Learn To Fly Course (DVD) - Private Pilot Test Prep


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Our award-winning courses have helped over 50,000 pilots learn to fly or add a rating, but we're never standing still. The Sporty's Academy team is constantly adding new content and innovative features to make our Learn to Fly Course the best training product in aviation. It's everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your pilot certificate, with ground school, test prep, and real world training - all in one easy-to-use package.


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Our award-winning courses have helped over 50,000 pilots learn to fly or add a rating, but we're never standing still. The Sporty's Academy team is constantly adding new content and innovative features to make our Learn to Fly Course the best training product in aviation. It's everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your pilot certificate, with ground school, test prep, and real world training - all in one easy-to-use package.


Why Sporty's course? Here are 6 reasons:

1. Save time and money

For the cost of a single flight lesson, our course will save you hours of time in the air and hundreds of dollars. The step-by-step video lessons are better than ground school, helping you prepare for your next flight lesson ahead of time so you spend less time reviewing and more time learning. 

Completion certificate2. Get your written test endorsement

Ace the written with our interactive test preparation program. You can create customized study sessions from the actual FAA test questions and see the right and wrong answers, plus plain English explanations written by our team of CFIs. Then, take a practice test that simulates the real knowledge exam you'll have to pass. We’ll even give you the flight instructor endorsement to take the written test—right from the course! You can take this endorsement to the FAA testing center.

3. Pass all your tests—guaranteed!

Our course is so complete we guarantee you’ll pass all three tests: the written, oral and flight. Incredible 3D animations and dynamic in-flight video make complicated subjects like aerodynamics and weather easy to understand, so you’ll impress the examiner. Plus, our Airman Certification Standards Study Guide cross-references every required task to the videos, making it easy to review for the checkride.

4. Be ready for real world flying

Learning to fly means a lot more than just passing a test. That’s why Sporty’s course goes beyond the textbook to teach you real world flying, making you a safer, more confident pilot. Special Air Facts segments with renowned aviation author Richard Collins are packed with no-nonsense tips you can use after the checkride.

5. Includes the new Airman Certification Standards

Sporty's courses are famous for being the most up-to-date and complete training products available. That focus continues with the FAA's introduction of new Airman Certification Standards (ACS). Our Learn to Fly Course includes the full text of this document - your guide to the checkride - and cross-references each task to the video segments. Our course also emphasizes deep understanding instead of just memorizing questions, something the FAA now discourages.

6. Covers Private, Recreational and Sport

Our Learn to Fly Course is really three courses in one – you choose the license that makes sense for you. Get started with your training and progress toward your first solo, the critical first step for everyone. Then choose the Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot track – it’s all here! Plus, experience has shown that students learn most effectively when the training process is divided into manageable steps. So each module builds on the previous one, creating a building-block approach that saves you time and money.

Modular training


Exclusive Features:

  • Triple Guarantee means you’ll pass all three tests to earn your license or we’ll refund your money in full.
  • Award-winning video shot in and around airplanes – not a classroom.
  • Incredible 3D animations explain complicated subjects.
  • Air Facts segments go beyond the textbook to make you a better pilot.
  • Written Test Endorsement available right from the course.
  • The new Airman Certification Standards, cross-referenced to video segments.
  • Training Course Outline offers a complete, lesson-by-lesson syllabus.
  • Modular approach includes Sport, Recreational and Private materials.
  • Earn FAA WINGS credit and save on your insurance.
  • Always up to date video means you learn the latest information.

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DVD Course features:

  • Over 23 hours of video on 9 DVDs
  • Perfect for your large screen TV
  • Compatible with TVs and computers
  • Interactive online test prep program
  • Includes first logbook

Course Content

Volume 1 - Your First Few Hours

  • Intro / The Flight
  • When Should You Fly
  • Air Facts -- Weather Junkies
  • Introduction to the Airplane
  • Closer Look -- Training Airplanes
  • Introduction to the Cockpit
  • Closer Look -- Cockpit Variations
  • Introduction to Airplane Engines
  • Air Facts -- Engine TLC
  • Fuel, Propeller, and Electrical System
  • Closer Look -- Engine Variations
  • Air Facts -- Purposeful Preflight
  • Preflight
  • Engine Start
  • Communications
  • Air Facts -- Getting the Message
  • Taxi, Run-up, Traffic Pattern
  • Closer Look -- Wind Direction Indicators
  • Takeoff
  • Closer Look -- Tower Controlled Airports
  • Air Facts -- Takeoff Tips
  • Four Fundamentals
  • Air Facts -- Pitching and Turning
  • Four Fundamentals (part 2)
  • Air Facts -- The Proper Attitude
  • Conclusion

Volume 2 - Practicing Landings

  • Ground Reference Maneuvers
  • Closer Look -- Taxi Tips
  • Engines
  • Air Facts -- Engine Suspicion
  • Aerodynamics
  • Closer Look -- Angle Of Attack
  • Slow Flight
  • Closer Look -- Change Of Scenery
  • Stalls
  • Air Facts -- Stall Rhetoric
  • Normal Landings
  • Air Facts -- Down to Earth
  • Takeoff & Landing Variations

Volume 3 - Your First Solo

  • Pre-Solo Maneuvers
  • Closer Look -- Flight Training Across the Pond
  • Steep Turns
  • Closer Look -- Touch and Go
  • Emergencies
  • Air Facts -- Emergencies
  • Fog & Atmospheric Pressure
  • Thunderstorms and Flight Service Stations
  • Closer Look -- Telephone Weather Briefings
  • Air Facts -- Weatherwise
  • The Pitot Static System
  • Closer Look - The Pilot's Operating Handbook
  • Runway Safety
  • Drag
  • Closer Look -- Reducing Drag
  • Thrust, Stability, & Center of Gravity
  • Closer Look -- Phonetic Alphabet
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Air Facts -- Eye to the Sky
  • Student Pilot & Medical Certificate
  • Air Facts -- Fit for Flight
  • Solo

Volume 4 - Recreational and Sport

  • Predicting Performance
  • Closer Look -- Runway Markings
  • Maximum Performance Takeoffs & Landings
  • Visual Approach Slope Indicators
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Weather Theory
  • Weather Data
  • Airspace
  • Rules for Recreational Pilots
  • Publications and Charts
  • Rules To Fly By
  • More Weather Theory
  • Air Facts
  • More Weather Data
  • Weight and Balance
  • Written and Oral Test
  • Flight Test

Volume 5 - Your Dual Cross Countries

  • Night Flying
  • Air Facts -- The Night Shift
  • Publications and Charts
  • Air Facts -- Where Is It Really
  • Flight Planning and Computations
  • Air Facts -- Leave Yourself an Out
  • VOR Navigation
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • ADF Navigation
  • Closer Look -- Line Crews
  • Weather Theory
  • Closer Look -- Weather Information
  • Weather Data
  • Closer Look -- Beehive Airports
  • The Dual Cross Country Flight
  • Closer Look -- Sporty's E6B
  • Airspace
  • Air Facts -- Finding the Logic
  • Wrap Up - Going Places

Volume 6 - Your Solo Cross Countries

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Air Facts -- Getting to Know You
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Closer Look -- Controller Profile
  • Performance Charts
  • Air Facts -- When Enough's Not Enough
  • Maximum Performance Takeoffs and Landings
  • Closer Look -- Aviation Adages
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • More Weather Theory
  • Air Facts -- Laying a Foundation
  • More Weather Data
  • Closer Look -- Practical Test Standards
  • Basic Instrument Flying
  • Air Facts -- Calm in the Clouds
  • Flying Out of Trouble
  • Air Facts -- Life's a Glitch, Then You Fly
  • Lost and Found

Volume 7 - Private Pilot Test

  • Rules to Fly By
  • Air Facts -- Logbook Memories
  • Closer Look -- Flying Maladies
  • Flight Plans
  • Closer Look -- Runway Markings
  • Weight and Balance
  • Air Facts -- A Balanced Approach
  • Private Pilot Test: The Computer Test and Oral Exam
  • Closer Look -- The AOPA
  • The Flight Test
  • Air Facts -- Flying Colors
  • High Performance
  • Cessna Skylane
  • Closer Look -- Remote Communications
  • Expanding Horizons

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Stop dreaming and start flying at Sporty’s world headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The same experienced, professional instructors that bring you Sporty’s award-winning pilot training courses on DVD or online are available to fly with you at the renowned Sporty’s Academy Flight Training Center – Clermont County Airport (I69). Whether you want to enroll in a training course to earn a pilot certificate or simply take a flight, Sporty’s Academy is here to serve your aviation needs in a fleet of impeccably maintained aircraft. SportysAcademy.com or email Fly@SportysAcademy.com.


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Does the DVD version have the quizzes at the end of each section like the online version?
Justn P on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No but there is an online test prep program that is included.
I purchased the DVD version a few years ago. Can the copy's i have be updated? Also how can I receive the updated version with the new ACS.
Mike H on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The course that you have has had changes made to it. If you would like we can update the course for the cost of $100.00. To update the course return all of the DVDs and include a note that you would like to update and provide contact information so we may call to arrange payment.
I am 12 and want to be a pilot would this ground school help me and be good for me?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this course is the ground school.
Are these the DVD's that were produced in 2006? Or are these newer versions?
Shawn A on Jul 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These videos are constantly updated - most of the segments have been updated in the previous two years, including some significant upgrades in just the past few months. Current questions are always available in the online Study Buddy that you get access to with the course.
I am a (soloing) student pilot, (with his own plane) who has purchased ASA's Complete Private Pilot course and am finding it seriously lacking, in the ground school information and formatting. Al of the charts and graphs are too small for me to read, even with reading glasses and a full page magnifier. It appears to me as though it has been put together by someone suffering from ADHD... I have been warned off from King Schools products, by my CFI, who said that it would 'put me to sleep'. I've heard that Sportys is a popular course. Is the information contained within sequentially presented, or must I root around trying to figure out, or recall, where the information that I'm seeking resides? Can I just buy the ground school, or should I get the entire course? Please advise, as this ground schooling is holding me back from getting my rating.
Rocky B on Oct 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have recently tried the Sporty's, ASA, and King courses. I find the King course easiest to follow, setup in the most logical and practical manner, and I know of several VERY LARGE FLIGHT SCHOOLS that use the King Syllabus and videos. I've been instructing for 25 years and I disagree with your CFI.
I am fourteen wanting to become a pilot. Is this course good for me?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. In fact, I'm using it as part of the flight and ground training for a 14-year old. You will still need an experienced pilot to help guide you. If you're planning on starting formal flight training, check with your CFI. Our CFI's at Concord, NH like the Sporty's course. It has great video sequences and graphic explanations. Fly safe and have a blast!
Does the DVD course come with app access to learn on the go? If not, can it be upgraded to do so without separately purchasing the online or app access course?
Sarah R on Apr 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The DVD course does not come with App access. To upgrade to the app would be $100.00.
I am 12 and want to be a pilot would this course help me?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is the required ground school for the private pilot certificate.
When was this produced ?
ROBBIE on Jul 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The current online course was produced in 2018. The DVD's were updated in mid-2017
I am 16 and wanting to become a pilot probably in a couple fo years. Should I take this course? And if I got the dvd version will I get the 2018 version? Or will it be an older version? Also does the dvd version have quizzes online and stuff that you can take?
Malia U on Jul 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I would recommend the course. I would, however, recommend that you use the online/app version as it is more easily kept up to date.
Is the iPad course downloaded to the device or is an internet connection required?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The iPad course is able to stream the course or download to the device for offline viewing.
can a 501-c flying club purchase the pvt course and conduct classes with it for the club members?
Mike F on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, This product is licensed to an individual.
.How much equipment do I need just to set up the sporty pilot program? I understand yoke and rudders but what else
A shopper on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No equipment is needed. The course consists of videos.
I purchased the DVD version in 2014. Is it possible to convert to the online version to stay up-to-date?
Louis V on Jan 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, The cost would be $100.00. Return the DVDs and request that you be upgraded to the online course.
Is there a time limit on swapping out a new set of DVD's for an old set? I think mine date back to 2012.
A shopper on Aug 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We would be happy to update your DVD's. The cost is $100.00 for the updated disk.
I see the picture showing the DVDs with copyright in year 2011, are the video quality as good as the promotional video on youtube in 1080p? Or if i buying it now, the actual DVD receive will have been updated and showing newer years on the DVD cover?
C.K. C on Oct 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, all the videos are updated as soon as we add new segments. Most of these have been updated in the last 2 years in fact.
Does this DVD course cover all knowledge required for the written exam? For example, weather theory, physics of flight, rules of the road, weight - and - balance calculations etc.?
MikeE on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mike, Yes it does, but not in great detail. I reviewed the Sporty's course for a student of mine, and I returned it and got the King Schools Video Ground School instead. It is more thorough and has a better sequence, in my opinion.
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