Learn To Fly Course (Online) - 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...

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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! You can take this endorsement to the FAA testing center, and log it in your ForeFlight logbook.

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 "Ask a CFI" feature

This new feature allows you to get in touch with the experienced CFIs at Sporty's Academy right from the course to ask questions about the course training materials, content in the FAA written test or other aviation topics related to your flight training.

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.
  • Log your endorsement (complete with instructor signature) in your ForeFlight logbook.
  • Airman Certification Standards cross-referenced to the video.
  • 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.
  • New "Ask a CFI" feature gives you access to Sporty's flight instructors
  • Always up to date video means you learn the latest information.

Online Course Features:

  • All-new design uses the latest HTML5 technology
  • Works anywhere you have a web browser
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac and iPad
  • No software to install – just sign in

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Free Online Demo - No Sign-Up Required


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

Course Update History

What's New in Version 3.6 - October 26, 2016

- added the latest FAA test questions to the written test prep component of the course
- incorporates the latest version of the Airman Knowledge Test Supplement for the FAA test prep questions

What's New in Version 3.5 - October 13, 2016

Added new HD video segments covering the following topics:

• ADS-B surveillance, traffic and in-flight weather
• Aircraft performance charts
• Maximum performance takeoffs and landings
• Advanced weather theory
• Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)

What's New in Version 3.4 - 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 3.3 - 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 3.1 - January 6, 2016

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 3.0 - November 1, 2015

Improved HD Video Playback—We've completely revamped the video playback in the course for a much better viewing experience. The course now detects your bandwidth and automatically play the highest quality video available (including full 1080p HD when available). The new video player also makes it much easier to fast forward within a video segment, and includes better progress tracking logic.

When watching on an iPad or iPhone in the Safari web browser, you can also take advantage of the iOS 9 picture-in-picture multitasking feature. This allows you to "pop" the video out of the web browser and continue to watch the video while using another app.

What's New in Version 2.9 - September 24, 2015

Ask a CFI—This new feature allows you to get in touch with the experienced CFIs at Sporty's Academy right from the course to ask questions about the course training materials, content in the FAA written test or other aviation topics related to your flight training.

What's New in Version 2.8 - September 3, 2015

Adds all new HD video segments on the following topics:

Ground reference maneuvers

Taxi Tips

Airplane Engines


Closer Look at Angle of Attack

Slow Flight (flight maneuver)

Power-on and Power-off Stalls

What's New in Version 2.7 - February 11, 2015

We've enhanced the Knowledge Test Endorsement request feature -- you'll now receive your endorsement certificate immediately after completing the course. And now your request FAA Wings credit will be processed immediately after course completion.

What's New in Version 2.6 - October 18, 2014

We added all new HD video sections to the course covering night flying, aviation charts, flight planning, weather theory, airspace and cross-country flying

What's New in Version 2.5 - June 1, 2014

This update adds a new course management feature, allowing you to view completion status and access all your Sporty's online courses from a single location

What's New in Version 2.4 - February 10, 2014

This update adds the new FAA test prep supplement required for Private, Recreational and Sport Pilot written testing. The figures and legends are now displayed as full-color, high-resolution images, making it easier to see and interpret the information required to answer the FAA questions in the test prep section of the course.

What’s New in Version 2.3 - October 4, 2013

This update adds a new feature to the video training section of the app. Now after viewing select video segments you’ll be presented with a short quiz containing FAA test questions covering content from that video segment.

What’s New in Version 2.2 - July 9, 2013

We’ve added a helpful new feature in the test prep section of the course that allows you to pause and save your progress during a knowledge test session, and return later to finish. You can also now review a detailed record of your past test prep sessions, and see your answer selections and explanations for each question.

What’s New in Version 2.1 - October 1, 2012

Added compatibility with Internet Explorer 10

What’s New in Version 2.0 - March 1, 2012

Sporty’s is proud to announce all new content and a brand new modern HTML5 interface for the Learn to Fly Course, and the upgrade is free for existing users:

  • New HTML5 design means the course is compatible with all popular web browsers and mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android.
  • The Learn to Fly Course now includes training for all 3 pilot certificates: Private, Recreational and Sport. You choose the track that’s right for you.
  • Improved video streaming for lighting-fast playback.
  • After successfully completing the course, you can now receive both FAA Wings credit and an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge test

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.

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  • Accepted for FAA Wings Credit

Bret Koebbe

Vice President, Video—Sporty’s Academy

The online Learn To Fly Private Pilot Course is the product I’m most proud of. All 3 formats are great but the online format is able to be updated by Sporty’s Academy in real time with new HD video and more in-depth aviation videos as soon as they’re available. It’s the way to go.

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Our expert pilots are available to answer your questions.

Ask our experts: LearnToFly@sportys.com


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4.55 of 5 stars (35 reviews)

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Great online course


This online course is the best I have seen. Other companies may off the same title course, however, the quality and comprehensiveness is no where near Sporty's.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
John | CENTREVILLE, Maryland, US | 11/5/2016
Good value


I used the Sporty's course as background for a 2 day ground school. I had no problem passing the written exam. For the price, this course provides all the necessary materials to learn the basic flight and weather information. The cross country and weight and balance were very weak and absent the 2 day local ground school would have been insufficient. Any student who studies and understands the test questions will do fine on the exam. Finally, this course does not provide necessary materials to be complete. The E6B (or computer) and the sectional plotters are required to complete the material and take the test. Sporty's requires that these are purchases separately.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Ernie James | 11/1/2016
Fly Course is easy to operate


i am finding the fly course very easy to operate, easy to understand and easy to follow. the videos are especially good; short and to the point, covering a limited number of topics so none of it is overwhelming. good job!!
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Ernest Camp | HOUSTON, Texas, US | 10/18/2016
Not impressed

Not Recommended

Quizes did not reflect what was being reviewed in the section.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Daniela | CARSON CITY, Nevada, US | 10/5/2016
Passed my PAR (Private Pilot Airplane) Exam today


I was somewhat apprehensive to rely solely on a "Home-Study" course, but I really didn't have time to go to "Ground School". And I'm more of a visual learner anyway. I didn't have time to go to formal training and flight training concurrently, so I decided to give this a try. I had completed the course prior to my first fight lesson and the instructor noticed I was picking up on cues without him having to go into detail explaining everything. His comment was we can move you along! I wanted to take the exam sooner rather than later, as I'm the type that doesn't want multiple test looming over me. My instructor thought I would be ready, but said that I most likely would get a higher score if I waited until we stated doing navigation, cross-country etc. as those things would make better sense when if I completed them in flight prior to taking the exam, but he signed off and said you'll do well either way. I was nervous (I'm not a good test taker) however after the first few questions, I started to "settle-in" and things began to click, with the exception of a few questions I hadn't seen or noticed in the videos or remembered reading in the books either.
Highly recommend and it will be a good tool to come back to now and again for a little refresher or pick-up on some key points I missed the first time around.
It is like drinking water through a fire-hydrant, I'm almost 60 and being a "student" has a nice ring to it......
Who says you cant teach an old dog new tricks!
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Ron | WICHITA, Kansas, US | 9/27/2016


the course was perfect for learning.
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Daniel | Accra, Other, GH | 9/26/2016


I researched and went back and forth as whether to purchase Sportys or King's learn to fly program - but ultimately opted for trying Sportys (was cheaper and seemed more current and modern). I'm so glad I chose Sportys. The videos are put together well, maintain interest and do a great job of illustrating the concepts being discussed. My only criticism is that while completing the review questions after watching a video segment, many times the question asks something that wasn't even mentioned in the video. Maybe this is by design, to force you to study the written material in addition to the videos, but, either way, it is such a minor issue that it would not effect my decision to recommend the program.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Mark | SEVILLE, Ohio, US | 9/1/2016
Great course, just needs some adjustments


I've heard a lot of great things about this online course, but as I was working through it, I was noticing that many of the quiz questions were not matching up with the videos previously watched. I was getting quizzes towards the beginning of the course that contained topics not even mentioned in previous videos. I have a friend taking the same course who also noticed the same thing. She contacted Sporty's, and they say they are working on it. I just hope they get it fixed soon.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Tanner | LONG BEACH, California, US | 8/31/2016
Extremely satisfied


I am extremely satisfied with the course so far and I am about half way through after 1 week. I love it because I can listen as I drive back and forth to work every day and when I take my lunch. The presentation and ease of use of the site is excellent. I like the short quizzes that comes after the videos and the extra study materials are helpful as well. It is a great value. I highly recommend this course.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Rob | SUPPLY, North Carolina, US | 8/6/2016
Great course!


Wonderfully detailed videos with great review questions. Great resources. A very good product all around
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Chase | STEPHENVILLE, Texas, US | 8/4/2016

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Is this ground school acceptable?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure what "acceptable" is in this context, so I'll address a couple of them:
1)Do the FAA testing centers accept the Sporty's Certificate of Completion? Yes.
2)Is the training sufficient to pass the test? Yes. I just finished with the video training and practiced the questions until I mastered them. I scored a 98% on the FAA Test (missed one question).
3)Are the videos any good? Absolutely. They add a lot of context to the questions that you can't get by just reading the questions and memorizing the answers.
4)Are the test questions identical to those on the test? Not exactly. Some are, some are different. For example, no practice question addresses the test question that asks about the Mode required on the transponder when squawking 1200. The answer is to set the transponder to "Mode 3/A Code 1200". It was the only question I missed.

I hope this answers the question.

Does it have a quiz at the end of each section or chapter?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are short quizzes (2-3 questions) roughly every other video. These questions do not effect the progress of your lessons if answered incorrectly. They are there to help you.
Can I also use the iPhone/iPad app if I only buy the online version? Or do I have to buy both the online and the iOS version in order to watch the videos on both my PC and my iPhone?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I purchased the learn to fly course in June and I can watch it from any browser, any time, I just have to sign in. I didn't know about the app. I just downloaded it and it won't let me sign in to see all the videos. I can see enough that I can tell it's all the exact same thing from the browser.
The system will not allow me to edit my question, so I will ask again.
Have the issues been addressed about the quizzes not matching up with the videos?
Jon Q. on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have not had any problems with questions matching the videos. I have only observed one issue. I could not find the refered to airport on a map. This was a great course. I definately picked up many tips.
Have the issues been addressed about the quizzes to matching up with the videos?
Jon Q. on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes,very refreshing quiz ,that helps you to learn.
For the online format how long is the material available to you?
Darrell A on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is no expiration date - you get free updates delivered automatically.
Can you log into this from different computers? EX: like my work computer at the office as well as my home computer? or do you download it directly onto a single computer?
Randy K on Aug 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The web based one can be accessed from anywhere. I have logged in from 3 different computers and my laptop.
Can I also watch the videos on my iPhone if I buy the online version? Or do I have to purchase both the online and the iPhone version in order to watch the videos on both my PC and my iPhone?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure but the online version just needs a browser to access the online web url, So you can use Safari or Google chrome on your Iphone (instead of the app). It should work, i think but I have not tried it myself. You may want to call them just to be sure.
Will the online program work with Android 5.1? I have a Lenovo tablet dedicated to learning to fly apps.
Derwood S on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It needs a browser to access the online web url.I tried it on my Samsung S5 Galaxy and it works. Hope this helps.
how do i use the material once i buy it?
wyatt z on Nov 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Go to Sportys.com/MyCourses and sign into the course using the login/password you created at checkout.
it´s possible save in the hard disk of may pc?
A shopper on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the videos are streaming and cannot be downloaded.
For the Learn to Fly Private Pilot Online Corse, how many hours in duration dees it take to cover in order to compete?
Tracy W on Nov 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There's about 15 hours of video, and the larger sections (20-30 minutes) I ended up watching multiple times. Plus there are practice quizzes and two chances to take the test. Best bet is to figure 20-30 hours to complete the course.
I am debating between the VFR Refresher and the Private Pilot Test Prep course to catch me up on everything since I haven't flown in 20 years. Which product is more thorough?
Jordan F on Oct 4, 2016
Learn To Fly Course (Online) - Private Pilot Test Prep
Learn To Fly Course (Online) - Private Pilot Test Prep
Sporty's VFR Refresher Kit
Sporty's VFR Refresher Kit
BEST ANSWER: The Learn to Fly course is much more thorough.
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