Sporty’s Webinar Series

Sporty’s is pleased to offer its Webinar Series to our valued customers. These live, multimedia presentations are informative and interactive, allowing the presenter to use slides and audio, while audience members can participate in a variety of ways.

Sporty’s Webinar Series will touch on a variety of topics from training to new products and services to help you stay informed. For your convenience, all webinars will be archived so you can attend anytime your schedule permits.

  • Stay informed and current
  • Convenient and easy-to-use webinar format
  • Opportunity to participate and ask questions
  • Delivered by the expert staff at Sporty’s

Registration is required, and space is limited

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2019 Schedule

Sporty’s 2019 Learn to Fly Course – course demo and tutorialWednesday, January 233:00pm ETSporty's Bret Koebbe and Eric RadtkeSign Up

Sporty’s offers another extensive suite of updates in its 2019 course editions. Online course users will appreciate the enhanced test prep tools. Detailed analytics show pilots which topics need the most work, and smart study sessions automatically tailor questions to each user’s specific needs. A comprehensive video search tool makes it easy to review specific topics. Keeping your flight instructor in the loop is easier than ever - CFIs are able to view a complete listing of all videos in the course and which have been completed and, in turn, assign segments to review and stay apprised of completed material.   Continuing its growth as a fully integrated training platform, CloudAhoy is now integrated into the courses. Users can connect their CloudAhoy account to their Sporty’s course so any flights logged with CloudAhoy will sync, including a listing of each flight maneuver from the lesson.   The 2019 course editions can now can be accessed through a native Android app for phones, tablets and Chromebooks. The Pilot Training app allows pilots to stream video segments or download them for offline viewing, and also offers customized study sessions. Register now for the complete 2019 course tutorial. Presented by Bret Koebbe & Eric Radtke 

Bret Koebbe - Bret is vice president and senior flight instructor for Sporty’s Academy.  In addition to Bret’s teaching responsibilities, Bret leads Sporty’s video production and app development team and serves as editor of the popular iPad Pilot News online journal.  As an airline transport pilot, Bret is a senior captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department. Bret is a highly respected resource in the area of electronic flight bag operations. His presentations throughout the country regularly reach capacity.

Eric Radtke - Eric serves as president of Sporty’s Academy, the education division of Sporty’s Pilot Shop and Director of Aviation at the University of Cincinnati.  A gold seal flight instructor and airline transport pilot, Eric is a senior captain in the Sporty’s Corporate Flight Department. Eric also serves as editor of Sporty’s flight training blog at StudentPilotNews.com.

Space is limited so enroll now.

GFC600 AutopilotTuesday, Feb. 138:00pm ETGarmin's Matt ClarkSign Up

The full-featured GFC 600 & GFC 500 autopilots provide thousands of existing fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with a simple, light-weight and cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Designed as a standalone autopilot, the GFC 600 also has integration potential with the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, Garmin navigators, as well as a variety of third-party flight displays, instruments and navigation sources. The GFC 600 is designed for high performance piston and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of aircraft speed and performance characteristics and boasts traditional autopilot capabilities along with Indicated airspeed climbs/descents, control wheel steering, as well as built-in roll steering. The GFC 600 also incorporates solid state attitude and robust self-monitoring capabilities to provide superior autopilot performance, greater reliability and safety benefits. As Garmin continues to broaden its aircraft approval list for the GFC 600, join us for this webinar presentation to learn if a Garmin autopilot is right for you.

Garmin Aviation - with the most comprehensive lineup of avionics upgrades in the industry, Garmin offers solutions for most any budget and mission. Garmin avionics solutions help provide industry-leading capabilities, increase situational awareness and enhance decision-making like never before.

Space is limited so enroll now.

Datalink Weather: how to use ADS-B and SiriusXM in the cockpitTuesday, March 78:00pm ETSporty's John ZimmermanSign Up

Join AirFacts editor and weather guru John Zimmerman for a discussion of in-flight weather services and real world weather flying strategies. From the basics of weather theory to real world tips, this webinar is packed with information you can use on your next flight. Includes a review of actual trips flown with different technology, and the lessons learned. Learn about the options for portable weather receivers, a market that has grown significantly in recent years. From Sentry and Stratus to Garmin GDL and Dual, you’ll learn what these devices can do and how to use them in flight.

John Zimmerman - John leads the Sporty’s Pilot Shop team and serves as editor of Air Facts Journal.  John is also an accomplished pilot holding an airline transport pilot certificate and ratings for glider and seaplane as well as rotary wing.  His flying ranges from the Citabria to a Pilatus to a Robinson R44. John’s vast aviation experience makes him well-suited to provide thoughtful weather insights.

Space is limited so enroll now.

Get the most from ForeFlight - advanced tips for aviation’s top appMonday, March 288:00pm ETRyan McBride, ForeFlightSign Up

ForeFlight, the most popular app for pilots, blends flight planning, charts, aviation weather, airport information, documents, synthetic vision and even a logbook into one complete resource . But like any software, there’s a lot to learn and new features being added continuously. Spending some time exploring what’s new, the advanced features, and shortcuts can really pay off. This is a great webinar for experienced ForeFlight users looking to go beyond the basics. Join Ryan McBride, lead product designer at ForeFlight, for some expert advice on getting the most from your app.

Ryan McBride - Ryan is Lead Product Designer at ForeFlight. He has been flying since he was seventeen and received his Private Pilot license from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at The University of North Dakota.

Space is limited so enroll now.

Instrument Proficiency CheckTuesday, April 168:00pm ETSporty's Eric Radtke & David ZittSign Up

Earning an instrument rating is a fun and rewarding experience that will give you added confidence and provide more options and greater utility. But instrument flying is also unforgiving, and requires more than just passing a checkride – it requires a system of continuing education and proficiency. While your instrument flying skills and cockpit management techniques will no doubt be sharp when you earn the rating, instrument skills and knowledge can degrade quickly. Join us for Instrument Proficiency Check to sharpen those instrument flying fundamentals. Topics will include regulations and procedures and strategies for maintaining instrument proficiency.

Eric Radtke - Eric is president of Sporty’s Academy, the education division of Sporty’s Pilot Shop and Director of Aviation at the University of Cincinnati.  A gold seal flight instructor and airline transport pilot, Eric is a senior captain in the Sporty’s Corporate Flight Department.  Eric also serves as editor of Sporty’s flight training blog at StudentPilotNews.com.

David Zitt - David is a senior flight instructor and vice president of flight operations at Sporty’s Academy.  David oversees all aviation services delivered at Sporty’s campus at Clermont County Airport in Batavia, OH including pilot training, charter operations and aircraft management. David’s glass-panel flying experience is extensive in everything from Cirrus to Cessna to corporate jets.

Space is limited so enroll now.

Becoming an airline pilot - keys to achieving your dreamThursday, May 238:00pm ETSporty's Eric Radtke & Alan NguyenSign Up

The demand for professional pilots has never been greater. If you’ve been dreaming about the challenge, adventure and rewards as a career as a professional pilot, there’s never been a better time to make that change and begin your training.  Recent data indicates that pilot certification changes have had far-reaching effects on pilot certification levels for commercial and ATP pilots and flight departments are experiencing a shortage of qualified pilots.

By the numbers:
617,000 – Total number of pilots that will be needed over the next 20 years globally (Boeing)
$59,970 – average 1st year salary at 90% of regional air carriers (Flying Magazine)

Join us for this informative presentation on keys to success as a professional pilot. We’ll explore traditional career pathways, collegiate and academy training programs, and regulations governing ATP certification. Hear insightful tips from a regional airline pilot and learn first-hand what life on the line is really like. If you’re considering a career in aviation, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

Eric Radtke - Eric is president of Sporty’s Academy, the education division of Sporty’s Pilot Shop and Director of Aviation at the University of Cincinnati.  A gold seal flight instructor and airline transport pilot, Eric is a senior captain in the Sporty’s Corporate Flight Department.  Eric also serves as editor of Sporty’s flight training blog at StudentPilotNews.com.

Alan Nguyen - Alan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and flight instructor at Sporty’s Academy . Alan is also a content developer and editor for Sporty’s course development team. In addition to his duties at Sporyt’s, Alan is an airline transport pilot and  first officer for a regional airline and pilots the CRJ 700/900 series aircraft.

Space is limited so enroll now.

Pass your checkrideThursday, June 278:00pm ETDPE Jason BlairSign Up

Taking a checkride can be a stressful event, but it doesn’t have to be. Understanding exactly what to expect in your oral and practical, and how to prepare effectively, can make all the difference between disaster and a valuable, enriching experience. Join Designated Pilot Examiner Jason Blair, as he unlocks the mysteries of the checkride and provides you with the knowledge, tips and strategies to ace your next exam.

Space is limited so enroll now.

Weather fundamentals and strategy with Meteorologist Scott DimmichThursday, July 188:00pm ETSporty's Bret Koebbe & Scott DimmichSign Up

Flying and weather are inseparable.  Every pilot must understand weather fundamentals and possess a healthy curiosity of the unknown.  In addition to weather theory, never has there been more weather information more readily available to pilots. To use this information for your maximum benefit, you need to know where to look and how to make effective use of the available weather tools. Broadcast Meteorologist Scott Dimmich goes beyond the basics of weather theory to help you, as a pilot, make better, more informed interpretations of weather and make sound weather decisions.

Scott Dimmich - Scott is Sporty’s resident weather expert and host for many of its weather training segments.  Scott also contributes weather related content to Sporty’s Takeoff App.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Penn State University and is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and member of the American Meteorological Society.

Bret Koebbe - Bret is vice president and senior flight instructor for Sporty’s Academy.  In addition to Bret’s teaching responsibilities, Bret leads Sporty’s video production and app development team and serves as editor of the popular iPad Pilot News online journal.  As an airline transport pilot, Bret is a senior captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.  

Space is limited so enroll now.

iPad Proficiency Check: 10 ways to fly like a pro with your iPadThursday, Nov. 148:00pm ETSporty's Bret KoebbeSign Up

The iPad is practically required equipment for many pilots and there's no question it has improved safety and reduced the costs associated with flying. iPad Proficiency Check will include a series of insightful recommendations, strategies and other tips that pilots of all experience levels should know when flying with the iPad. Topics include hidden software features, iPad "gotchas", flying with ADS-B weather, iPad connected panel, ForeFlight tips, airport operations and runway safety, battery management, mounting and much more.

Sporty's Bret Koebbe - Bret is vice president and senior flight instructor for Sporty’s Academy.  In addition to Bret’s teaching responsibilities, Bret leads Sporty’s video production and app development team and serves as editor of the popular iPad Pilot News online journal.  As an airline transport pilot, Bret is a senior captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department. Bret is a highly respected resource in the area of electronic flight bag operations.  His presentations throughout the country regularly reach capacity.  

Space is limited so enroll now.