2012 Flight Instructor Refresher Course

CFIG - Renew Your Glider Flight Instructor Certificate - The SSF provides US glider flight instructors the ability to renew their FAA flight instructor certificate in a FAA Approved class tailored to the need of glider pilots and students. One FIRC is held in conjunction with the bi-annual SSA soaring convention. This FIRC is held the Tuesday and Wednesday preceeding the convention at the convention site. Other FIRCs are held, upon request, around the country. Contact Richard Carlson [rcarlson501 at comcast.net] for more details. There is a $150 per person fee to attend a FIRC.

New in 2012, the SSF now has an FAA approved ACR (Airman Certification Representative) on staff. This means that the CFI can complete the renewal paperwork at the end of the FIRC. The SSF ACR will issue a new temporary CFI certificate and file the paperwork with the FAA. This means that FIRC attendees no longer need to schedule a visit with their local FSDO to complete the renewal process.

All FIRCs are coordinated by a local contact. In Dec 2007 Pat Wager put together a pair of documents to help the local coordinator with this task. The FIRC checklist contains a detailed list of tasks that the local coordinator will perform prior to the FIRC date. The sample invitation letter gives you some guidance of what to tell FIRC attendees.

The local contact information for each FIRC will be updated as it becomes available. Unless otherwise noted all FIRCs will have the same time scheulde. Class will start at 8:00 am both on Saturday on Sunday. Presentations can be viewed/downloaded from the Sample Scheulde page.

SSF FIRC's are open to any Flight Instructor wishing to renew their FI certificate. As of 2008, the SSF FIRC can renew any FI certificate (glider, airplane, rotorcraft, ...). If your tow-pilots are airplane flight instructors they can how renew by attending the SSF FIRC. The SSF FIRCs are also open to any glider pilot who is interesed in learning more about the art of Soaring. You do not need to be a flight instructor to attend an SSF FIRC.

New - December 19, 2011 - New Register for a FIRC on-line and pay by credit card, sending a check to the local contact, or pay at the door. Follow the On-line Registration link to the registration form. Selecting Pay by Credit Card and you will be taken to the SSA Store to complete the payment process.

The current schedule for 2012 is:

Updated 02/26/2012