FAQs

Are there any additional costs?

Once you purchased the program it is yours to use for life; however, if you choose the IACRA or ACR Service for processing your paperwork there is an additional fee each time you use one of these services.

Can I use my own aircraft?

Absolutely. Yours or ours, it makes no difference to us; we want flying the aircraft to be familiar and easy for you. You are welcome to use a club or personal aircraft for the training. We’ll have our insurance companies communicate a bit, and we’ll be ready to go. You can even leave your plane here with us between your lessons.

Do I download the material or do I take the course online?

You have to do the whole course online.

Do I have to enter my flight time on my application for renewal?

No, you don’t have to fill in your flight time for a CFI renewal. In IACRA you can click on “next” to continue past the flight time portion of the application without entering any hours. On the 8710 form you need only fill out Sections I, IV, and V.

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.

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

How does the FIRC work?

The online FIRC consists of 12 lessons, each of which culminates in a quiz. The quizzes are comprised of five random multiple-choice questions about the material contained in the lesson. The final quiz is cumulative and contains 15 randomly selected questions covering the content from all 12 lessons. After you’ve successfully completed all of the lessons, you must submit an application for renewal.

This can be done through our ACR Service, either using IACRA or the traditional mail-in method or through a FSDO. If you choose to use IACRA you can complete your paperwork online, but must submit your application on the IACRA website at least three days before the expiration date printed on the back of your CFI certificate. This will allow our on-staff FAA ACR’s time to review, approve and sign off on the application and 8710. If you choose to mail your paperwork to our ACR, drop it off at one of our school locations, or take it to a FSDO, we must receive it prior to your expiration date.

How many quizzes are there?

In order to advance to the next lesson, you must study the material to acquire the necessary knowledge. There are 11 quizzes comprised of five random multiple-choice questions about the material contained in the lesson. The final quiz is cumulative and contains 15 randomly selected questions covering the content from all 12 lessons.

Once you have completed studying the lesson (100% on both the Content and Time progress bars), you will be prompted to take Quiz A. If you fail to pass Quiz A, you should restudy the material in the lesson and then take Quiz B. This quiz will contain a new selection of random questions from that lesson. A progress bar at the top of the page will display your progression through the content of each lesson.

How much does the finish program cost? How long and how many hours are included?

It varies tremendously; finish-up programs can range from “I started my private training with 10 hours 30 years ago” to “I’m signed off for my checkride and my airplane is down for annual.” Any finish-up program is going to have two components: satisfying the FAA’s requirements, and flying to proficiency. The first is easy – we review your logbook and do the math. The second is more challenging and normally requires some time with one of our CFIs to determine. Once they’ve gotten a good idea of your flying skills, we can put a program together.

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.

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.

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.

I understand that everyone is different, but can I get a ballpark on how long this will take?

Well, let’s put it this way: we can do an entire private or instrument in just a couple weeks of full-time training, so it’s not going to be longer than that. If you have most of the requirements met, we may be able to get this done over a long weekend or two.

I was training under Part 141; can I still do a finish-up program?

Yes, you can. We will look at the requirements you have met and figure out the most efficient and economical way to finish you up, whether it is 61 or 141. We’ll figure the regs out, you just focus on learning and flying.

I was using a different school’s syllabus; do I have to start over?

Of course not! None of your hours and experience go away. It all counts and will be taken into consideration. The biggest determining factor is proficiency and flying to the FAA’s standards.