST Program
  • Things You Need to Know About TSA
   —And You Get 1 Elective From These Subjects
  • Teaching Smart Tablet Use in the Cockpit
  • Using Flight Simulation to Help Pilots Learn
  • Helping Pilots Understand the Practical Test Standards
Now includes lifetime access to the King Schools Online Aviation Library!
The KING Online Aviation Library is the superior one-stop-shop digital resource for your aviation books, guides, and piloting reference materials. You will find all the popular FAA handbooks, KING cockpit cards, KING syllabi, important aviation websites, FAA Circulars and a whole lot more, all conveniently located in our online library.
King Schools will update the books and materials in the online library whenever a new version of a book or reference material becomes available. You will no longer have to replace old materials as KING will make sure you have the most recent versions of everything in the library.
Online Access, Printer Friendly Documents
You will be able to access all the materials through any internet connected device. No more heavy books weighing you down. You will be able to download or print anything in the library.
"I have been taking weekend and online FIRCs for many years and this is by far the BEST renewal course I have ever taken and I look forward to using again in two years."
~James Potter • Afton, VA
"Excellent course. I actually enjoyed it. I learned some new things and all from my iPad in various parts of the world. Thanks for making it so easy and convenient."
~Andrew J. Zuranski • Lake Ariel, PA

How This Course Works
To successfully complete this course, you must, for every lesson in the course...
  1. Complete the pre-lesson assessment quiz
  2. Study all the lesson content, and
  3. Pass the end-of-lesson test
When You Complete Your Course... can instantly print out your...
  • TSA Training Certificate
  • Completion Certificate
  • Graduation Certificate
Your FIRC purchase includes the Certificate Renewal Service, you will be able to...
  • Fill out an online 8710 form using the FAA's IACRA online program
  • Supply us with your FAA Tracking Number (FTN) assigned by IACRA
  • After we process your application, we will issue you a downloadable and printable temporary certificate

Save Time and Money on Your Renewal
Other courses require you to notarize documents and to send in information using certified mail. This can add significantly to the overall cost of your FIRC course. Since the KING FIRC uses the FAA's online IACRA system to process your certificate, all this is avoided. There is nothing to send in, allowing for a quick, easy, and inexpensive renewal process.
Why Not Try Something New—and more significant
You may have noticed that the FIRC options for flight instructors have not changed much in recent years. Well, you now have the opportunity to try something new. You´ll meet your certificate renewal requirements just like with any other FIRC, but the KING course will make you thoughtful about what you can do as a flight instructor to make general aviation pilots safer.
You will delve into areas that will be interesting, relevant, and sometimes provocative. You will find this new approach truly refreshing, and we are certain you will find our alternative to be engaging, educational and fun.
You're in Control
You may take the lessons in any order you choose. Once you comprehend all the material in a lesson, you will be ready to take the lesson test and confirm your learning. Once you pass, start studying the next lesson of your choice immediately.
Renew Online Without Leaving Home
This FIRC is the first to incorporate a paperwork-free, completely online, renewal process. You will be able to complete the renewal requirements at your computer and you will receive your temporary certificate by email.

A personal note to Flight Instructors
from John and Martha

"Flying self-selects fabulous people. It is easy to become fond of them. They are competent, committed and persistent. They are also vulnerable to the risks associated with flying. These are not foolhardy people. They often just don´t understand the risks they are taking. There is a very strong need to help pilots gain insights that will save their lives.


We decided our FIRC should cover things like "Identifying and Changing At-Risk Behaviors." If you are like us, you often see scary behavior in your own customers. We hope to give you specific tools to help your customers gain the insight they need. At a minimum taking this FIRC will make you thoughtful about these topics. The best case is that if you are not already, you will become a strong advocate of risk management to everyone in aviation."

John and Martha

  1. Does your Instructor Certificate expire this month?
    The FAA considers the FIRC lesson content critically important and wants to ensure that you do not rush through it or skip any of it. Therefore, they have mandated that we require a minimum amount of time be spent studying each lesson.
  2. Do I need to make any trips to the FSDO or get my documentation notarized?
    No, we do the renewal processing for you. By purchasing the KING FIRC, you will take advantage of our completely paperless, online renewal process.
  3. What devices will the course work on?

    Access your course from any device...all you need is an Internet connection and a web browser

    • Tablets
    • Computers
    • Mobile Devices
  4. Does the FIRC work with the King Companion App?
    The KING FIRC will not work with the King Companion App but you can easily take your FIRC on your iPad using any Internet-connected Web browser.
  5. How long is this course?
    The King Schools FIRC complies with the FAA's requirement that all online FIRCs must be the equivalent of a 16-hour in-person FIRC.
  6. When can I start my course?
    You can start your course anytime you want.
  7. How soon will my renewal application be processed?
    Upon successful completion of the course and submission of your electronic 8710 application on IACRA's website, you should allow for up to 9 days for King Schools to process your application.
  8. How do I keep the same expiration date I currently have?
    You need to complete your course within 4 months of your current expiration date.
  9. How soon before my CFI certificate expires can I take your FIRC and maintain my same month of expiration?
    • To retain your same expiration month, submit your application for renewal anytime within the 3 calendar months prior to your current expiration month.
    • Your course graduation certificate is good for 3 calendar months from the month of issuance and must be valid at the time you submit your application for renewal.
  10. How do I make sure my certificate gets renewed on time?
    You have until 5:00 PM Pacific Time on the last day of the month in which your certificate expires to complete your course and submit your application to ensure you will be renewed on time.
  11. My CFI certificate has already expired. Can I still renew my certificate using your course?
    No, you need to contact your local FSDO office and inform them of your situation. They will let you know what you need to do to renew your certificate.
  12. How do I get my WINGS credit for taking the course?
    For more information on receiving WINGS credit click here.
  13. What are the requirements for using the IACRA website?
    A PC with broadband internet connectivity. Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. Cannot block cookies - Internet Options, Privacy tab. Java scripting must be enabled - Internet Options, Advanced tab. Popup blocker cannot be enabled.
  14. Do I have to fill out all the information on the IACRA form?
    No, you do not need to fill in the number of flight hours. When you click on Submit, IACRA will prompt you to fill in any missing information that they require.
  15. How do I provide an electronic signature?
    Just select Sign Application, then click on the hyperlink Click to Sign.
  16. I received my temporary certificate but I still have not received my permanent certificate and it has been a while.
    You can check the status of your application by calling the FAA Airman Certification Branch at 866-878-2498, Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time.
  17. Who do I call if I have questions?
    You can speak to one of our Pilot Advisors during our normal business hours at 800-854-1001 or +1 858-541-2200. You can also email us at
  18. What does CFI mean?
    CFI is short for Certificated Flight Instructor. It is common to see or hear it as Certified Flight Instructor, but this is technically not correct. The FAA has stated that they do not 'certify' pilots, they just 'certificate' them.

Unedited Customer Reviews
Course Completion Review
Your website and training are absolutely amazing.
Cherif A. 07/27/2022
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
Great Helicopter FIRC
Well laid out and informative course. I would recommend it to any Helicopter CFI looking for a better FIRC.
Cornelius M. 06/10/2022
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
Well Done King Schools!
From the beginning, I was dreading the course.  By the end, I was so glad I completed everything!  GREAT information for any level of CFI. Very thorough, informative and easy to follow along.  I'm now excited to re-do this course next year to keep me sharp.  Thank you King Schools, well done!
Joseph M. 02/08/2022
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
Thanks again!
Thank you again, This is my second FIRC through your school.
Cutter S. 04/28/2021
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
More of John and Martha Please
Great course, but needs more actual video instruction. Over half of the modules are a reading exercise only which was disappointing. John and Martha are fantastic public speakers and that is the reason why I signed up to take this course.
Mark C. 02/06/2021
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
King Schools PVT to ATP!
I started using King products back when I was working on my Private Pilot nearly 10 years ago. Last year I used King Schools Jepp charts review to help prep for my airline interviews and ATP. Now I have completed myfirst FIRC with the Kings. Thanks for he
Logan O. 10/27/2020
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
Good program somewhat outdated
The King Schools application process was extremely easy, possibly the simplest paperwork I've seen in the 23 FIRCs I've done.  A lot of the material was obviously pretty old and the presentation of basic bullet-pointed items to read was somewhat tedious.
Rand R. 10/01/2020
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
King FIRC.
Lots of good information but the end of lesson quizzes have too many vague questions and answers. I would be very wary of recommending this course.
Eric M. 05/11/2020
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
Very Good FIRC Option
Over the years I have attended classroom FIRCs and used a couple of other online courses. I have used the King course 4 times and it is the best that I have found. It has great material, good pace and the technologyseems bulletproof. I recommend it highly
Sanford L. 02/29/2020
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
Once again, the time went by much too quickly. One of the things I always enjoy is the plethora of video from over the years you embed in the course. Viewing the young John and Martha, always engenders fond memoriesof the journey we have embarked upon ove
Terrance 01/18/2020
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)
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