Sporty's Instrument Rating Course (Online)

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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.

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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
  • PTS Study Guide – the complete text of the FAA's practical test 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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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. SportysAcademy.com or email Fly@SportysAcademy.com.

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iPad

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  • Requires Chrome, Safari 5+, FireFox 9+, Internet Explorer 10, iPad browser.
  • Accepted for FAA Wings Credit
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I'm into unit 3 of 7 of the course at this point and I'm pretty disappointed. $200 is a lot of pay for little more than some videos and a practice test bank. Technically, the product is a bit buggy: videos frequently don't mark as viewed, I found a couple of mislabeled pages, etc.

My biggest complaint by far is that the course is quite poorly organized. There is a Training Course Outline that is supposed to guide you through the process. However, the order of the TCO does not sync up with anything else. You'll frequently find yourself jumping all over the place in the videos and in the Instrument Flying Handbook (the two most common references). When additional reading is recommended (usually in the IFH or AIM) sections or page number are never given - you just need to dig through them and hopefully find a section corresponding to what you're reading about. The TCO's topics do not follow the order of the IFH OR Sporty's own videos in the course. So you basically have three primary resources that are all presenting the information in their own way.

The videos come with "matching" questions from the test bank to test your knowledge, which I think is great, but the videos often don't sufficiently cover the information in those questions and you're left to guess. I can't help but wonder if all the time spent explaining exactly how ATC sees my transponder on their radar wouldn't have been better spent on answering those test questions.

The videos themselves are fairly solid. Unit 1 is basically PPL review. They can get a bit dull at times, but that's to be expected. The bigger complaint is that they often gloss over or blow through critical sections. Particularly when starting the approach section, I found the videos would throw up a chart, point something out, assume I had mastered it, throw up a new chart, and repeat. Also, be sure to memorize acronyms and their meanings the first time they're given, because they likely won't be repeated or re-explained.

Also, the star rating system on this site is extremely misleading; try to write a review yourself and you will see what I mean.
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G | BERKELEY, California, US | Private | 7/8/2015
 

Not Recommended

Pros:
The practice tests allowed for multiple practices
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The explanation of wrong answers in practice were not always clear. The videos go very fast if trying to learn the information requiring lots of pausing rewinding and watching multiple times. If only purchasing the videos there is no material to aid in study other than videos.

Overall i was dissapointed and would not purchase another course from Sporty's
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014
 
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The videos and the practice tests were excellent. Allowed me to pass my written with a 93.
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The practical standards portion is a bit cumbersome and I am not sure it is all that helpful
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014
 
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014
 
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The course is outstanding and I am looking forward to finishing it. After the instrument rating I am going to start my instructor rating. I hope sporty's has a course for me to use that is as good as the instrument course is. The Cd's are great and full of information and I am sure pleased with all the information. This makes it much easier to learn than doing it without the instruction. My instructor follows the book and we are both in the same place all the time. Thanks for such a good course.
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014
 
Pros:
Easy to use, easy flow to the lectures;
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No test questions or interactive portion after each section. I am forced to buy my own test book, and try to correlate their questions within certain chapters with your topics going forward.

So far so good, but I am only getting started. Ask me again in a few months!
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014
 
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The video content is very informative and pleasant to watch. The graphics and animations are great tools for a visual learner like myself.

I have not had any trouble with availability of the system - I have been able to use it every time I wanted to.
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After watching the first set of videos, I started to taking notes in a composition book. I have filled half of that book with notes from watching the videos. A lot of the stats and facts on the videos are rattled off quickly - it would be helpful if there was a document that had all of the memorization and study materials documented for each of the video segments.

I found the little section for keeping notes on the screen while watching the video is pretty useless since I needed to draw lots of diagrams in my notes.

I think it's a good system. I would have expected the online version to cost less than the DVD version. I chose the DVD version only because I wanted to be able to use it from my computer at the office as well as my computer at home, but since the DVD version and the online version are the same price, it was not an easy decision to make.

I'm not sure how long I get to use the online version. If I had bought the DVD version I could use it indefinitely. It's like renting something without knowing exactly how long you get to keep it, and renting for the exact same price as buying.
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014
 
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Excellent graphics and videos. Really makes understanding new and complex concepts much easier.
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Guest | Private | 12/31/2014
 

Not Recommended

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Easy to use on ipad
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No question after video segments as advertised
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gtencza | Private | 9/5/2013
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