Online FIRC for helicopter CFI renewals debuts

OSHKOSH — John and Martha King of King Schools, together with Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro, announced at AirVenture that they will release an online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) specifically designed for helicopter flight instructors.

The new helicopter FIRC focuses on helicopters, but also shares many features with the current King Schools online FIRC that has already been used by thousands of CFIs to renew their certificates since its first release in May 2012, company officials said.

Shared features include iPad support and the King QuikRenew service that provides an entirely online, paperwork-free renewal process with nothing to be notarized or mailed in.

Helo_FIRC_Main_Menu_v1_proof“Martha and I love flying and teaching in helicopters,” said John King. “However, like many helicopter CFIs, we’ve been disappointed by the lack of helicopter-specific teaching material.”

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has partnered with King Schools to provide scenario-based videos to illustrate key points on helicopter risk management.

“It has always been a desire of HAI to provide a high quality, user friendly online helicopter oriented Flight Instructor Refresher Course to our members. I could not think of a better partner than King Schools to make that happen. This allows us to promote our key priorities at the basic training level, such as safety, professionalism and community awareness,” said Zuccaro.

The King Schools FIRC program has been designed to run on the iPad, iPhone and on all Windows and Mac Web browsers. It will be released by Sept. 15 and sell for $99 without CFI renewal processing or $124.95 with processing included. HAI members should visit the HAI website for a special offer, officials noted.

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