Dont know about a fsdo, but american flyers offers a cfi renewal for cheap. One price and u renew every two years for life. Simple internet based questions. Ive renewed four times and its dumb easy.
Does anyone know of a San Francisco Bay Area FSDO that will renew a Flight Instructor Certificate for a 121 CA (non check airman)?
I'd like to avoid taking a renewal program if possible. Thanks.
Let them know you are a FAR 121 Captain and make an appointement to meet the person in charge and they will renew your instructor certificate when you show your airline ID and you can show proof that you are flying as PIC.
Also note the FAA can do this at any time. Any time I had an FAA random line check I'd ask afterwards if they minded filling out an 8710. 2 out of 3 did it.
For Lebowski...........I think the distinction between CA or FO is that the CA is in a supervisory position, meaning he/she can teach, advise, give tecniques, and generally act as a Flight Instructor while acting as PIC and therefore be considered a Flight Instructor while performing FAR 121 duties as CA.
The downside is if you're downgraded and do not get to be PIC, you're no longer in the supervisory position, so, you're no longer considered as a Flight Instructor or supervisor, so you have to go through the CFI refresher course if not PIC.
I think that process sucks, but that is FAR's for you.
Hope it helps........Capt.