Sporty's Instrument Rating Course (Online and App) 2018 Edition

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2018 COURSE NOW AVAILABLE

Our Biggest Update Yet!

Adding an instrument rating or getting current has never been easier, thanks to Sporty’s 2018 Instrument Rating Course. It's everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your instrument rating, with ground school, test prep, and real-world training - all in one easy-to-use package.

What's New:

  • Three formats for the same price: get the online course, iPad/iPhone app, and Apple TV app at no additiona...
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2018 COURSE NOW AVAILABLE

Our Biggest Update Yet!

Adding an instrument rating or getting current has never been easier, thanks to Sporty’s 2018 Instrument Rating Course. It's everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your instrument rating, with ground school, test prep, and real-world training - all in one easy-to-use package.

What's New:

  • Three formats for the same price: get the online course, iPad/iPhone app, and Apple TV app at no additional cost
  • Automatic progress sync: seamlessly switch between devices
  • All-new iOS app: every course feature works on iPad and iPhone, even download videos for offline viewing
  • Flight instructor tracking: invite your CFI to monitor your progress
  • Review notes with each video: quickly review segments with text and video
  • Enhanced review quizzes: quick checks regularly test your knowledge

 

8 reasons pilots prefer Sporty's courses:

1. SAVE TIME AND MONEY

For the cost of a single flight lesson, our course will save you hours of time in the air and hundreds of dollars. The step-by-step video lessons are better than ground school, helping you prepare for your next flight lesson ahead of time so you spend less time reviewing and more time learning.

Completion certificate2. Get your written test endorsement

Ace the written with our interactive test preparation program. You can create customized study sessions from the actual FAA test questions and see the right and wrong answers, plus plain English explanations written by our team of CFIs. Then, take a practice test that simulates the real knowledge exam you'll have to pass. We’ll even give you the flight instructor endorsement to take the written test—right from the course! You can take this endorsement to the FAA testing center, and log it in your ForeFlight logbook.

3. PASS ALL YOUR TESTS—GUARANTEED!

Our course is so complete we guarantee you’ll pass all three tests: the written, oral and flight. Incredible 3D animations and dynamic in-flight video make complicated subjects like aerodynamics and weather easy to understand, so you’ll impress the examiner. Plus, our Airman Certification Standards Study Guide cross-references every required task to the videos, making it easy to review for the checkride.

4. BE READY FOR REAL-WORLD FLYING

Becoming an instrument pilot means a lot more than just passing a test. That’s why Sporty’s course goes beyond the textbook to teach you real world flying, making you a safer, more confident pilot. Special Air Facts segments with renowned aviation author Richard Collins are packed with no-nonsense tips you can use after the checkride.

5. INCLUDES THE NEW AIRMAN CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

Sporty's courses are famous for being the most up-to-date and complete training products available. That focus continues with the FAA's introduction of new Airman Certification Standards (ACS). Our Learn to Fly Course includes the full text of this document - your guide to the checkride - and cross-references each task to the video segments. Our course also emphasizes deep understanding instead of just memorizing questions, something the FAA now discourages.

6. THREE CONVENIENT FORMATS AVAILABLE

Study anywhere, anytime – one purchase includes access to our online learning platform, our iPhone/iPad app, and our Apple TV app. Your time is valuable, so we offer our complete course in a variety of formats to suit different needs. Choose the one that is best for you, and switch back and forth at any time with automatic progress sync. Our course works on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, tablets, smartphones and even Apple TV.

Three formats available

7. ASK A CFI

If you're stumped by a difficult subject, talk to the experienced flight instructors at Sporty's. Just click the Ask a CFI button to send a message.

8. FOREFLIGHT LOGBOOK INTEGRATION

When you've completed the course and received your written test endorsement, you can log it in your ForeFlight digital logbook - complete with instructor signature!

 
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:

  • Triple Guarantee means you’ll pass all three tests to earn your license or we’ll refund your money in full.
  • Award-winning video shot in and around airplanes – not a classroom.
  • Download videos in the iOS app for offline viewing.
  • Incredible 3D animations explain complicated subjects.
  • Air Facts segments with legendary author Richard L. Collins.
  • Written Test Endorsement available right from the course.
  • Airman Certification Standards cross-referenced to the video.
  • Training Course Outline offers a complete, lesson-by-lesson syllabus.
  • Maneuvers guide shows everything you'll have to do on the checkride.
  • Earn FAA WINGS credit and save on your insurance.
  • Automatic updates mean you learn the latest information.

 

Try the course for free!

 

Already own the course? Sign in here:

  • Access the online course here, and sign in with your sportys.com account.
  • Download the free Sporty's Pilot Training app in the App Store, then sign in with your sportys.com account.
 

The instrument training experts

At Sporty’s, we pioneered weekend instrument ground schools over 50 years ago, traveling the country to teach pilots the keys to IFR flying in just 3 days. Today, we operate an active flight school at our home airport (I69) with over 100 flight students. This everyday practical experience with instrument students makes us uniquely qualified to offer the most complete, up-to-date training courses available. When you learn with Sporty’s, you’re learning from the best.

 

Train at Sporty's Academy

Ready to put that instrument knowledge to work? You can earn your instrument rating at the home of Sporty’s Pilot Shop in Cincinnati, Ohio. Train with the same instructional staff that brings you Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course on DVD or online. Based at Clermont County Airport (I69), Sporty’s Flight Training Center offers accelerated instrument training in an impeccable fleet of well-equipped aircraft. SportysAcademy.com or email Fly@SportysAcademy.com

 

What you'll learn

Volume 1 - Instrument Flying Fundamentals

  • The IFR Flight
  • The Instrument Rating Standards
  • The Instrument Scan, Primary & Supporting Instruments
  • Straight & Level, Climbs & Descents
  • Closer Look: Ground Training Devices
  • Turbulence
  • Air Facts—Staying Cool Under Fire
  • Turns and Steep Turns
  • Air Facts—Being Actively Passive
  • Partial Panel
  • Air Facts—The Good Old Days
  • Vacuum & Pressure Systems
  • Course Preview

Volume 2 - Air Traffic Control & IFR

  • Separation & Other Standards
  • The Basic Structure
  • Air Facts—Talking To Controllers
  • IFR En Route
  • Terminal Area Operations
  • Closer Look—Air Traffic Control Radar
  • IFR Communications
  • Air Facts—ATC Technology
  • Learning The System
  • Air Facts—Flight Plans, Fact & Fiction
  • The Pilot’s Role In The System
  • Closer Look—Transponders

Volume 3 - Instrument Approaches

  • The Goal
  • Approach Chart Details
  • Flying The Localizer
  • Flying The Glide Slope
  • Air Facts—The Simple Facts
  • Unusual Approaches
  • Air Facts—Vectors
  • Flying VOR Approaches
  • Closer Look—Procedure Turns
  • ADF Tracking & Intercepts
  • Air Facts—It’s Over Yonder
  • NDB Approaches
  • Holding
  • Circling Approaches
  • Visual Descent Points And DME
  • Air Facts—So Many Numbers, So Little Time
  • Flying DME Arcs
  • Global Navigation Satellite System
  • GPS Approaches

Volume 4 - En Route IFR

  • Flight Planning & Chart Reading
  • Closer Look—FAA vs. Jeppesen
  • Checking Weather
  • Air Facts: A PC 4 IFR? OK
  • Building Margins
  • Air Facts—Conquering Cockpit Clutter
  • En Route Planning
  • Closer Look—Approach Lighting Systems
  • Planning For The Approach
  • Air Facts—Check It Out
  • Closer Look—Designer Approaches
  • Going To An Alternate
  • Air Facts—What Is The Alternative?

Volume 5 - Weather For IFR

  • Getting Weather Oriented
  • Ice
  • Air Facts--Ice as a Practical Matter
  • Closer Look—De-Icing Systems
  • Thunderstorms
  • Closer Look—Thunderstorm Research
  • Cockpit Weather Information
  • Cockpit Weather Information
  • Below Minimum Weather
  • Air Facts—Reading The Weather Signs
  • Turbulence
  • Middle Altitude Weather
  • Air Facts—Nighttime Weather

Volume 6 - Advanced IFR

  • Trainer To High Performance
  • Flight Director And HSI
  • Closer Look—IFR Resources
  • IFR Use Of The Autopilot
  • Air Facts—Night IFR
  • Engine Instrumentation
  • Air Facts—Keeping It Running
  • Principles Of Turbocharging
  • Oxygen Use
  • Pressurization
  • Closer Look—Flight Level Rules & Regulations
  • Global Navigation Satellite System
  • GPS Approaches
  • Air Facts—Is There An All-Weather Airplane?

Volume 7 - FARs and Your Instrument Test

  • IFR Weather
  • Closer Look—Computer Testing
  • IFR Weather Data
  • Practical & Oral Test
  • Closer Look—Test Taking Tips
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Communications Loss Procedures
  • Air Facts—Communications Loss
  • Aircraft Instruments
  • Closer Look—Instrument Failure
  • Clearances And Flight Plans
  • Air Facts—Glass Checkride
  • ATC Expectations

Course Update History

What's New in Version 2.2 - February 15, 2018

The first volume of the Instrument Rating Course, Instrument Flying Fundamentals, was updated with all new HD video content. New segments were also added on using flight simulator during your training, dealing with turbulence and increased workload in the clouds, incorporating an EFB (iPad) into your instrument flying and tips for flying with a glass cockpit instrument panel.

The Instrument Rating Course iOS app for iPhone/iPad was also updated to prevent downloaded video files from being included in daily iCloud backups.

What's New in Version 2.1 - December 28, 2017

The Instrument Flight Maneuvers Guide added 25 new narrated HD animations showing how to fly each type of instrument approach, holding patterns and more.

What's New in Version 2.0.1 - November 13, 2017

The Instrument Rating Course iOS app for iPhone/iPad adds support for iPhone X. The video player in the app was updated to include a faster and improved video player with new features: rewind/fast-forward 15 seconds, AirPlay directly to AppleTV, video subtitles.

What's New in Version 2.0 - October 19, 2017

The 2018 Instrument Rating Course now includes all 3 platforms for the same price: online, iPhone/iPad app and AppleTV app. This update also adds a new tracking system to keep your video and test score progress in sync between all 3 platforms.

New features:

- All-new iOS app available in the app store, called Sporty's Pilot Training
- New AppleTV app to watch video segments on the big screen at home
- Flight instructor tracking: invite your CFI to monitor your progress
- Review notes with each video allow you to quickly review segments with text and video
- Enhanced review quizzes allow you to jump to the section of the video for a thorough explanation

What's New in Version 1.9.1- August 1, 2017

- the test prep feature in the course was updated to incorporate the new FAA Test Prep Figures Supplement, FAA-CT-8030-3F

- includes 250 new instrument test prep questions referencing the new high-resolution color figures and legends

What's New in Version 1.9 - October 13, 2016

- new feature: try out the written test prep component in the free version of the app - iOS 10 compatibility updates

What's New in Version 1.8 - June 15, 2016

- includes the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for the instrument rating, including the ability to review video segments directly from each task in the ACS
- added the latest FAA test questions to the written test prep component of the course

What's New in Version 1.7.6 - January 6, 2016

Now includes iOS 9 Picture-in-Picture video playback, allowing you to continue to watch videos segments while interacting with other features in the app.

What's New in Version 1.7.3 - September 3, 2015

• Upgraded for compatibility with iOS 9


What's New in Version 1.7.2 - March 25, 2015


• We've enhanced the Knowledge Test Endorsement request feature -- you'll now receive your endorsement certificate immediately after completing the course.
• Includes the option to request FAA Wings credit immediately after course completion

What's New in Version 1.7 - September 26, 2014

• Upgraded for compatibility with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 Plus
• Performance improvements and bug fixes

What's New in Version 1.6 - May 6, 2014

  • New Achievements feature allows you to earn flight training achievements as you progress throughout the course. After completing video segments, test prep sessions, flight maneuvers and more, you'll be presented with the option to share these accomplishments with your flight instructor, family or friends with convenient Twitter, Facebook, mail and messaging options.
  • New Progress section displays a snapshot of your video training progress and an overview of your test prep scores.

What's New in Version 1.5 - February 17, 2014

  • Includes a new figure viewer display that allows you to view all FAA figures and legends when answering a question, not just the one required for the question you're currently viewing
  • You'll now see the question text in the same window as the figure viewer to make it easier to answer questions requiring a figure 
  • Interface improvements for iOS 7

What's New in Version 1.4 - December 13, 2013

  • Added review quizzes after the video segments containing FAA test question covering content from that segment

What's New in Version 1.3 - November 20, 2013

  • New written test progress reports store a detailed history of all test prep sessions for later review
  • Added ability to pause a written test prep session and resume it later
  • Video training includes a resume feature, allowing you to watch part of a video segment and return later to resume viewing at the spot you left off
  • Added all test prep figures to main menu, allowing review when outside of a session
  • New iCloud features: all test prep progress reports and video progress is stored in iCloud and always kept in sync among all your devices

What's New in Version 1.0 - January 11, 2013

  • Initial launch of Sporty's award-winning Instrument Rating Course in a new dedicated mobile app format for iPhone and iPad:
  • Includes over 13 hours of high-quality streaming video and animations with training for all 3 tests required for the Instrument Rating--Written, Oral and Flight tests 
  • Offers the ability to save video segments for offline viewing when internet is not available
  • Universal aviation app – purchase once and use it on all your devices

Accepted for FAA Wings Credit 

 

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Just What I was Looking For
Definitely recommend! The video portion was not as informative as I was hoping for, but it was good none the less. And where the video may have lacked, the practice quizzes and flash cards were indispensable. I will continue using this course a refresher over and over.
February 15, 2018
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Pretty good. Still haven’t figured out how to download sections do I can study while on travel. Otherwise, at 40% complete it seems to be a good course.
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Great product
Highly recommend. Very convenient and timely. Bite-sized sections.
February 12, 2018
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I haven’t had a chance to review all of the material. All of Sporty’s products are exceptional.
February 10, 2018
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As a Private Pilot who hasn't flown in 12 years, I found this to be a very convenient, informative, easy-to-use and effective tool for refreshing my knowledge and getting prepared to get current with an instructor. The videos are a great way to re-learn the information as well as prepare myself for my time in the aircraft with an instructor.
The testing software is a great way to practice your knowledge and the FAA Wings credit is a nice touch (as is the FAA Written Test Endorsement for new pilots).
February 7, 2018
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IFR Ground Course
I have been flying for over 25 years. I have my private, commercial, instrument, multi, and CFI. I am adding my CFII. I decided to use Sporty's instrument ground course after one of my private pilot students loved the private pilot ground course. I have been very happy with the quality and information provided so far. I am about 90% through the videos as of the writing of this review. It took one phone call for me to understand how to get the videos downloaded, but I have used that down load feature a lot as I travel.
January 23, 2018
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Highly Recommended
This was a very effective course for me (using the app version). Had no trouble passing the FAA written once going through the course and receiving the auto sign-off after passing two practice tests. I still have a lot to learn before taking my instrument check ride, but that's in the nature of the beast (lots to learn, remember, and integrate into practical application).
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Great to use as a study guide
Good overall organization. Plenty of good real-world videos of actual IMC and approaches. Pretty decent references cited throughout the videos. I used it as a study guide to help break up the monotony of slogging through the FAA manuals.
The short quizzes at the end of each short video clip are helpful for review. Be sure to utilize the test prep and flight resources tabs in addition to the video training. The music at the beginning of the video clips is super cheesy, but that's easy enough to skip. Good overall value, especially considering that in the old days you'd be paying $50/hr for someone to explain it to you in person.
December 19, 2017
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Where is the android app
NO ANDROID APP... that should have been better explained
December 7, 2017
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Great training course
IFR TRAINING COURSE IS EXCELLENT. Really enjoying it.
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how long is online access?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is no expiration date - you get free updates delivered automatically.
I want to have the availability to use this while I travel commercially, where I don't always have an internet connection. If I get the Ipad/Iphone app choice, can I access it also on my Mac Computer offline if I download it?
craig w on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You don't even have to go go the Mac if you don't want to. On the Ipad version it gives you the option of streaming the video, or downloading it. If you're going on a trip, just download 5 or 10 episodes or however many you think you can watch in the time span you'll be gone. It just takes up your data on the iPad, so when you're done or return home, delete them off of your device.
Can this be chromcasted?
A shopper on Jan 30, 2017
Can I play the videos on Android smartphones?
Jean A on Nov 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Does this mean no APP for Android to use while no internet connection available ?
I'm looking at buying an iPad- but I'm not sure how much memory space I need for Sporty's and other aviation apps, etc. can you give me an idea what kind of space Sporty's requires?
Thank you
Daniel S on Sep 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agree with the other answer. On my iPhone, which is the same as the iPad, under settings it tells me the Instrument course only takes up 73.3MB. You stream the videos. There is an option to download videos, if you are going out of wifi or for whatever reason want to have access to the video where you cannot otherwise stream it. But if you don't download the videos and store them on your local memory (iPad or iPhone) then the program itself only takes approx. 75MB...not much.
If I purchase the course through the app with iTunes do I still get access to the content on my computer?
RyanS on Dec 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will still have access to the app and the online course - just be sure to create a Sporty's account in the app to enable progress sync.
Does this course include access to the G1000 simulator software?
Martin S on Oct 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, that is included with our Garmin G1000 course.
Should I purchase the course, can I access/download any module on different devices, sometimes i will use my ipad, other times maybe my iphone?. Thanks
Roberto R on Sep 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will have access to download the modules on different devices. Any device that is signed into the same account can download videos.
The answers to the tech questions are ambiguous. What are the differences between the app and online lessions? In example which can be downloaded to be used offline on which devise? Why is there an online version if the app can be viewed online or offline?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The online version is only views online, a streaming connection. The App (iPad/iPhone) version allows the lessons to be download and viewed without an internet connection. You get access to both.
Is the certificate internationally recognised? If you do the sign off is there no practical ?
Michael P on May 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The endorsement to for taking the Instrument written test only.
Is there a time limit on the program?
Craig H on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is no time limit on using the program.
Does Sporty's offer a combo or upgrade price for people who bought the Sporty's Learn to Fly test prep?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not offer a combo price or an upgrade price.
How long does it take to complete the course?
Randy W on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The course has 23 hours of video.
How much space do the videos take?
Andrew C on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 129Mb. This is without downloading the videos.
Do you get an endorsement, after completing the course satisfactorily, to take the knowledge test? Or must you still have a cfi signoff?
Ed W on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We will provide the signoff - no CFI required.
Has this been updated to the new test starting this spring?
Gary L on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we added a number of new questions in the last 60 days.
how do I log on?
A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Download the app from the App Store (on your iPhone or iPad), then Log in using the account you checked out with on sportys.com
i purchased the Online IRF course, Can I get it on my iPad, or only my laptop?
steve k on Oct 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: One purchase unlocks the online course and the iPad/iPhone app. Just sign into both formats with your Sporty's login.
iOS 10 compatability; iOS 10.0.2 just came out. Has there been any problems downloading the app from the app store? I'm about to buy the instrument rating course but somehow I can't download the app.
Ri N on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You are fine
Does the app support downloading content for offline viewing?
Sam T on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does.
Is there any difference between the Online and App course - in terms of content or format?
justin j on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, same exact content. Just depends which format is more convenient for you.
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