Learn To Fly Course - Private Pilot Test Prep (Online, App and TV)

2020 edition now available!

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2020 edition now available

Ace your FAA written test, save money during flight training, and become a better pilot with Sporty’s 2020 Learn to Fly Course. Over 15 hours of HD video and animations explain everything you need to know to earn your Private Pilot certificate and feel confident in the left seat. Combine that with powerful test prep tools, a comprehensive document library, and convenient app options, and you have aviation’s most complete training course.

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2020 edition now available

Ace your FAA written test, save money during flight training, and become a better pilot with Sporty’s 2020 Learn to Fly Course. Over 15 hours of HD video and animations explain everything you need to know to earn your Private Pilot certificate and feel confident in the left seat. Combine that with powerful test prep tools, a comprehensive document library, and convenient app options, and you have aviation’s most complete training course.

What's new:

  • Expanded video segments cover important topics like real world communication scenarios, tips for training with the iPad, flying with glass cockpits, using new weather forecast tools, and more.
  • New test prep tools in Sporty’s Pilot Training app for iOS and Android allow you to focus on your weakest areas by tracking progress in dozens of subject areas, then creating smart study sessions.
  • Chromecast integration and a RokuTV channel (in addition to our existing Apple TV app) mean you can watch Sporty’s videos anywhere - even your smart TV. And your progress always stays in sync.
  • An FAA library offers access to 25 popular resources, from the Airplane Flying Handbook to important Advisory Circulars - over $300 in books for free. The Pilot Training app includes powerful PDF tools like bookmarks and search.
  • Checkride Prep Flashcards test your knowledge of key subjects the examiner will ask about, and a complete checkride checklist explains everything you need for the big day.
  • Video review notes make it easy to review the key points from every video segment. Included free with the course, it’s easy to read as you watch each segment, or print out the entire document for use as a refresher.
  • A redesigned online training portal is simpler, faster, and mobile-friendly. It’s easy to use on all your devices, and there’s no software to download. Perfect for on-the-go studying.
  • Free lifetime updates mean you’ll always have access to the latest information and study tools. This includes all platforms, from your phone to your TV. There are no subscriptions and no upgrade fees.

 

10 reasons pilots prefer Sporty's courses:

1. Five formats, one price

We know you’re busy, so our course is available almost anywhere. Use our online learning platform for complete access to videos and quizzes anywhere you have an internet connection. There’s no software to install – just log in and start learning. Or use our dedicated mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Apple TV, and Roku, which allow you to download videos for offline viewing. Progress automatically syncs between all formats so you can start a study session on your phone and finish on your laptop without missing a beat.

Completion certificate2. Get your written test endorsement

When you complete the course, we’ll  give you the flight instructor endorsement to take the written test—instantly! You can take this endorsement to the FAA testing center, and log it in your ForeFlight logbook. It's complete preparation for the FAA Knowledge Test.

3. Pass all your tests—guaranteed!

Our course is so complete we guarantee you’ll pass all three tests: the written, oral and flight. Our video segments 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.

HD Maneuvers4. Dynamic in-flight video

Sporty’s courses are famous for their HD video and 3D animations. Not a boring ground school, we put you in the cockpit for a real world look at what flying is all about. You’ll see the flight maneuvers from the left seat, and you’ll hear actual communications with air traffic control. Plus, each video segment includes helpful review notes for efficient studying, and many also have review quizzes to reinforce key concepts. 

5. 32 fully-narrated hd maneuvers

In addition to the comprehensive video segments, Sporty’s Learn to Fly course also includes a detailed maneuvers guide. All 32 maneuvers you might be tested on are included, with a 3D animation of the maneuver, narrated procedures, common errors, and completion standards. It’s a great way to review for the checkride.

Test Prep Tools6. Powerful test prep tools

You’ll ace the written test with our interactive tools. Create customized study sessions from our proprietary database of over 1,000 FAA test questions and see the right and wrong answers, plus plain English explanations written by our team of CFIs. Detailed analytics show you which areas need the most help, and allow you to study only the questions you’ve missed. Then, take a practice test that simulates the real knowledge exam you'll have to pass. 

7. Flight instructor tracking

We make it easy for your instructor to follow your progress through the course, so you always stay in sync with your in-person lessons. Invite a CFI to see your practice test scores and review your video progress.

8. Ask a CFI

If you're stumped by a difficult subject, talk to the experienced flight instructors at Sporty's. We have a team of over 25 CFIs on staff at our flight school, training students every day just like you, so they can offer quick, helpful answers. Just click the Ask a CFI button to send a message.

Complete Training Syllabus

9. Complete training syllabus and ACS

Research shows that pilots learn better when they use a high quality syllabus. We include a complete Training Course Outline as part of our course – the same one we use in our flight school. It includes detailed outlines for both ground and flight lessons. Think of it as a bridge between your at-home study and flight training. Our course also includes the full text of the FAA’s Airman Certification Standards (ACS) - your guide to the checkride - and cross-references each task to the video segments.

10. Free Lifetime Updates

When you buy a Sporty's course, you're gaining access to a a training platform that's always up to date and always improving. We are continually adding new video segments to reflect new regulations and technology. We also refresh our FAA test question database regularly, so you don't study outdated topics. There's no additional fee or subscription to receive these updates - just log in and learn!

 

More Powerful Features:

  • Covers Private, Recreational, and Sport Pilot - train for one or all three certificates with one course.
  • Download videos for offline viewing in the app or stream them with an internet connection.
  • Automatic progress sync between all formats.
  • Smart study sessions help you drill on your weakest subjects.
  • Air Facts segments go beyond the textbook to make you a proficient pilot.
  • Review notes and quick quizzes after most videos help you review your progress.
  • Closed captioned videos help students whose first language is not English.
  • Connect to your ForeFlight logbook to log your written test endorsement.
  • Redbird GIFT integration: use Sporty's course with Redbird simulators.
  • Earn FAA WINGS credit and save on your insurance.
  • Automatic updates mean you learn the latest information.

 

The Aviation Consumer's top pick

“The course videos are professional, well-organized and come with a highly useful search function.”

“It’s nearly impossible to find fault with this course.”

“It puts worthy focus on aeronautical decision-making and real-world flying scenarios.”

“Our top pick... Its content is engaging, intuitive, highly portable and provides the greatest number of study options for all aspects of initial training.”

 

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AVAILABLE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES, TRY FOR FREE:

Online Course using a web browser – Login here

iPhone/iPad in Sporty's Pilot Training app – Apple App Store

AppleTV app – 4th Generation AppleTV or newer

Android in Sporty's Pilot Training app – Google Play Store

RokuTV App – search for the Sporty's Pilot Training Channel on your Roku device

Fly at Sporty’s Academy

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.

 

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 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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

Also includes Recreational and Sport Pilot Learning tracks. 

Course Update History

What's New in Version 6.0 - October 21, 2019
Updated to the new Sporty's 2020 Learn to Fly Course

Adds ten new video segments covering the following topics

- Communications at towered and non-towered airports
- Advanced landing techniques, including how to handle crosswinds, no-flap landings and recovering from faulty landings
- How glass-cockpit systems work and how to fly with digital flight instruments
- Techniques for using the iPad during flight training
- How to use the Graphical Forecast for Aviation (GFA) weather resource
- New segment on flying high-performance and complex airplanes

New Test Prep Tools - Sporty’s Pilot Training app, available for iOS and Android and included with your purchase, adds a number of powerful test prep tools. The app tracks your progress in multiple subject areas, so you can focus on your weakest topics for maximum efficiency. Once you’ve studied each area, create a study session based on all marked questions or all missed questions. You can also create a smart study session, where the app learns from your progress and creates customized quizzes to drill on topics that need improvement.

Test Prep Syncing - 
All online and app platforms include a new syncing engine that allows you to resume and review all test prep sessions on any of your devices, regardless of where the session was started.

Checkride Prep - interactive Checkride Prep Flashcards are an easy way to test your knowledge of key subjects, ensuring you’ll be ready to talk about regulations, airspace, and systems. Next, a complete practical test checklist explains everything you need for the big day, from certificates to logbook entries. Finally, a special video segment shows you what to expect on the checkride, with tips from an active pilot examiner.

New Smart TV Apps - New for 2020, full Chromecast integration and an all-new RokuTV channel (in addition to our existing Apple TV app) mean you can watch Sporty’s videos almost anywhere.

FAA Handbooks - Adds access to over 25 popular FAA resources. From the Airplane Flying Handbook to important Advisory Circulars, it’s all here - over $300 in books for free. In the Pilot Training app, you can view full resolution color PDFs and use powerful document tools like bookmarks and search to organize your studying.

This is a free update for all existing users, and new customers will get lifetime updates after purchase.


June 7, 2019

The Learn to Fly Course in the mobile Pilot Training app for iOS and Android now includes all the FAA Handbooks for convenient studying. These are viewable in a new powerful document reader in both app platforms, that allows for easier reading, searching and bookmarking when viewing each document.

 

What's New in Version 5.4 - February 15, 2019

Five new video segments added covering pilot communication procedures at non-towered airports, Class B, Class C, Class D airspace and airports, and en route communications with ATC.

 

What's New in Version 5.3 - January 31, 2019

New Sporty's Roku Pilot Training Channel allows you to access the Learn to Fly Course on the popular Roku smartTV platform. Also adds Chromecast support for the Android version of the Pilot Training app.

 

What's New in Version 5.2 - December 23, 2018

The iPhone and iPad apps were updated with an improved Test Prep interface. The new design includes colorblind accessibility enhancements and provides a better experience when studying for FAA tests on the iPhone's smaller screen.

What's New in Version 5.1 - December 7, 2018

The Android app now includes complete FAA test prep features, allowing you to study test prep questions, answers and detailed explanations for the Private, Sport and Recreational Pilot tests. The app also now allows you to take simulated practice tests and earn your knowledge test endorsement based on your Android test results.

What's New in Version 5.0 - October 24, 2018

Updated to the new Sporty's 2019 Learn to Fly Course

Online Course Features
- Video Search: quickly find a specific video segment based on a keyword search
- All new FAA Test Prep: a new faster test prep module features 3 new study modes, Smart Study, Marked Question Study and Incorrectly Answered Questions study
- Test Prep Analytics: see detailed reports on past performance in each category of question
- Test Prep Answer References: each question includes a link to view the specific FAA reference book or resource from which the question is based.
- CFI Progress Sharing: this feature was enhanced to allow you to share the specific video segments you've completed, and how you answered each question on practice tests
- CloudAhoy Integration: Connect your CloudAhoy account to view an analysis of the maneuvers completed on each flight, with links to view the corresponding flight training video segment from the course
- FAA Handbooks: quick access to all the FAA handbooks and reference guides

NEW Android App
- view all the video segments on an Android phone or tablet
- progress automatically syncs with the online course and iOS app
- automatically included with the 2019 Learn to Fly Course

iPhone/iPad App
- Video Search: quickly find a specific video segment based on a keyword search
- Test Prep Answer References: each question includes a link to view the specific FAA reference book or resource from which the question is based.

What's New in Version 4.1 - June 11, 2018

- includes the new version of the Airman Certification Standards (ACS), FAA-S-ACS-6B. Each ACS Task includes a video review section that allows you to quickly access the corresponding video training content.
- includes updated FAA test prep questions/answers and incorporates the updated figures from the new version of the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement, version FAA-CT-8080-2H

 

What's New in Version 4.0.2 - February 15, 2018

The Pilot Training iOS app for iPhone/iPad was updated to prevent downloaded video files from being included in daily iCloud backups.

What's New in Version 4.0.1 - November 13, 2017

The Pilot Training iOS app for iPhone/iPad adds support for iPhone X. The video player in the app was updated to include a faster and improved video player with new features: rewind/fast-forward 15 seconds, AirPlay directly to AppleTV, video subtitles.

 

What's New in Version 4.0 - October 19, 2017

The 2018 Learn to Fly Course now includes all 3 platforms for the same price: online, iPhone/iPad app and AppleTV app. This update also includes a new tracking system to keep your video and test score progress in sync between all 3 platforms.

New features:

- All-new iOS app available in the app store, called Sporty's Pilot Training
- 32 fully-narrated HD maneuvers
- Flight instructor tracking: invite your CFI to monitor your progress
- Review notes with each video allow you to quickly review segments with text and video
- Enhanced review quizzes allow you to jump to the section of the video for a thorough explanation

- Subtitles added to all videos

- Redbird GIFT integration allows you to use Sporty’s course with Redbird simulators

 

What's New in Version 3.9.1 - June 12, 2017

- updated to include the 2017 Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for Private Pilot, which is fully integrated with the video training to cover each task and maneuver required for your checkride.

What's New in Version 3.9 - May 19, 2017

- the interactive maneuvers guide has come to life with 31 new animated HD videos, each narrated with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the maneuver.

Added new HD video segments covering the following topics:

• 6 rules for VFR Cross-Country Flying
• Your Deceptive Flying Mind
• Runway Markings
• The Private Pilot Oral and Flight Test
• Flying the Cessna Skylane
• Remote Communications

 

What's New in Version 3.8 - January 10, 2017

- includes new high-resolution figures and images for the written test prep component of the course, providing much greater detail when answering questions.

What's New in Version 3.7 - December 21, 2016

- updated quiz questions following video segments for more accurate review
- new video segments covering ATC, staying calm in the clouds, instrument tips, and more
- Lightspeed Tryout program offers access to Sierra ANR headset for monthly fee

 

What's New in Version 3.6 - October 26, 2016

- added the latest FAA test questions to the written test prep component of the course
- incorporates the latest version of the Airman Knowledge Test Supplement for the FAA test prep questions

What's New in Version 3.5 - October 13, 2016

Added new HD video segments covering the following topics:

- ADS-B surveillance, traffic and in-flight weather
- Aircraft performance charts
- Maximum performance takeoffs and landings
- Advanced weather theory
- Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)

What's New in Version 3.4 - June 15, 2016

- includes the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for the private pilot, 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
Added new HD video segments covering the following topics: new student pilot certificate, Airman Certification Standards (ACS)

What's New in Version 3.3 - March 1, 2016

Added new HD video segments covering the following topics:

• Go/No-Go decision
• Training airplanes
• Introduction to the Cockpit
• How airplane engines work
• Prop, fuel and electrical systems
• Preflight
• Starting the engine
• Radio communications
• Taxiing the airplane
• Traffic pattern operations

What's New in Version 3.1 - January 6, 2016

Adds new HD video segments on the following topics:

• Ground Reference Maneuvers (S-turns across a road and turns around a point)
• Steep Turns
• Touch and Go Landings
• Emergency Procedures
• Weather Theory (Fog, Atmospheric Pressure and Thunderstorms
• Weather Forecasts & Reports (METARs, TAFs, Radar imagery)
• Pitot/Static System
• Runway Safety
• Aerodynamics
• Aeromedical Factors
• Medical Certificates

What's New in Version 3.0 - November 1, 2015

Improved HD Video Playback—We've completely revamped the video playback in the course for a much better viewing experience. The course now detects your bandwidth and automatically play the highest quality video available (including full 1080p HD when available). The new video player also makes it much easier to fast forward within a video segment, and includes better progress tracking logic.

When watching on an iPad or iPhone in the Safari web browser, you can also take advantage of the iOS 9 picture-in-picture multitasking feature. This allows you to "pop" the video out of the web browser and continue to watch the video while using another app.

What's New in Version 2.9 - September 24, 2015

Ask a CFI—This new feature allows you to get in touch with the experienced CFIs at Sporty's Academy right from the course to ask questions about the course training materials, content in the FAA written test or other aviation topics related to your flight training.


What's New in Version 2.8 - September 3, 2015

Adds all new HD video segments on the following topics:

Ground reference maneuvers

Taxi Tips

Airplane Engines

Aerodynamics

Closer Look at Angle of Attack

Slow Flight (flight maneuver)

Power-on and Power-off Stalls

 

What's New in Version 2.7 - February 11, 2015

We've enhanced the Knowledge Test Endorsement request feature -- you'll now receive your endorsement certificate immediately after completing the course. And now your request FAA Wings credit will be processed immediately after course completion.

What's New in Version 2.6 - October 18, 2014

We added all new HD video sections to the course covering night flying, aviation charts, flight planning, weather theory, airspace and cross-country flying

What's New in Version 2.5 - June 1, 2014

This update adds a new course management feature, allowing you to view completion status and access all your Sporty's online courses from a single location

What's New in Version 2.4 - February 10, 2014

This update adds the new FAA test prep supplement required for Private, Recreational and Sport Pilot written testing. The figures and legends are now displayed as full-color, high-resolution images, making it easier to see and interpret the information required to answer the FAA questions in the test prep section of the course.

What’s New in Version 2.3 - October 4, 2013

This update adds a new feature to the video training section of the app. Now after viewing select video segments you’ll be presented with a short quiz containing FAA test questions covering content from that video segment.

What’s New in Version 2.2 - July 9, 2013

We’ve added a helpful new feature in the test prep section of the course that allows you to pause and save your progress during a knowledge test session, and return later to finish. You can also now review a detailed record of your past test prep sessions, and see your answer selections and explanations for each question.

What’s New in Version 2.1 - October 1, 2012

Added compatibility with Internet Explorer 10

What’s New in Version 2.0 - March 1, 2012

Sporty’s is proud to announce all new content and a brand new modern HTML5 interface for the Learn to Fly Course, and the upgrade is free for existing users:

  • New HTML5 design means the course is compatible with all popular web browsers and mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android.
  • The Learn to Fly Course now includes training for all 3 pilot certificates: Private, Recreational and Sport. You choose the track that’s right for you.
  • Improved video streaming for lighting-fast playback.
  • After successfully completing the course, you can now receive both FAA Wings credit and an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge test
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Notes:

  • Requires Chrome, Safari, FireFox, Internet Explorer or iPad/Android web browser
  • iOS app requires iOS 11 or higher
  • AppleTV app requires 4th generation AppleTV or newer
  • Accepted for FAA Wings Credit

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I am about 65% through the course. The videos are easy to follow and the section notes below the video are a great addition. I have no real concept of how difficult the FAA Airman Standards fest is but I fell the quiz questions may be a little too easy or the video just simply does a great job delivering the necessary information. I will definitely be considering Sportys IFR ground school program in the future.
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1)Will this course enable me to pass the oral portion of the FAA test as well?
2)How does it help with the flight portion of the test? Does it take you thru the steps of flying the aircraft?
Thanks in advance for your answer.
Neil P on Jan 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is total preparation - the written/knowledge test for sure, but also the oral portion and the checkride. While there's a written test prep tool to practice all the questions, the videos are focused on really teaching the material so you understand it, not just memorize it. You'll also get a preview of the checkride in the last part of the videos. This is a complete course.
Can I also use the iPhone/iPad app if I only buy the online version? Or do I have to buy both the online and the iOS version in order to watch the videos on both my PC and my iPhone?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: With the new 2018 courses, you get access to the online version, the iOS app, and the Apple TV app - all for the same price and all with automatic sync. Just buy once and use it anywhere.
For the online format how long is the material available to you?
Darrell A on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is no expiration date - you get free updates delivered automatically.
Can the "Learn To Fly Couse" be used for 2 people in the same family? My son and I are planning to take the course. Is it possible to buy one course & both my son and I use it?
J V on Oct 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can both use the course, however only one person is able to receive the endoresement for the FAA written course.
Is this ground school acceptable?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure what "acceptable" is in this context, so I'll address a couple of them:
1)Do the FAA testing centers accept the Sporty's Certificate of Completion? Yes.
2)Is the training sufficient to pass the test? Yes. I just finished with the video training and practiced the questions until I mastered them. I scored a 98% on the FAA Test (missed one question).
3)Are the videos any good? Absolutely. They add a lot of context to the questions that you can't get by just reading the questions and memorizing the answers.
4)Are the test questions identical to those on the test? Not exactly. Some are, some are different. For example, no practice question addresses the test question that asks about the Mode required on the transponder when squawking 1200. The answer is to set the transponder to "Mode 3/A Code 1200". It was the only question I missed.

I hope this answers the question.

3)
Does it have a quiz at the end of each section or chapter?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are short quizzes (2-3 questions) roughly every other video. These questions do not effect the progress of your lessons if answered incorrectly. They are there to help you.
Is this program part 141 approved? As in if I take this course can I take the test to begin flight training at a part 141 facility? I've gotten mixed answers here. I am trying to get around the 35 hour in class requirement with an instructor, hoping this will allow me to save a few dollars.
KC M on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A part 141 program is approved by the FAA for each flight school that teaches a 141 program. If the flight school that you are going to attend is using our program in their part 141 flight school it would be approved for that flight school. It is approved for use here at Sportys for our part 141 flight school.
I am debating between the VFR Refresher and the Private Pilot Test Prep course to catch me up on everything since I haven't flown in 20 years. Which product is more thorough?
Jordan F on Oct 4, 2016
Learn To Fly Course - Private Pilot Test Prep (Online, App and TV)
Learn To Fly Course - Private Pilot Test Prep (Online, App and TV)
Sporty's VFR Refresher Kit
Sporty's VFR Refresher Kit
BEST ANSWER: The Learn to Fly course is much more thorough.
I purchased the Sporty's online Private Pilot Course a year ago. Do I need to upgrade that course to this 2017 version?
Patrick on Mar 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just log into the course and you will have the most current program.
Can I also watch the videos on my iPhone if I buy the online version? Or do I have to purchase both the online and the iPhone version in order to watch the videos on both my PC and my iPhone?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: With the 2018 course, you get access to the online, iOS app, and Apple TV app - all for the same price and all with automatic sync. Just buy once and use it anywhere.
Does this course take place of any classroom training or costs of flight school?
A shopper on Jan 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The course is a complete ground school. You can obtain your FAA written before you begin your actual flight training. Your instructor may still want to go over the information to ensure that you have the required knowledge.
I currently have the pilots handbook of aeronautical knowledge and Airplane Flying Handbook. Will I need to purchase other books or products to go along with the Sportys Private Pilot Online Training curriculum? I'm trying to decide if I should get the kit since I already have two of the books.
Thanks
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Pamela G on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The only other book that would be needed would be the current FAR/AIM.
Does this course cover talking to ATC in enough detail? I am a new student pilot and the thing that intimidates me the most is ATC, and I just want to make sure this course could help me with that (as well as everything else). Thanks
A shopper on Aug 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This course covers the basic. We do have a VFR Communications course that go into a little more detail.
Have the issues been addressed about the quizzes to matching up with the videos?
Jon Q. on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have not had an issue with questions not corresponding to the videos. In other words, the quizzes match the videos, so I guess it has been fixed.
How many hours of material?
A shopper on Apr 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 23 hours.
Is there any discounts for veterans?
Grunt on Jul 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a military discount.
What items other than the course will I need to get the most out of it (the course)?
A shopper on Nov 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The course is complete. If you are looking for an additional item I would recommend taking a look at our deluxe kit item 4100A.
Can you log into this from different computers? EX: like my work computer at the office as well as my home computer? or do you download it directly onto a single computer?
Randy K on Aug 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The web based one can be accessed from anywhere. I have logged in from 3 different computers and my laptop.
If purchased as a gift for my son how long would he have access to the program?
Shane T on Nov 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: He is only 10 and couldn't get is license for 6 years but would like to start now. Would he get all the updates?
Hiw many hours to complete course?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The course has approximately 24 hours of video. Most students complete the course in about 6 weeks.
Do you offer a military discount?
Cameron K on Jan 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a military discount.
Can this course replace reading a private pilot book?
GareeN on Aug 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be used as a stand-alone course.
What is the guarantee for passing the written, oral and checkride?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you do not pass we will refund the cost of the course.
How far can I go? If I complete the course can I take the written + oral/P? Can I skip any portioms of a flight school by completing this course?
A shopper on Mar 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I took nothing but the Sporty class and passed the Sport Pilot written test with 88% with no studying with my CFI - nothing but Sporty's. For the oral, I imagine there'll be far more on the oral, performance, etc, but the Sporty's class is top notch! I think everyone should skip the 'ground school' at their flight school, not paying $60-$70/hr to have someone teach them what they can drill on their own at their own convenience for $200. CFIs are for dual instruction, imho, not for ground school, unless you have specific questions you want explained by them.
What would the youngest appropriate age be for the course?
A shopper on Sep 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The question is a bit subjective as age can be a factor but it's more about the ability to understand some complex scenarios. Flying involves the understanding of aerodynamics and the application of that theory to actually flying an airplane.

A student pilot must be at least 16 years old to solo an airplane. The solo flight is one in which there is no instructor in the airplane for the duration of the flight. Many young pilots start primary flight training before their 16th birthday and many start the ground school prior to that.

In short, what I am saying is that it doesn't make sense for anyone younger than 15 years of age to undertake this course however, if they want to learn about flying, weather, navigation planning, and communications, from the perspective of being a pilot, then they can certainly take the course. There may be aspects of it that make no sense whatsoever but again, it depends on the student and their aptitude.
How do I access this course via Apple TV? Do I have to load/buy something using iTunes, or does the Apple TV have a way to do that? (If it does, I'm not seeing it.)
A shopper on Nov 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Note that the Apple TV app only works on the latest generation (4th) Apple TV. Previous models do not have access to the Apple TV app store.
Will the online program work with Android 5.1? I have a Lenovo tablet dedicated to learning to fly apps.
Derwood S on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It needs a browser to access the online web url.I tried it on my Samsung S5 Galaxy and it works. Hope this helps.
If I purchase the Learn to Fly course and use the Android Pilot Training app, are all the videos downloadable and available for offline watching? Is there any content that would not be available offline?
A shopper on Dec 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All of the content is the same. It should be downloadable on the app.
My flight school uses piper warriors. Does this ground school reference 172s or is it more general ?
A shopper on Nov 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It references 172 but most training aircraft are very similar.
After I complete the course, how long is the certificate of completion valid? Can I retake the course to generate another certificate if the first one expires before I take the written test? Is there an option to go through the course multiple times before generating the certificate?
Dakota M on Nov 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The completion certificate does not expire. The course will only generate one endorsement. I would recommend that you want until you are ready to take the exam to download the endorsement.
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