King Schools Expands, Updates Online Pilot Training Programs

 - April 12, 2013, 9:30 AM

King Schools announced several updates and additions to its online pilot training programs this week at the Sun ’n Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla.

On Wednesday, the company said it will release the first-ever online Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) by early summer. According to King Schools co-chairmen John and Martha King, the new course will allow helicopter CFIs wanting to renew their certificate online to “no longer be forced to muddle through airplane-specific topics that often have little or no relevance toward flying helicopters.” The helicopter FIRC will be offered at the same price as King Schools’ regular online CFI refresher course–$99 without CFI renewal processing or $124.95 with processing.

King Schools has also updated its online FIRC to include a new lesson on scenario-based training (SBT). “Scenario-based training is now part of the FAA Practical Test Standards, but most CFIs have not had training on how to incorporate scenarios in their lesson plans,” noted John King. “[Our] online FIRC gives instructors tools and insights on how to implement scenarios that will teach their customers to effectively manage the risks associated with each flight.” The new helicopter FIRC will also include the scenario-based training lesson.

Meanwhile, King Schools is now offering an online version of its airline transport pilot (ATP) written exam preparation course, spurred by the new requirement for airline flight crewmembers, including first officers, to hold an ATP certificate by August 1. This new course takes students through each topic with full-screen, bite-sized video segments, averaging 10 minutes in length. Lessons are automatically followed by a quiz using actual FAA questions to check knowledge retention. Unlimited, random practice tests are also available.

“With the ATP deadline approaching for air crews, we knew it was time to put this course online,” said Martha King. “Now the same time-proven ATP course that has helped tens of thousands of pilots pass their ATP written can be taken anywhere you are able to get your hands on an Internet-connected computer.”