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King Schools Partners with Helicopter Association International to Release First Ever Online FIRC Especially for Helicopter Flight Instructor Renewals

Oshkosh, WI, August 1, 2013 — Today, John and Martha King of King Schools, together with Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro, announced that they will release the first ever online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) specifically designed for helicopter flight instructors.

The new helicopter FIRC focuses on helicopters, but also shares many features with the current, highly-successful King Schools online FIRC that has already been used by thousands of CFIs to renew their certificates since its first release in May of 2012. Shared features include iPad support and the popular King QuikRenew™ service which provides an entirely online, paperwork-free renewal process with nothing to be notarized or mailed in. The helicopter FIRC also shares the King FIRC philosophy of providing renewing flight instructors fresh insights into ways they can help their customers to become good risk managers and long-term members of the pilot community, rather than simply re-hashing the topics CFIs learned as a Private Pilot.

“Martha and I love flying and teaching in helicopters,” said John King. “However, like many helicopter CFIs, we’ve been disappointed by the lack of helicopter-specific teaching material.” Added Martha, “Finally, helicopter CFIs will have an online FIRC option that will be both relevant and insightful.” In addition, Helicopter Association International (HAI) has partnered with King to provide thought-provoking scenario-based videos to vividly illustrate key points on helicopter risk management. “We are thrilled about HAI’s contribution to this course. I think helicopter instructors will just love it,” commented Martha. “John and I are very aware of the fabulous job HAI does of representing the helicopter community.”

“It has always been a desire of HAI to provide a high quality; user friendly online helicopter oriented Flight Instructor Refresher Course to our members. I could not think of a better partner than King Schools to make that happen. This allows us to promote our key priorities at the basic training level, such as safety, professionalism and community awareness,” commented Matt Zuccaro, President of HAI.

The King Schools FIRC program has been designed to run on the iPad, iPhone and on all Windows and Mac Web browsers. It will be released by September 15th and sell for $99 without CFI renewal processing or $124.95 with processing included. HAI members should visit the HAI website for a special offer.

For more information or to order the course, go to or call toll-free 1-800-854-1001 (worldwide +1-858-541-2200).

For more information about Helicopter Association International, or the special member offer on the helicopter FIRC, go to or call worldwide +1-703-683-4646

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