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!

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.
  • 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 3.4 - 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

Aerodynamics

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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IE10

Firefox 9+

Chrome

Safari 5+

iPad

Notes:

  • Already purchased the course? Login here.
  • Requires Chrome, Safari 5+, FireFox 9+, Internet Explorer 10, iPad browser.
  • 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.

Have questions?

We can help!

Our expert pilots are available to answer your questions.

Ask our experts: LearnToFly@sportys.com

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Learn to Fly

Not Recommended

Loaded with extraneous stuff e.g types of training airplanes one might encounter - has no bearing on learning to fly or the testing process. Lots more examples of this sort of thing.

SPORTY'S CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSE
Thank you for the review. Our complete training course goes far above and beyond training to pass a written test. We strive to make safe, competent pilots.
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Randy | CAMP VERDE, Arizona, US | 7/18/2016
Good Home Online Course

Recommended

I passed my written exam easily. Passed my oral exam and checkride after only 40.2 hours. The course was concise and convenient. Going through the FAR/AIM and PHAK along with any course is what all students should do. That way you pick up all the details from the many resources available to us and know where to go back and find it later. The Sporty's course is designed to flow along with your flight training, but can easily be tailored to match your specific schedule or progression through the different subjects. I recommend going through the free trial to see for yourself the first section of the training.
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Jarrod | BAYTOWN, Texas, US | 2/27/2016
Very helpful and informative, saved time and money by being able to do almost all the ground school at home

Recommended

Great product for the newly starting pilot, helps ease anxiety and tension over many hard to grasp concepts through video explanation and reenforcing quizzes.
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Big Al | Private | 11/22/2015
Excellent

Recommended

Glad I got great refresher
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Donald Stokes | Commercial | 8/18/2015
Great value; great info!

Recommended

Because of some issues I had with the online version and frustration at being tied to the internet, I eventually upgraded to the deluxe DVD kit. Sportys charged me only the difference in price and was great!
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Bob | MARIETTA, Georgia, US | 7/21/2015
 
Pros:
Makes a great companion to books and hands-on studying and learning
Cons:
Wish I had ordered the DVDs instead of the online version, so as not to be tied to the internet (and small screens)

For a visual learner like myself, as well as someone who likes to process the same information in multiple ways to help build a complete understanding, these courses are revolutionary. I don't think they are a substitute for the deeper technical info, but where they work quite well I think is in helping present that info in a non-technical way so that you can then be prepared with some context to consume the more detailed stuff from a book later. Same goes for the flight training - you can expect less repetition with your instructor on key points if you work through the course so you already have the context to work with. Although certain items are a little different if you are not in the US, nevertheless the foundation is so good I was able to earn my PPL in Australia largely on the strength of this course (in concert with other books, websites and hands-on). Highly recommend, and I will probably purchase the other courses as I continue to advance in aviation.
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Adam | SHERMAN, Texas, US | Private | 12/26/2014
 
Pros:
Easily access Course from anywhere. Clear and concise explanations. Questions to test your knowledge after main topic videos.
Cons:
none

Great price compared to others.
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Cepedac | 11/20/2014
 
Pros:
Very detailed videos (actual and simulated). The quizzes show you explanations as to why the answers are correct or incorrect.

This is an EXCELLENT buy! The videos (actual and simulated) are very detailed. The quizzes show you explanations as to why the answers are correct or incorrect. You can take individual or multiple quizzes based on categories or have a random quiz generated. The feedback is instantaneous. There is also a sample test.

I highly recommend this product!
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vstrother | LAKE JACKSON, Texas, US | 10/29/2014
 

Not Recommended

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If I ever want to become a Cessna 172 mechanic this course will have prepared me. If I want to become a pilot I better start reading my text books.
Cons:
This is a cut and paste course for multiple ratings. I went for the sport and spent hours watching and listening about 172's. It's almost like my rating my was an after thought.

This course was a MAJOR let down. After reading all of the reviews I really thought it was something that would close down John and Martha King. I was wrong. These videos covered more air theory than actual FAA regs. and actual flying tips. It's like the course was quickly designed for the private pilot and then at the last minute a couple of scenes were cut and pasted so that they could sell to the sport pilots. I found myself having to read the PHAK, FAR/AIM and weather text books so that I felt confident to take the written and check ride. Major let down and now I know why it's $100 cheaper than the King schools. For me it was a waste of 200 dollars.
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Guest | 10/25/2014
 
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Reinforces what I read in the book, great video of what we have to know
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none found yet

Have not completed the course ...........yet
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ifallover | NEWTOWN, Connecticut, US | 8/10/2014

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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.

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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.
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