Sporty's Deluxe Instrument Rating Kit (Online Course)


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The Ultimate Instrument Rating Package

These all-in-one kits from Sporty’s include absolutely everything you need to start flying or earn an instrument rating. Don’t be fooled by other, inferior kits—ours feature high quality Flight Gear® bags (with custom embroidery), complete and interactive courses, and pilot supplies designed and tested by real pilots. An easy way to get everything you need at a great price, these kits also make a terrific gift.


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The Ultimate Instrument Rating Package

These all-in-one kits from Sporty’s include absolutely everything you need to start flying or earn an instrument rating. Don’t be fooled by other, inferior kits—ours feature high quality Flight Gear® bags (with custom embroidery), complete and interactive courses, and pilot supplies designed and tested by real pilots. An easy way to get everything you need at a great price, these kits also make a terrific gift.


  • Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course online
  • Training Course Outline
  • Airman Certification Standards Study Guide
  • Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA)
  • Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA)
  • Electronic E6B Flight Computer
  • Tri-fold Kneeboard
  • Instrument Plotter
  • Instrument Maneuvers Guide
  • Senior Pilot’s Flight Log
  • Crosswind Flight Gear Bag
  • Optional embroidery on bag

Pass your tests and more – become a great instrument pilot

Earning an instrument rating is a fun and rewarding experience that can make your pilot’s license much more powerful. But instrument flying is also unforgiving, and requires more than just passing an FAA test. That’s why Sporty’s university-level Complete Instrument Rating Course goes far beyond test prep. We go outside the textbook to unlock the secrets of the IFR system, so you can be a safe, smooth and proficient pilot. Detailed video segments cover both glass cockpits and analog gauges.

The Sporty’s Advantage

  • More in-flight video
  • More 3D animations
  • More real world flying tips
  • More complete training
  • No talking heads
  • No classroom lectures
  • No boring textbooks
  • Nothing extra to buy

Plus Sporty's Triple Guarantee – pass all three tests (written, oral and flight) required to earn your instrument rating or we'll give you your money back.

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

Exclusive features:

  • Exciting in-flight footage – we put you in the cockpit for a pilot's-eye-view of everything you'll see during training.
  • Learning tools – incredible 3D animations make boring subjects come alive
  • Air Facts segments – real world flying tips from legendary author Richard L. Collins
  • Interactive Test Prep – our powerful FAA written test prep program allows you to create custom study sessions
  • ACS Study Guide – the complete text of the FAA's standards, cross-referenced to our course
  • Training Course Outline – a step-by-step syllabus, with all ground and flight lessons

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.

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Course Content

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 2.9 - 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 2.8 - 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 2.7 - 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 - 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 2.5 - January 14, 2014

Adds new HD video segments on the following topics:

• Weather theory for instrument pilots
• IFR Weather Forecasts
• FAA Knowledge Test, Oral and Flight test prep
• FARs for instrument pilots
• Loss of Communication procedures
• Aircraft Instruments
• Flight Plans and IFR Clearances
• Working with Air Traffic Control
• Checkride tips for glass cockpit airplanes

What’s New in Version 2.4 - 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 2.3 - 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 2.2 - January 2, 2013

Adds new HD video segments on the following topics:

• Ice weather theory and avoidance for IFR pilots
• Airplane anti-ice and de-ice systems
• Thunderstorm avoidance
• Instrument approaches to minimum weather conditions
• Turbulence
• Middle Altitude Weather
• Night Weather

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 Instrument Rating 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.
• 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

Earn FAA WINGS Credit!

Sporty’s Instrument Rating Course makes a great refresher after you have your rating. You can even earn FAA Pilot Proficiency Program (WINGS) credit when you complete the course. The credit is automatically awarded when you watch all the videos and complete two practice tests with passing scores.

Why participate in the WINGS program?

  • Satisfy your Flight Review requirement by completing a phase.
  • Be eligible for up to a 10% premium savings through AVEMCO.
  • Enhance safety through a consistent recurrent training program.

Earn Your Instrument Rating 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. or email

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liked the digital access anywhere.
merchandise is quality stuff.
i seemed to loose track of where i was w/ everything being digital. i almost bought the hard copy PTS study guide and the training course outline. since this would have been additional to the $249 price, i opted to terminate the online access and have them send me the DVD set complete w/ the above mentioned hard copy guides for no additional charge.
i like having particularly the course outline as a study guide to follow along when i'm watching the video.
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014

As good or better than the PPL package I used first.
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