Learn To Fly Course (iPad/iPhone App) - Private Pilot Test Prep

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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 F...

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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.

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 certificateGet 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!

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 Practical Test Standards Study Guide cross-references every required task to the videos, making it easy to review for the checkride.

Be ready for real world flying

Learning to fly 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.

Covers Private, Recreational and Sport

Our Learn to Fly Course is really three courses in one – you choose the license that makes sense for you. Get started with your training and progress toward your first solo, the critical first step for everyone. Then choose the Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot track – it’s all here! Plus, experience has shown that students learn most effectively when the training process is divided into manageable steps. So each module builds on the previous one, creating a building-block approach that saves you time and money.

Modular training

3 convenient formats available

Study anywhere, anytime – choose from DVD, online or on iPad. 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. Every feature of our complete course is available in each of the three formats, so you can study on your TV, Mac, PC, iPad or iPhone. No complicated software to install – it just works!

Three formats

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.
  • Incredible 3D animations explain complicated subjects.
  • Air Facts segments with legendary author Richard L. Collins.
  • Written Test Endorsement available right from the course.
  • The new Airman Certification Standards, cross-referenced to video segments.
  • Training Course Outline offers a complete, lesson-by-lesson syllabus.
  • Modular approach includes Sport, Recreational and Private materials.
  • Earn FAA WINGS credit and save on your insurance.
  • Always up to date video means you learn the latest information.

App Features:

  • Custom-designed for the iPad and iPhone
  • Universal aviation app--purchase once and use on both devices
  • Includes everything in the DVD and online courses
  • Save video segments for offline viewing

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Fly at Sporty’s Academy

Stop dreaming and start flying at Sporty’s world headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The same experienced, professional instructors that bring you Sporty’s award-winning pilot training courses on DVD or online are available to fly with you at the renowned Sporty’s Academy Flight Training Center – Clermont County Airport (I69). Whether you want to enroll in a training course to earn a pilot certificate or simply take a flight, Sporty’s Academy is here to serve your aviation needs in a fleet of impeccably maintained aircraft. SportysAcademy.com or email Fly@SportysAcademy.com.


  • Requires a minimum of iOS 8 or newer, works on:
    • iPhone: 4 or newer
    • iPod Touch: 5th generation or newer
    • iPad: iPad Mini, iPad 2 or newer
  • Approved for FAA WingsCredit

Already purchased the app subscription? Here's how to sign in:

  1. Download the Learn to Fly app in the iTunes App Store
  2. Open the app and tap "Buy Now"
  3. Sign in with the username and password you created when you purchased the subscription from Sporty’s

Free trial available in the App Store – download it here

Course Content

Volume 1 - Your First Few Hours

  • Intro / The Flight
  • When Should You Fly
  • Air Facts -- Weather Junkies
  • Introduction to the Airplane
  • Closer Look -- Training Airplanes
  • Introduction to the Cockpit
  • Closer Look -- Cockpit Variations
  • Introduction to Airplane Engines
  • Air Facts -- Engine TLC
  • Fuel, Propeller, and Electrical System
  • Closer Look -- Engine Variations
  • Air Facts -- Purposeful Preflight
  • Preflight
  • Engine Start
  • Communications
  • Air Facts -- Getting the Message
  • Taxi, Run-up, Traffic Pattern
  • Closer Look -- Wind Direction Indicators
  • Takeoff
  • Closer Look -- Tower Controlled Airports
  • Air Facts -- Takeoff Tips
  • Four Fundamentals
  • Air Facts -- Pitching and Turning
  • Four Fundamentals (part 2)
  • Air Facts -- The Proper Attitude
  • Conclusion

Volume 2 - Practicing Landings

  • Ground Reference Maneuvers
  • Closer Look -- Taxi Tips
  • Engines
  • Air Facts -- Engine Suspicion
  • Aerodynamics
  • Closer Look -- Angle Of Attack
  • Slow Flight
  • Closer Look -- Change Of Scenery
  • Stalls
  • Air Facts -- Stall Rhetoric
  • Normal Landings
  • Air Facts -- Down to Earth
  • Takeoff & Landing Variations

Volume 3 - Your First Solo

  • Pre-Solo Maneuvers
  • Closer Look -- Flight Training Across the Pond
  • Steep Turns
  • Closer Look -- Touch and Go
  • Emergencies
  • Air Facts -- Emergencies
  • Fog & Atmospheric Pressure
  • Thunderstorms and Flight Service Stations
  • Closer Look -- Telephone Weather Briefings
  • Air Facts -- Weatherwise
  • The Pitot Static System
  • Closer Look - The Pilot's Operating Handbook
  • Runway Safety
  • Drag
  • Closer Look -- Reducing Drag
  • Thrust, Stability, & Center of Gravity
  • Closer Look -- Phonetic Alphabet
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Air Facts -- Eye to the Sky
  • Student Pilot & Medical Certificate
  • Air Facts -- Fit for Flight
  • Solo

Volume 4 - Recreational and Sport

  • Predicting Performance
  • Closer Look -- Runway Markings
  • Maximum Performance Takeoffs & Landings
  • Visual Approach Slope Indicators
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Weather Theory
  • Weather Data
  • Airspace
  • Rules for Recreational Pilots
  • Publications and Charts
  • Rules To Fly By
  • More Weather Theory
  • Air Facts
  • More Weather Data
  • Weight and Balance
  • Written and Oral Test
  • Flight Test

Volume 5 - Your Dual Cross Countries

  • Night Flying
  • Air Facts -- The Night Shift
  • Publications and Charts
  • Air Facts -- Where Is It Really
  • Flight Planning and Computations
  • Air Facts -- Leave Yourself an Out
  • VOR Navigation
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • ADF Navigation
  • Closer Look -- Line Crews
  • Weather Theory
  • Closer Look -- Weather Information
  • Weather Data
  • Closer Look -- Beehive Airports
  • The Dual Cross Country Flight
  • Closer Look -- Sporty's E6B
  • Airspace
  • Air Facts -- Finding the Logic
  • Wrap Up - Going Places

Volume 6 - Your Solo Cross Countries

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Air Facts -- Getting to Know You
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Closer Look -- Controller Profile
  • Performance Charts
  • Air Facts -- When Enough's Not Enough
  • Maximum Performance Takeoffs and Landings
  • Closer Look -- Aviation Adages
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • More Weather Theory
  • Air Facts -- Laying a Foundation
  • More Weather Data
  • Closer Look -- Practical Test Standards
  • Basic Instrument Flying
  • Air Facts -- Calm in the Clouds
  • Flying Out of Trouble
  • Air Facts -- Life's a Glitch, Then You Fly
  • Lost and Found

Volume 7 - Private Pilot Test

  • Rules to Fly By
  • Air Facts -- Logbook Memories
  • Closer Look -- Flying Maladies
  • Flight Plans
  • Closer Look -- Runway Markings
  • Weight and Balance
  • Air Facts -- A Balanced Approach
  • Private Pilot Test: The Computer Test and Oral Exam
  • Closer Look -- The AOPA
  • The Flight Test
  • Air Facts -- Flying Colors
  • High Performance
  • Cessna Skylane
  • Closer Look -- Remote Communications
  • Expanding Horizons

App Update History

What's New in Version 1.10 - June 15, 2016

- includes the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for the private pilot, 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

Added new HD video segments covering the following topics:

• New student pilot certificate
• Airman Certification Standards (ACS)

What's New in Version 1.9.7 - March 1, 2016

Added new HD video segments covering the following topics:

• Go/No-Go decision
• Training airplanes
• Introduction to the Cockpit
• How airplane engines work
• Prop, fuel and electrical systems
• Preflight
• Starting the engine
• Radio communications
• Taxiing the airplane
• Traffic pattern operations

What's New in Version 1.9.6 - 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.

Adds new HD video segments on the following topics:

• Ground Reference Maneuvers (S-turns across a road and turns around a point)
• Steep Turns
• Touch and Go Landings
• Emergency Procedures
• Weather Theory (Fog, Atmospheric Pressure and Thunderstorms
• Weather Forecasts & Reports (METARs, TAFs, Radar imagery)
• Pitot/Static System
• Runway Safety
• Aerodynamics
• Aeromedical Factors
• Medical Certificates

What's New in Version 1.9.5 - October 23, 2015

  • Upgraded for compatibility with iOS 9

What's New in Version 1.9.2 - September 3, 2015
Adds all new HD video segments on the following topics:
  • Ground Reference Maneuvers
  • Taxi Tips
  • Airplane Engines
  • Aerodynamics
  • Closer Look at Angle of Attack
  • Slow Flight (flight maneuver)
  • Power-on and Power-off Stalls
  • Upgraded for compatibility with iOS 9

What's New in Version 1.9.1 - March 16, 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
  • The Knowledge Test Bank was also update with the 02/2015 update published by the FAA.
What's New in Version 1.9 - December 1, 2014
  • New section added to the free version of the app with helpful information on how to start your flight training, including info on obtaining your medical certificate, choosing a flight school and instructor, an overview of the flight training process, and much more.
  • 4 new videos def to the free version of the app covering the following topics: Why learn to fly, How do you learn to fly, Your first flight and Choosing a flight school
  • Includes new Flight School Directory
What's New in Version 1.8 - October 24, 2014
  • All new HD video sections covering night flying, aviation charts, flight planning, weather theory, airspace and cross-country flying
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 - April 18, 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 the new FAA Test Prep supplement (figures and legends) containing full-color high-resolution images
  • You'll now see the question text right alongside 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 1, 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 1.2 - January 10, 2013

  • Support for iPhone 5 and iOS 6
  • Added new feature in Test Prep mode to create a new session from missed questions in a previous session
  • Bug fix: saved videos will no longer auto-delete when iPad storage space is low

What's New in Version 1.1 - June 15, 2012

  • Updated graphics for iPad retina display
  • Added ability to login with your Sporty's Learn to Fly app account
  • Added iCloud syncing, allowing you to keep your video and test progress in sync among multiple devices

What's New in Version 1.0 - March 12, 2012

  • Initial launch of Sporty's award-winning Learn to Fly Course in a new dedicated mobile app format for iPhone and iPad:
  • Includes over 18 hours of high-quality streaming video and animations with training for all 3 pilot certificates: Private, Recreational and Sport. You choose the track that's right for you.
  • 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

Eric Radtke

President—Sporty’s Academy

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Ask our experts: LearnToFly@sportys.com


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Mark | KENT, Washington, US | 9/19/2016
Thank you Sportys!!!


This app helped me pass my written with a 93 as well as pass yesterdays oral and checkride! I officially have my license to learn and will be ordering Sportys Instrument course soon to take my flying knowledge to the next level!!
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Kris Swanson | 7/27/2016
Not sure if it is worth the cost.


I am not new to flying, and have worked on a medical helicopter for many years. I am new when it comes to being a pilot in control of the aircraft. Based on what I already know and what I am getting out of the Sporty's videos, I am not sure if it is worth the cost of $199.00 for it. I will however be happy to give my final review on completion of the course.
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Stephen | ELKHART, Indiana, US | 4/20/2015

This is a great product. The video content was excellent. It was presented in an easy to understand fashion. The FAA Written Knowledge Practice Test questions were invaluable! After completing the requirements in Sporty's Learn To Fly Course, Sporty's sent me my logbook endorsement to take the FAA Written Knowledge Test within a few hours. Thanks to this course I easily passed my FAA Written Knowledge Test on the first try! I highly recommend this course, as the price is very reasonable when compared to going to hours and hours of ground school.
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Bryan Lynch | EAGLE, Colorado, US | 9/30/2014
Great product. Videos where great help.
If get the IPod Version makes difficult to use sectionals for directional a unless you print it off.

Would recommend to anyone that is more visual learned vs reading.
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Guest | SHIPPENSBURG, Pennsylvania, US | 8/22/2014
This product was very easy to use. The videos made it seem like I was in a classroom environment and the material was presented in a manner that I could understand it. The Test Prep Section also help me prepare for my written.
The graphics such as sections were difficult to use in the test prep section. It got to a point that I didn't use them. I would recommend getting you hands on a written test graphics to use along with this product.

Overall, I was very satisfied with this product. I scored a 90 on my written test prep and I passed my check ride. This product a had me well prepare along with my instructor. I am going to check out the instrument training course too.
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swakid8 | CARBONDALE, Illinois, US | Private | 7/28/2014
Great videos. Love the 'study buddy'. Many ways to learn.
Laid out to be used in conjunction with flight lessons. If you are not using an instructor that uses this particular product, then the layout and structure is a bit confusing.

I wanted a product that would get me past the written test. A home study product and then go and start actual flight lessons. I'm not completely satisfied. I am NOT saying this is not a great product. The videos are professional and very informative. I love the 'Air Facts' video that help me understand not only what I'm learning but how it applies (will apply) to my real life flying. I also love the 'study buddy' and the multiple ways to use it to prepare for the written. I am saying that I have had to find other resources (like the FAA pilots handbook and the 2014 AIM) to really feel confidant I am ready for the written FAA exam. Yes I would recommend this product, but be ready to find other resources to really feel comfortable for the written.
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Guest | 3/23/2014
This product is easy to use. I felt like I was in a classroom watching training videos.

I will say that the video quality (although still very good) is less, making the download times faster than on the online version of this course where you had to stream it. It worked so much better for me since I have slower internet.
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Vince Benitez | 7/16/2013
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Georges | 6/29/2013
Good presentation, lots of information. Recommend if you have spare $199 to watch well presented videos to complement the FAA study books.
Trying to take the test is impossible without having the printed charts to plot course, measure course angles. Unfortunately....charts are not mailed when the product is ordered.

Good videos to watch if you already have a printed version of the workbook as sold by Gleim, ASA and others. I think a little overpriced when others are available for $99.00
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Mfernando | 5/3/2013

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For the learn to fly app. What is the desired gb one should have when purchasing iPad and should it have 3G capability?
Ed R on Jul 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: App takes minimal space when watching the videos online. However if you choose to download and watch the videos offline, space needs increase greatly, but even the smallest ipads should be fine. 3G is only needed for mobile viewing, but you'll likely eat up a lot of data watching all the videos that way
Can you buy a fly course that combines ipad and dvd instruction or do you buy them for $199 each ?
Greg H on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, but we do offer 50% off the second format if you buy two (DVD and iPad).
Is this app available offline ?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, once app is installed, you can choose to download the training videos and watch them offline then.
If I purchase this, can I put it on both my iPad and iPhone?
Alex K on Sep 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, one purchase unlocks both.
can i download this onto my laptop and also my PC?
Randy K on Aug 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This only works for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone).
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