Sat, May 29, 2010
FAA Gives AVSeminars Authorization For CFI Renewals On The
The FAA has issued AVSeminars a
Letter of Authorization to conduct Flight Instructor Refresher
Clinics via Webinar. In the letter, Greg French, an FAA
headquarters-based Aviation Inspector who oversees the CFI renewal
process in Washington, said AVSeminars had
demonstrated that it is capable of conducting FIRC webinars with
the security and comprehensiveness of the same caliber of Clinics
conducted in a classroom setting. "We believe that webinar
technology used for CFI renewals is important because it affords
CFIs the ability to be part of the "live" experience of interacting
with fellow instructors from the comfort and convenience of their
homes and offices," French wrote.
AVSeminars conducted its first "test" of a webinar FIRC on April
10 & 11. Evidenced by the response of the CFIs who attended,
the FAA recognized AVSeminars' ability to be effective in retaining
a high degree of interactivity with the CFIs, while affording a
comfortable, economical learning environment.
CFIs are offered many options for
renewing their licenses. A FIRC or equivalent is required each year
for Chief Instructors and Assistant Chief Instructors of Part 141
flight schools. And, although most active flight instructors are
eligible to renew through their pass-rate record each two years,
many of these consider a FIRC to be essential in their ability to
be a consistently better and effective instructor.
The first of AVSeminars webinar FIRCs is scheduled for the weekend
of June 26 & 27 from 0900 to 1800 ET with an hour free for
lunch. The cost is $169 that includes the Temporary Airman's
Certificate which is mailed at the conclusion of the webinar and
satisfactory completion of the written tests. At least one webinar
is scheduled each month.
Initial classes are limited to 24 CFIs who need to be ready with
high-speed internet connection, webcam, and computer headset. Photo
IDs need to be furnished in advance either through the internet or
mail. Other than these conditions the AVSeminars FIRC is conducted
exactly like their highly acclaimed "live" CFI Renewals.
AVSeminars continues to provide "live", in-person FIRCs, in
addition to the webinar FIRCs. The next will be held at Herlong
Airport in Jacksonville, FL on June 12 & 13.
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