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

Garmin Airborne Weather Radar FundamentalsTuesday, May 78:00pm ETGarmin's Gabe ParkisonSign Up

Garmin aviation presents airborne weather radar fundamentals. Explore weather radar operational principles, industry best practices and operational considerations and techniques for all phases of flight. This presentation also addresses the features, functions and operation of three of Garmin’s airborne weather radar systems: GWX 70, GWX 75 and GWX 80, as well as techniques employed for managing weather threats. 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.

Gabe Parkison - Gabe's professional career spans over sixteen years, encompassing civilian and military work experience. Gabe has an extensive background in Engineering and System Administration, and currently is a FAA Flight Inspection Pilot.

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

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.

Jason Blair - Jason is an active single and multi-engine instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner with nearly 3,000 hours of instruction given. In his role as Examiner, Jason has conferred more than 800 certificates and ratings. He writes for multiple aviation publications and actively works within the general aviation industry.

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.