FAQ

ALL FAQs

If you start your FIRC too far in advance of your expiration date, you risk the chance of missing regulatory or guidance changes. The intent of the FIRC is to keep you current and safe. As pilots and instructors we take that responsibility very seriously.

I finished my FIRC on a computer that I was unable to print from. How do I retrieve my Graduation Certificate so that I may print it?

Log back in to American Flyers. On the pull-down Menu at the top of the page, roll your cursor over “Account” and select “FIRC Renewals”. There are links to download/print your Graduation Certificate and an 8710 form should you need it. You may print it more than once if you wish.

My certificate number has changed since I first purchased the FIRC For Life. How do I update my account?

Each time you re-enroll you are asked to enter your CFI certificate number. The certificate number you provide is the one that will correspond to that particular renewal. If you make an error, contact American Flyers at support@af.tv and we can correct it for you.

The address on my Graduation Certificate is old and doesn’t match my 8710 form. How do I update my account?

You can update your profile by clicking on the Account button on the navigation menu at the top of the page. Edit the information in the fields and then click on the “continue” button on the bottom of the page. Please take this opportunity to make sure your email address is current. You can reprint your Graduation Certificate after revising your information.

When I started the FIRC course I purchased the ACR service. Now I have changed my mind and want to take my paperwork to a FSDO. Can I get a refund?

Yes, provided that you have not yet initiated the ACR service. Click on this link http://americanflyers.net/instruction/enroll.asp?form=b and click the money back guarantee link. Click the link for “refund form” and complete all the blocks of the form. Then click the submit button. You should see your credit card statement reflect the refund on your next billing cycle.

What do I need to do if I want a FSDO to process my renewal?

First locate your nearest FSDO at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/ then make an appointment to meet with an Airman Inspector prior to your CFI certificate expiration date. The wait time for an appointment can be several weeks depending on the FSDO. Ask if you should bring a paper 8710 application or if they want you to apply through IACRA. Lastly, bring the following: a. Your signed Graduation Certificate (date of issuance must fall within three calendar months prior to CFI certificate expiration date) b. Your completed and signed 8710-1 (if they accept paper applications) c. Your valid US Driver’s License, Passport or Military ID d. Your unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate (hard copy).

How do I use the traditional mail-in ACR Service?

Mail your signed Graduation Certificate, valid CFI certificate (hard copy), completed 8710 form, notarized proof of identity, and copy of your photo ID to: American Flyers FIRC Department 32535 Wolf Branch Lane Sorrento, FL 32776

I am out of the country and would like to renew online, is there a way to complete my paperwork?

Yes! Since the FAA’s IACRA system is paperless, CFI’s traveling or living outside of the U.S., can easily apply for renewal. You must: 1. Complete the American Flyers IACRA checklist; 2. Submit your IACRA application for renewal online at https://iacra.faa.gov and, 3. Make sure our ACR has reviewed and signed your application. Faxing or emailing paperwork is not permitted. We require that you submit your application at least three days before your expiration in order to guarantee renewal.

How do I use the IACRA ACR Service?

You complete the American Flyers Flight Instructor Renewal Course and follow the instructions found on your Main Page under “Renewal Details”. The ACR will communicate with you via email and you will be notified when you can download and print your temporary certificate.

When I started the FIRC course I opted out of the ACR service. Now I have changed my mind and want to use the service. How do I make the change?

You have an opportunity to purchase the ACR Service on your Main Page under “Renewal Details” at any time.

What is the ACR Service?

An Airman Certification Representative (ACR) is an individual representing a specific FIRC sponsor who is authorized to accept FAA applications for renewal of valid flight instructor certificates from successful graduates of that sponsor’s program and to issue temporary flight instructor certificates. For your convenience, our ACR can accept your application via IACRA or through the mail and issue you a temporary certificate.

I finished the FIRC program today and my CFI expiration date is today. Am I okay as long as I have finished the course?

No! You must: 1. complete the American Flyers IACRA checklist; 2. submit your IACRA application for renewal online at https://iacra.faa.gov and, 3. make sure our ACR has reviewed and signed your application. Faxing or emailing paperwork is not permitted. We require that you submit your application at least three days before your expiration in order to guarantee renewal.

If I complete the course before my expiration date, will my date change?

As long as you complete the course within the three calendar months preceding the month of your CFI Certificate expiration date, your expiration date will not change.

My certificate expires in 30 days. Do I have enough time to renew my CFI Certificate?

Yes, you have enough time. You need to complete the online training and submit your application for renewal on the IACRA website three days before the expiration date on your back of current CFI certificate. If you are mailing your application to our FIRC Department, it must be received on or before the expiration date on the back of your CFI certificate. If you are applying for renewal through a FSDO, you must present your graduation certificate to them on or before the expiration date on the back of your CFI certificate. Be sure to call the FSDO early to make an appointment.

When I’m done with the course do you get my paperwork automatically, or do I have to do something else?

There is no automatic transmission of paperwork. There are three ways to submit paperwork for processing: 1. Through the American Flyers ACR using IACRA’s electronic application system. 2. Through the American Flyers ACR by physically mailing your paperwork to the FIRC Department or by taking it to an American Flyers school location. 3. Through a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).