Customer Reviews4.4 / 5.078 ReviewsDurability4.8 / 5Reliability4.8 / 5Performance4.6 / 5Ease Of Use4.7 / 5Value4.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (51)No (9)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesA good starting point and review toolI used Sporty's Instrument Rating course and recently received my rating. 86 on the written exam, passed oral and checkride on first try. However, I feel I would have failed both if I had relied on Sporty's course for initial knowledge acquisition.
I began by carefully reading the ASA Instrument Flying Handbook and making detailed notes. I took ground and flight instruction from a local instructor. After starting training, I started viewing the Sporty's videos. The videos do NOT provide the knowledge necessary to pass the exam, but they do give a feel for the IFR experience and some of the requirements. There is no mention of the IACRA process; my instructor had to help with that.
On the other hand, the Sporty's test prep tools were extremely helpful with passing the written and oral exams, and I plan to continue using the practice tests to help maintain currency. There were some questions on the exam that had not been on the practice tests.
My instructor also used the Sporty's syllabus as a training guide and checklist, and it is useful for that.
Overall, the course is very easy to use and has a lot of value, just don't depend on the videos to pass the exam.December 2, 2019Purchased
5 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesThis course is thorough and an excellent IFR course with lots of up to date information like gps approaches. No outdated crap like (respectfully omitted) videos.October 30, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI’m just in my first section and have gained so much knowledge about instrument flying. It is easy to understand and presented well.
Jim KelleyOctober 16, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat for FAA Knoweldge Test Prep WorkThe videos do a great job of explaining some of the FAA knowledge test questions in better clarity. Plus, the material in this course is presented in a logical order and is very easy to understand. Also, the tips presented for basic attitude instrument (BAI) flying have helped me smooth out my flying skills a lot as I progress through my instrument training.October 4, 2019Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesInstrument CourseEasy to use. Ihaven't completed it, so can't comment on how wellit prepares one for the written exam. Because I've had a military helicopter instrument rating for years, it is serving as a refresher and update in may respects. I do plan to go through the entire certification process for an airplane instrument rating. This seems well suited for me.October 2, 2019Purchased
3 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGoodI’ll give it 4 stars since i’m Half way through and it appears to be leading me in the right direction - the fifth star will be rewarded after my IPC is successful.October 1, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent Product!This is a great learning video series. Very detailed and comprehensive. Graphs, video's, tables, charts are all well put together and make the learning process enjoyable.September 9, 2019Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesVery good camera workThe videos are well made with good camera views and well timed narration. The animations help to visualize the situational awareness.August 29, 2019Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat CourseCFII here. Great course. Complte in every way. Also excellent for refreshing the rusty instrument pilot.August 21, 2019Purchased
4 months agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoJust an overview, not detailed enoughThis course was definitely not worth the price paid. It’s really not an in depth study course at all. They only cover the bare minimum of IFR in the videos. I felt as though I was doing well by the little tests after the videos, but they don’t reflect the actual test questions.
The course does include the FAA books that you can download, but those are already available at the FAA website, so you really aren’t gaining much by purchasing it.
I watched the videos and tried to take a sample test afterwards and didn’t even know the answers to the first 5 questions. Very disappointed. I am now looking for more study materials to take the written.
I feel as though I would’ve been better off watching YouTube videos and reading on the internet than using this course.
Basically, this material gives a good overview, but isn’t good enough to pass the written and it’s definitely not worth $199 in my opinion.August 13, 2019
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Browse 40 questions Browse 40 questions and 47 answershow long is online access?BEST ANSWER: There is no expiration date - you get free updates delivered automatically.Can this be chromcasted?BEST ANSWER: Yes it can - the Android app supports Chromecast.Do you get an endorsement, after completing the course satisfactorily, to take the knowledge test? Or must you still have a cfi signoff?BEST ANSWER: We will provide the signoff - no CFI required.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?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.Is an Android App available?BEST ANSWER: Yes there is - phones and tablets!Do I have to have apple tv to stream the course to my Samsung TV?BEST ANSWER: Easiest option to stream the video you'll need to use ROKU or directly through the internet. If you can use a web browser on your TV and type the website address, login and password it should work. I use ROKU and my laptop. Works perfectly that way.Will this course log progress in Garmin Pilot like it does into ForeFlight?BEST ANSWER: No, it does not work with the Garmin Pilot.I am currently working on the Sporty’s instrument course. Will my course update to the newer version or do I have to pay another $200?BEST ANSWER: If you are using the online or app course it will automatically update.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 youBEST 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.Does it work on lap top that is not apple product?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will work on any web browser. We recommend chrome.Is this course/ground school certificate still usable for the helicopter ifr training?BEST ANSWER: The course will provide you with the IFR knowledge. The endorsement that you receive is specific for an instrument airplane. You would need your instructor to provide the endorsement for the knowledge exam.Does this ground school count as an approved at home course study to obtain the IFR license and what proof is required for the practical test?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does count as the ground school. You will have the complete test results from the FAA exam.If I purchase the DVD series do I have access to the online course?BEST ANSWER: No, but if you like to upgrade. You can purchase the online course with access to the app as well for $100.00. Just return the DVD's to us and request that you be upgraded.How do I access the course from my iPhone? I can’t remember the website or address and can’t find it on Sporty’s website.Is there an upgrade option for Version 2 for those who have version 1 ? I have Sporty's Instrument V1.13 installed and have my IFR rating but would enjoy staying current using the latest version and seeing the added content.BEST ANSWER: Please send a screenshot showing all of the videos being unlocked or a receipt to email@example.com and we can give you access.Does the Instrument course cover steam gauges, or is it G1000 only?BEST ANSWER: The course covers steam gauges but does include the glass panelsCan you print a page or picture for review later (.pdf)? I like paper better than screens and a 6 pack better than a PFD?Sporty's Instrument Rating Course (Online, App and TV)BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can print the PdfIs this course “taught” by , Rob Rider?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the course is narrated by Rob Riderwill this course work to prepare for the CFII written?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will help you prepare for the CFI-IIs the IFR course on DVD the same as the one online? If not what's different?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the courses are the same. The online has some a few more software features but the video content is the same.How long do I have access to the course online once purchased?BEST ANSWER: If you purchase the course you will always have access. If you have access from the platinum flight crew the access is valid as long as your subscription is active.Is there a "textbook/handbook" to follow along with the video and for review?BEST ANSWER: The videos use the Pilot's handbook of aeronautical knowledge and the airplane flying handbook, and the FAR/AIM as a reference. These books will explain in greater detail the videos.I purchased the 2017 course last fall. Can it be updated for 2018?BEST ANSWER: If you have the online it was updated automatically to the 2018 course.If I purchase the course through the app with iTunes do I still get access to the content on my computer?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will still have access to the app and the online course - just be sure to create a Sporty's account in the app to enable progress sync.Can I play the videos on Android smartphones?BEST ANSWER: Yes, with the online version and a web browser. We also have a native Android app available in the Google Play store.Does this course include access to the G1000 simulator software?BEST ANSWER: No, that is included with our Garmin G1000 course.Should I purchase the course, can I access/download any module on different devices, sometimes i will use my ipad, other times maybe my iphone?. ThanksBEST ANSWER: Yes, you will have access to download the modules on different devices. Any device that is signed into the same account can download videos.The answers to the tech questions are ambiguous. What are the differences between the app and online lessions? In example which can be downloaded to be used offline on which devise? Why is there an online version if the app can be viewed online or offline?BEST ANSWER: The online version is only views online, a streaming connection. The App (iPad/iPhone) version allows the lessons to be download and viewed without an internet connection. You get access to both.Is the certificate internationally recognised? If you do the sign off is there no practical ?BEST ANSWER: The endorsement to for taking the Instrument written test only.Is there a time limit on the program?BEST ANSWER: There is no time limit on using the program.
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