Welcome from Harry Stenvall, President
This is the official Website of the Greater Houston
Association of Flight Instructors. On this site we will
post news and commentary on the Association and its
activities, the Flight Instructor Renewal Clinic (FIRC)
programs and venues, and downloadable copies of some
of the FIRC presentations for educational use. This
site is updated monthly. Suggestions and site links
to other similar sites are welcome. Questions and comments
may be directed to me via e-mail.
History & Purpose
The Greater Houston Association of Flight Instructors
grew out of the efforts of a small group of Designated
Examiners, who in 1981 initiated a series of Safety
Seminars aimed at flight instructor professional development.
As a result of this initiative the Association was formally
organized in 1982 for the purposes of professional,
educational, and aviation safety purposes, including:
- Promotion of aviation and aviation safety
- Instructor education and standardization
- Instructor status and welfare
- Communication with other aviation interests
Functions & Benefits
Today, the most visible effort of the Association
is the Flight Instructor Renewal Clinics (FIRCs). Operated
under a formal agreement with the FAA, the clinics were
started about fifteen years ago and are conducted once
every quarter. They are held at north, south, east,
and west locations around Houston, Texas and are open
to pilots and flight instructors.
Member flight instructors attending 24 hours of clinics
are eligible for certificate renewal based on attendance.
The clinics also provide an educational opportunity
for pilots of any certificate level, and a forum for
the discussion of local pilot operations and issues.