And who, perchance, will be the instructors qualified to adminster these so-called "CFI Proficiency Checks?" This is nothing but a bizarre, unnecessary, and bureaucratic program to address a nonexistent problem.
Where is the evidence that CFIs who do not regularly issue endorsements are "out of proficiency" and therefore unqualified to teach? The current system of CFI recertification works fine. And Pia's commentary is deficient because it implies a FIRC is the only way to keep a CFI current.
Ways to keep a CFI current:
1) Participate in a FIRC - Pia claims this is "easy to complete," yet she ignores the fact that FIRC participants have to undertake regular study and pass an examination. This is demonstrated proficiency.
2) Take a checkride for one of his CFI ratings - demonstrated proficiency.
3) Serve as a flight instructor in the WINGS program - demonstrated proficiency.
4) Renewal based on teaching activity and successful student passes - demonstrated proficiency.
5) Work in a position involving "the regular evaluation of pilots."
Where is the "lack of proficiency?"
NAFI is simply struggling to find ways to stay relevant after its internal fracture and departure from EAA. There are many far, far more important issues affecting aviation safety. We can only hope the FAA sticks this bone-headed idea in the circular file.