Sporty's Instrument Rating Course (iPad/iPhone App)


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Real world instrument training

With Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course, you’ll ace your FAA written test—we guarantee it! But this powerful 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. It's everything you need to improve your pilot skills and take your flying to the next level.


  • Pass all three tests, guaranteed! 
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Real world instrument training

With Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course, you’ll ace your FAA written test—we guarantee it! But this powerful 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. It's everything you need to improve your pilot skills and take your flying to the next level.


  • Pass all three tests, guaranteed! Our course is so complete you'll be prepared for not just the written test, but also the oral and checkride. If you don't pass all three, we'll refund your money.
  • Automatic written test endorsement. After you watch the videos and pass two practice tests, Sporty's flight instructors will give you the endorsement to go take the FAA knowledge test. No outside instructor needed.
  • Practical IFR tips with Air Facts. Legendary author and pilot Richard L. Collins shares his unique perspective in these segments. Going far beyond the basics, you'll learn tips and tricks for safer and smoother IFR flying.
  • Covers the latest technology. We're continually updating our course, so you'll stay up to date with new avionics, from glass cockpits and WAAS approaches to datalink weather and iPads.
  • Earn FAA Wings credit. By participating in the FAA's pilot proficiency program, you'll enhance safety and potentially save on your insurance premium. We automatically give you Wings credit for completing the course. 

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 Airman Certification Standards
    • Includes the new ACS document from the FAA – 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 8, works on:

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


Try it now

Free trial available in the App Store – download it here


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

What you'll learn

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

App Update History

What's New in Version 1.9 - October 13, 2016

- new feature: try out the written test prep component in the free version of the app - iOS 10 compatibility updates

What's New in Version 1.8 - 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 1.7.6 - January 6, 2016

Now includes iOS 9 Picture-in-Picture video playback, allowing you to continue to watch videos segments while interacting with other features in the app.

What's New in Version 1.7.3 - September 3, 2015

• Upgraded for compatibility with iOS 9

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 

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Very good review for a long-lapsed instrument rating
So far so good. Subject matter is on the mark. I have yet to finish the course, but I am confident I will pass.
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Excellent home study course! I got an 87% on the written in <2 weeks from starting!
Excellent course!
The videos do a pretty good job of explaining the topics!
The learning mode and test prep questions are top notch and match the actual test about 75% of the time.
I would have liked to see a little better or more in depth discussion on holding pattern entries.
I just took the Written today and passed with a 87% after taking this course and studying for < 2 weeks.
Definitely recommend over doing with a flight school!
July 20, 2017
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The quiz questions do not match the associated videos but the course is great.
June 27, 2017
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Great training course with awesome video
This training courses is completely great. I spent hundred hours for watching all the video. They did a very good job, all the video it's clearly understand. By watched the video, my knowledge getting better more than i expected and i get a very good result with 95% for written test and pass check ride for the first tried. Thank you to give me such a great course like this. The only thing that i think you need to improve is you should add subtitles into the video because I'm not a native English person so sometime it's hard for me to follow the video. Anyway if you're struggle with the IR training, this one it's your solutions.
May 1, 2017
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Great course! Very helpful for keeping you current.
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Passed my checkride~!
Passed my checkride and the written, Sporty's course was a big help in solidifying the foundations. I will say that other materials are required to really get the details, but these are easier to understand once you've gotten the concepts in living color from the professional quality videos and graphics. And of course practice, practice, practice. Now, if sporty's would just release a Commercial pilot version, I could go 3 for 3!
March 3, 2017
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Excellent value in instrument instruction
I went to a three day school and didn't learn as much as I have in this course. Great presentation in nice little bite sized chunks.
August 25, 2016
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So far so good...
Well one out of the three tests knocked out, passed the written with an 82 using the Sporty's app and the FAA handbook. Probably could have gotten higher, but was lucky enough to get a test that had a few questions I don't think were covered in the practice tests. But a pass is a pass, and now just cranking through the lessons. The videos are helpful to go back and review after the lesson (as well as before). Well done as always!!
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Excellent product
Just earned my instrument ticket on September 23, 2015. I could not have done it without this course. It more than prepared me for my written and oral. It, and a lot of practice, prepared me for my flight test. Highly recommended!
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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.
April 28, 2015
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how long is online access?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is no expiration date - you get free updates delivered automatically.
I want to have the availability to use this while I travel commercially, where I don't always have an internet connection. If I get the Ipad/Iphone app choice, can I access it also on my Mac Computer offline if I download it?
craig w on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You don't even have to go go the Mac if you don't want to. On the Ipad version it gives you the option of streaming the video, or downloading it. If you're going on a trip, just download 5 or 10 episodes or however many you think you can watch in the time span you'll be gone. It just takes up your data on the iPad, so when you're done or return home, delete them off of your device.
I'm looking at buying an iPad- but I'm not sure how much memory space I need for Sporty's and other aviation apps, etc. can you give me an idea what kind of space Sporty's requires?
Thank you
Daniel S on Sep 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agree with the other answer. On my iPhone, which is the same as the iPad, under settings it tells me the Instrument course only takes up 73.3MB. You stream the videos. There is an option to download videos, if you are going out of wifi or for whatever reason want to have access to the video where you cannot otherwise stream it. But if you don't download the videos and store them on your local memory (iPad or iPhone) then the program itself only takes approx. 75MB...not much.
Is the certificate internationally recognised? If you do the sign off is there no practical ?
Michael P on May 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The endorsement to for taking the Instrument written test only.
Is there a time limit on the program?
Craig H on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is no time limit on using the program.
Does Sporty's offer a combo or upgrade price for people who bought the Sporty's Learn to Fly test prep?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not offer a combo price or an upgrade price.
How long does it take to complete the course?
Randy W on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The course has 23 hours of video.
How much space do the videos take?
Andrew C on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 129Mb. This is without downloading the videos.
Do you get an endorsement, after completing the course satisfactorily, to take the knowledge test? Or must you still have a cfi signoff?
Ed W on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We will provide the signoff - no CFI required.
Has this been updated to the new test starting this spring?
Gary L on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we added a number of new questions in the last 60 days.
how do I log on?
A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Download the app from the App Store (on your iPhone or iPad), then Log in using the account you checked out with on
i purchased the Online IRF course, Can I get it on my iPad, or only my laptop?
steve k on Oct 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can use the online course on your iPad (in the web browser), but your purchase does not unlock the iOS app version. That is a separate purchase.
iOS 10 compatability; iOS 10.0.2 just came out. Has there been any problems downloading the app from the app store? I'm about to buy the instrument rating course but somehow I can't download the app.
Ri N on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You are fine
Does the app support downloading content for offline viewing?
Sam T on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does.
Is there any difference between the Online and App course - in terms of content or format?
justin j on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, same exact content. Just depends which format is more convenient for you.
Can this be chromcasted?
A shopper on Jan 30, 2017
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