Sporty's Instrument Rating Course iPad/iPhone App

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Earn your Instrument Rating with Sporty’s iPad/iPhone app!

With Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course, you’ll ace your FAA written test—we guarantee it! But this mobile course app is much more than just test prep. With incredible in-flight footage and 3D animations, we 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.

Free trial available in the App Store – download it here

Exclusive Features:

  • Exciting Video Training
    • Over 13 hours of engaging video, shot in and around airplanes, and enhanced with 3D motion graphics
    • Broken down into individual segments, allowing you to progress one step at a time
    • Either stream the video when you have internet access, or save individual segments for offline viewing
    • Includes support for iCloud syncing, allowing you to keep your video progress and test scores synced across multiple iOS devices.
  • Powerful Written Test Prep
    • Learning mode: create custom review sessions by selecting categories to study and review, with both questions and detailed explanations
    • Flashcard mode: review key concepts and objectives in self-graded study session
    • Test mode: take a simulated exam, with the time limit and mix of questions like the FAA test
  • Interactive Maneuvers Guide
    • Provides step-by-step instructions on performing maneuvers required for each checkride
    • Includes a 3D animation of each maneuver to help you visualize how each is to be performed prior to your flight
  • Interactive Practical Test Standards
    • Includes the full FAA PTS – your guide to the checkride
    • Each item is cross-referenced to the appropriate video segment, allowing for a fast and in-depth review
  • Training Course Outline
    • Lesson by lesson syllabus to guide you and your instructor through your flight training

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.

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

Requires a minimum of iOS 7, works on:

  • iPhone: 4 or newer
  • iPod Touch: 5th generation or newer
  • iPad: iPad Mini, iPad 2 or newer

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

  1. Sporty's Instrument Rating Course - Sporty's Pilot Shop
  2. Open the app and tap "Login" from the main menu
  3. Sign in with the username and password you created when you purchased the subscription from Sporty's

App Update History

What's New in Version 1.7.2 - March 25, 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

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 - May 6, 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 a new figure viewer display that allows you to view all FAA figures and legends when answering a question, not just the one required for the question you're currently viewing
  • You'll now see the question text in the same window as 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 20, 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 1.0 - January 11, 2013

  • Initial launch of Sporty's award-winning Instrument Rating Course in a new dedicated mobile app format for iPhone and iPad:
  • Includes over 13 hours of high-quality streaming video and animations with training for all 3 tests required for the Instrument Rating--Written, Oral and Flight tests 
  • 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 

iPad Pilot News

Customer Reviews 5 item(s)

5 Item(s)

Helped me pass the test


I was happy that I purchased the iPad instrument rating course. It helped me in several areas and I know that it took less flight lessons to be ready for the test. It also helped me a lot with the oral portion of the check ride.
Neil | BINGHAM LAKE, Minnesota, US | 4/28/2015

Not Recommended

updated graphics as well as sections the course is tailored towards the G1000 cockpit.
the narrator just puts me to sleep.

it's just an okay course.
spdracer888 | FARMINGDALE, New York, US | Private | 8/21/2014
Scott | MANDEVILLE, Louisiana, US | Private | 9/27/2013
+ Very flexible since it is an iPad App and downloaded very quickly
+ Easy to see the whole overview of the course
+ Feature for forwarding with swipe of your finger
+ Good flow for the course
+ Able to watch the videos both online or download for later viewing
+ Will work on all your devices so that you can view flash cards on phone while waiting somewhere
- Some of the videos seem dated

I got both the DVD and the iPad App (using iPad 3 + LTE). I really love the App compared to DVD. It is more portable and easy to use. I like the fact that you can view the course on multiple iOS devices. Especially useful to see the flashcards on your iPhone. I would highly recommend this.
spattamatta | Private | 7/29/2013
About 14 hours of video. Purchased four days before my CFI-I Practical and aced the test after watching the videos. I even used some of the video's graphics during the Oral to explain instruments and weather.

Sporty's IFR course is the best. It's a very professional presentation with high quality graphics and video. It's not cheesy like the husband and wife team. Sporty's course is also very straight-forward, unlike the national chart publisher whose courses are disjointed and rarely address topics directly.
sdellinger | COLORADO SPGS, Colorado, US | Commercial | 1/29/2013
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