Choosing a flight simulator

Home flight simulation technology has improved a lot over the last 5-10 years, to the point where pilots can create a reliable training device at home without spending $10,000 and taking a week to set it up. When used properly, such a simulator can significantly improve your flying skills, whether you're learning to fly, getting back into flying after a long layoff, or trying to maintain instrument proficiency. Here's how to find the right system.


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Behind the courses - an interview with Sporty's Bret Koebbe

Sporty's introduced its 2018 Learn to Fly Course this week, which added a number of new features to this popular training product, including: a new iOS app, automatic sync between the online course and app, CFI tracking, new video segments, and more. We sat down with Sporty's Academy Vice President Bret Koebbe, who leads Sporty's course development team, to learn more about the course and the people who make it.


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The pilots behind the products - Lightspeed and MyGoFlight

We say it all the time: one of the best parts of our jobs here at Sporty's is meeting all the passionate, creative pilots who invent new products. We love to test crazy ideas and partner with fellow pilots to bring new concepts to market. In fact, almost everything we sell was created by an aviation enthusiast, whether it's a single person with a vision or a large company packed with pilots. In this post, we're sharing more stories of "The Pilots Behind the Products," including Lightspeed and MyGoFlight.


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How to improve reception on your ground-based aviation radio

The first product Sporty’s ever sold was a receiver/scanner. The small radio allowed student pilots to listen to the interactions between air traffic controllers and airline pilots. By hearing these professionals speak on the radio, students could learn how to better communicate when they were flying. The radios have drastically changed since we first started in 1961, but pilots still like to listen to each other while on the ground.


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Video: an interview with flyGIRL Founder Natalie Kelley

The goal of flyGIRL is to encourage and inspire women and young girls to open their hearts and minds to their potential and to help their dreams take flight. A portion of every flyGIRL sale goes to support the group’s scholarship fund, which awards $5,000 to a woman (young or old) who is pursuing flight training. We talked to Natalie Kelley, founder of flyGIRL, to learn about her journey in aviation and what advice she has for aspiring pilots.


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What's New in Sporty's 2019 Courses

Learning to fly is one of the most exciting journeys in life, but it also takes hard work and dedication. That means much more than just logging time in the left seat of an airplane, too. In fact, years of experience at our flight school have proven that using a home study course is the key to efficient flight training. The right course can save you time, money, and frustration – and make you a better pilot. 

That’s why Sporty’s 2019 Learn to Fly Course is such an exciting update. New content, flexible app options, and smart study tools all combine to offer an unmatched training experience. The powerful test prep tools mean you’ll be prepared to ace the written test, but that’s just the beginning. In depth video segments focus on real world flying, detailed lesson plans help organize your training, and Sporty’s flight instructors are always available to help.

The team at Sporty's Academy is always working on new features, and we're excited to show off some of the latest additions for 2019.


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