Best route for CFI renewal

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  1. Cooter

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    I thought I had seen a thread on this but can't find it using the search function. Anybody here have a recommended method for renewing the CFI?
     
  2. mscard88

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    Online thru numerous companies. I use Gleim who also issues me my temporary certificate. Plenty more out there.

    Gleim $99 + $25 to process your certificate. Most of the rest are about the same price.
     
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    Assuming you didn’t let it expire, I like AceCFI. It’s the cheapest option out of all the FIRC.
     
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    Are you active? Easiest way of course would be pass rate. If not I’d probably go with one of the online refresher courses. Or if you want to get it over with quicker you might call a DPE and take a renewal checkride.
     
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    I just did an online renewal with Gleim. Never had to leave my house. With total paperless I was able to print out my own temporary and I did not have to send in my soon to expire certificate. That is done by scanning and sending it in, along with my ID.
     
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    Yup yup! Did Gleim a month or so ago, painless and quick.
     
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    American Flyers has a one time fee for lifetime renewals
     
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    Gleim has led me through the last 5 times.
     
  10. bluesideup

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    Another ++ for Gleim
     
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    Also use Gleim went to AOPA seminars a couple of times nice if you have the time and money but for online Gleim is my choice but haven't tried anyone else. I like the format and have gotten familiar with it.
     
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    Is American Flyers allowed to send the temporary certificate by email? Can you send your official ID and soon to expire certificate in online?

    Guess I could look it up.....

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    From American Flyers website:

    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.

    $25.95 IACRA – Paperless! Nothing to mail, nothing to notarize, complete everything from your computer using the FAA's site and download your temporary certificate when completed.

    $50 ACR – Traditional mail-in service – no registration on new websites, no more usernames and passwords to remember. Put your documents in an envelope and send them to us.
     
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  14. Cooter

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    Looks like Gleim is the winner! I hadn't heard of theirs but I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    Gleim changed the course recently and to me it's a lot better. A lot of good info and many many links for further information. I took it I think this past August. They have a core of topics (10-11 I think) and then you pick 5 additional out of maybe 10 choices. I believe you can try the first unit free so that might appeal to you. It's timed so if you go too fast, easy to do if you know the material, the course warns you. Not a big deal, they're all probably that way as the FAA requires so many hours, 16 I think. Good luck.
     
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    Yep. 16 hours total time. I would be finished with the study unit and go take a break to let the time catch up with me. A little nuisance, but not that bad.

    And yes, it was 11 course topics, followed by your choice of 5 out of maybe 10 choices. I did 2 topics a day and took 8 days. Then I did the IACRA and never left my desk to get my temporary certificate.

    I liked the old style better when there wasn't a minimum time to spend on each topic. I would get the whole thing done in 1 or 2 days. But I did like going through the IACRA.


    Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA)
    IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA's airman application process. IACRA helps ensure applicants meet regulatory and policy requirements through the use of extensive data validation. It also uses electronic signatures to protect the information's integrity, eliminates paper forms, and prints temporary certificates.

    Even though I am not an active instructor, I like to try to keep informed on everything.
     
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    Anybody used AOPA's program?
     
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    I used Gleim in August, but two years before I wanted to try another one as I've been using Gleim forever it seems. So I tried out AOPA's, and it was very good with quite a few short videos in it. You can't go wrong with either one, or even others available out there. They all get the job done.
     
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