4.2 / 5.013 ReviewsDurability4.5 / 5Reliability4.0 / 5Performance4.1 / 5Ease Of Use4.2 / 5Value4.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (3)Durability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use1 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesYou must read the books... not just the videos.I learn best from videos or live presentations. While these videos are great and mostly broken down into 5-8 minute mini-clips so they are easy to learn from and process, they are also lacking a lot of information (airspace is a great example) and DO NOT get into a lot of depth on the practicals of the subjects presented.
- Easy to understand videos in (mostly) short segments so you can process the information in each one.
- Clear graphics and examples.
- Quizzes after many of the videos.
- Video hosts are not super cheesy, nor are they taking themselves too seriously; they are acting like real people.
- I like the progress tracking, but since reading assignments are not correlated with the lessons this is less than accurate in tracking your real progress.
- The syllabus that comes with this has ONE READING ASSIGNMENT: Read everything.
Yes, the videos are in sections with topics and corresponding quizzes, but you are on your own to find the relevant information in each section of the book (unlike a competing system).
- Some of the videos are ridiculously short (less than 2 min.), while others leave you wondering when it will end.
- The videos seem to be missing some information... I called customer service and they assured me that everything needed to pass my private pilot written was in the videos; that may be true, but it seems to me that it would be important for any pilot to have some concept of what airspace categories are and how to identify them on a sectional... it seems that information was not important enough to put into a video.
I like the bag the course came with.
I like the videos.
This is not a "complete" course of Sporty's making... just read the ASA books that it comes with and you will know way more than you would ever have gotten from the videos, and you will even know what airspace is.
I now understand why my local flight school, just smiled politely when I mentioned Sporty's course; and told me they use a different course.
I would recommend this for the bag, the videos, and the books it comes with in a package; just realize that most of your learning will come from reading and you could just purchase the books and save a few hundred dollars if you learn well by reading.August 28, 2017Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat training!The delievery of the material has made it easy to understand and remember. I am currently 71% through the material and just knowing my current status is motivating.July 15, 2017Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesA Great Place to StartAs a student pilot just starting my pursuit of a PPL, I know this deluxe kit is a great collection of items that will help me throughout my ground school training. The online course by itself is worth it's weight in gold!July 14, 2017Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Great Product sketchy policiesProduct is as expected, seems they have some strange neurotic shipping policies that require you to jump through hoops to have your shipment held by UPS, oh and they ship via UPS - will not purchase anything shipped via UPS in the future.March 5, 2017Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Great ValueI purchased this in Dec.2016 I Planned to study through out the Michigan winter and take the FAA Written before starting flight lessons. Thanks to this Course I passed the Written with a 90%. I start Flight School this week. The only Suggestion or recommendation I would give is to add or include The FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement Book (FAA-CT-8080-2G) to the course. The online version is difficult to work with depending on your computer system and screen size. Having the actual book is a much easier tool to use during your testing prep. GarryFebruary 26, 2017Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Good PackageThis was the best complete ground school package I could find. So far I'm impressed with the detail in the video series. All of the books and equipment in the kit are well made better than I expected. The flight bag is actually a good bag, not some cheap piece of crap that you'd expect from such a kit.February 20, 2017Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Ease of useThe video and test questions are extremely easy to navigate and track your progressJanuary 13, 2017Durability4 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Pros: Decent online learning course, though a bit long on certain subjects which aren't useful. Nice bag and flight computer. Cons: Not all of the books which this course references are included. You will notice the course references the PHAK during your after video quizzes. The PHAK or Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, is an indispensable source of learning. So much so, that the courses reference this book almost 70-90% of the time, while referencing the included AFH or Airplane Flying handbook very little. This wouldn't be such an issue if 100% of the things referenced were available in the AFH, yet they are not. This means you need to go out and buy yourself another book if you want the hard copy. This is not to say the course isn't well put together, but I was finding myself confused when certain parts of the practice tests brought up questions which the AFH didn't cover and the video only touched upon. I brought my concerns to customer service, and their response was that the PHAK is not required for the course. Sure I guess if you have some other way of studying the things which are not included with this 'comprehensive' then I guess it wouldn't be very important. Beyond the book, the course is very jumbled up. If you are looking for something which has structure and points out things which you NEED to pay close attention to, look elsewhere. While the course is separated into blocks, these blocks seem to have been put together by someone with ADHD. In one small section you go from airframe to weather back to airframe and then to radio communications while you are soloing, yet you have hardly covered ground operations and even the basics. It jumps around so much, you never have a chance to get a handle on what it is you are learning before you are on to something completely different. They call this course a home study course, but it's more like a secondary classroom to your training at an FBO or other flight school. Overall decent online course, but it is lacking in direction and completeness. It would be nice if the course was put together into sections to learn, not Pre-flight, first solo dual ects... It would be nice if you would teach us about the airplane in chapter one.. then ground operations in chapter 2, an then radio communication in chapter 3... and so on.. This course is like someone took a deck of cards with the curriculum written on each card decided it would be fun to play 52 card pick-up, and then forgot to put it back into order.December 1, 2014Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Pros: Great product gets you ready for flight and lets you know what to expect when meeting with your flight instructor so you save a lot of time when in flight and in ground school High quality flight bag overall great productJuly 29, 2014Durability2 / 5Reliability2 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Pros: Had to switch to download from app when Ipad didn't have the correct user version. Switch was done quickly. Cons: Still waiting for pilot bag after 20 days Still waiting for bag...November 25, 2013
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Browse 16 questions Browse 16 questions and 18 answersHow long is the course accessible online after purchase?BEST ANSWER: There is no limit - you get free updates as we make them.I first received my private pilot license in 1987. I accumulated about 15 hours of flying that year, got married and had kids and I stopped flying by 1988. I want to start flying again so I recently purchased the Microsoft Simulator X software along with the Saitek Flight Controls. I need to reintroduce myself to everything I learned in Ground School in 1987 with today's information. What is my best route to take to start flying again. I would like to take a ground school course at home while practicing on the Microsoft Simulator software then head out to an airport to fly with an instructor. Is this the best route? Can I take a ground school class at home?BEST ANSWER: Malcom,
Since you have some time and did complete your PPL I would say that this course would be a good way for you to get current again and brush up on the current rules and regs. I used the course to complete my PPL after a 10 year break between when I started flight school and was able to complete my PPL. It worked out great! It was much easier than sitting in a classroom and it allowed me to move at my own pace. It helps to have at least some working knowledge of the FAR/AIM and aeronautical knowledge to really make the course beneficial to you but if you do not remember anything, no worries, the course does go through even the basics. Overall, I highly recommend the course. I know some people do not like the online/DVD approach to ground school but to me it is the way of the future and I enjoy it a lot more. Hope this helps you!Is "Sporty's Deluxe Learn To Fly Course Kit (Online)" certified as an approved FAA training provider? Is it certified in accordance with Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 141? I don't want to buy this kit and than find out that I wasted my time and money because the FAA doesn't accept the Sporty's pilot training kit as an appropriate training course to satisfy the completion of the ground-training when I try to take the knowledge test.BEST ANSWER: Our course will satisfy the completion of the ground training for the written knowledge test. We also provide the endorsement required to take the written test. With a part 141 flight school the training materials that the flight school uses would have to be certified as part of the 141 training program.
Sporty's Academy is a part 141 flight school and the learn to fly courses are used as part of the training program.I noticed that there are a lot of new items as of January 2017. Are the books the newest editions as well?BEST ANSWER: Yes the books are the current editions.In the delux version of learn to fly do you get the DVDs and online as well?BEST ANSWER: No, this kit includes only the online course.is the FAR AIM included in this set?BEST ANSWER: Yes.2018 FAR AIM included in purchase or is it 2017?BEST ANSWER: It will be the current edition.If I purchase the kit as an online course, can I use it with my ipad/iphone also? or is that a separate kit?BEST ANSWER: You can use the iPad/iPhone with a web browser. You will not have access to the app as the online course and app are separate products.How does the Lightspeed headset trial work?Whats the average duration of this course (hours)?BEST ANSWER: The course contain approximately 29 hours of video.Do you have to be connected to the internet to use this, or, can you download material before you go "offline"?BEST ANSWER: With the Online course you have to have an internet connection. With the app you have the ability to download the lessons and watch offline.can i upgrade the log book into a professional log book ?BEST ANSWER: Yes, we can upgrade the log book for the difference in price. Please just place in the order comments that you would like to have the senior log book and we will take care of it.Roughly how many hours of video is included in the Private Pilot course?BEST ANSWER: The course has over 23 hours of video.What does the embroidery option apply to?BEST ANSWER: The Embroidery option will apply to the flight bag.I see a Laptop in the pictures, it is included?BEST ANSWER: The Laptop is for illustration of the online course. The Laptop is not included.I am a current cfi that wants to teach my grandson. Do you have an accompanying instructor guide that works with this program?BEST ANSWER: This app makes a great complement: https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/ipad-iphone-android/ipad-iphone-aviation-apps/sporty-s-ultimate-cfi-lesson-plan-guide-ipad-iphone-app-private-pilot.html
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