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CFI Renewal

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I received my CFI back  in the late 1970s; they lapsed years ago. I gather from the FARs that all I have to do to renew is attend a renewal course and demonstrate proficiency. It sounds too easy. What am I missing?

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Feb 11, 2012

    See 61.199.  You cannot renew an expired flight instructor certificate.  You reinstate an expired flight instructor certificate by completeing a practical test for one of the ratings you hold or for a new rating.
    You do not need to attend the renewal course, however if you haven’t been involved in flying since the late 1970s, it might be beneficial to go to the course to get up to speed on changes since then.

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  2. Ryan Miller on Feb 17, 2012

    This very thing happened to me. I had about a 10 year layoff from aviation and let all my certificates expire. If you only held the CFI rating, I would suggest becoming instument proficient again and taking a CFII checkride. Upon successfully passing that checkride, your CFI will be reinstated as well.
    Good luck and take my advice… NEVER let them expire again!!

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