Flight Instructor Refresher Course

For over 3 decades the Soaring Safety Foundation has operated a FAA approved Flight Instructor Refresher Course to Glider, Airplane, and Helicoptor flight instructors. Classes are help at various locations scatteed around the country from southern Virginia to Anchorage Alaska and from Long Beach California to Manchester New Hampshire. Classes are held during the Winter months (December thru April) when our FIRC instructors are available to teach.

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.

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.

Authorized individuals can now access the FIRC registrtion database to verify who has registered for their FIRC. This process uses Google Identy Management functions to authenticate these authorized individuals. Local Point of Contact (POC) will only be authorized to look at the registraion list for their FIRC. SSF POCs will be authorized to look at all FIRC registration data. The FIRC Registration database is available, Local POCs should send email to the Soaring Safety webmaster to request access to their section of the database.


FIRC Schedule the dates and time for upcoming FIRCs, links to scheduled for previous years are at the bottom of the page.

FIRC Presentations - Presentations used during various FIRC from 2012 to the present.