King Schools Modifies Refresher Course

King Schools has made some modifications to its Flight Instructor Refresher Course to allow CFIs to focus on areas of weakness or greater interest. Rather than having a list of set course components that must be completed, the course now includes elective sections. "CFIs new to the King FIRC can customize their course for what interests them, and returning CFIs can learn something new each time they come back for their refresher," said Martha King.

Elective lessons include five topics: Teaching Icing Survival, Preparing Your Applicant for the Practical Test, How the ACS Will Improve Flight Instruction, Teaching Smart Tablet Use in the Cockpit, and Using Flight Simulation to Help Pilots Learn. In order to finish the FIRC course, two of these electives must be completed.

"Flight instructors will find these electives interesting, relevant and sometimes provocative," said John King. "It will make instructors thoughtful about how and what they teach their students."

The course is designed to take about 16 hours. However, there is no minimum time requirement to complete the program. Instead, for each component of the course, you must complete a pre-lesson quiz consisting of true and false questions, study the material of the lessons, and pass an end of lesson multiple-choice test answering a minimum of 70 percent of the questions correct.

As an added bonus, the last lesson, "Things You Need to Know About TSA," can be used as a stand-alone course to meet the annual TSA requirement during the non-FIRC year.

Both airplane and helicopter CFIs can use this FIRC to meet the biennial renewal requirement. The material can be accessed either on a computer or electronic tablet. The cost for King Schools' FIRC is $99 or $124.95 including automatic renewal processing.


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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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