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
  • Some webinars qualify for FAA WINGS credit

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Webinars Archive - View Past Webinar Video Recordings




Flying the Garmin GFC 600 Autopilot with Garmin's Matt Clark                    Weds, February 23, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. 

Designed for aftermarket installation on high-performance single- and twin-engine piston aircraft as well as turboprops and jets, the GFC 600 flight control system offers an impressive array of top-level safety and performance features. Leveraging technologies developed for Garmin's popular GFC 700 autopilot that drives its most advanced glass flight deck systems, these sophisticated features include Garmin ESP, underspeed and overspeed protection, automatic LVL mode, airspeed climb and decent (IAS) mode, vertical navigation (VNAV) mode2, flight director (FD) command cues and more.


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Sporty's Flight Instructor Portal—Hands-on Demo                    Weds, March 16, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. 

Sporty's 2022 pilot training courses include a powerful new tool: a dedicated flight instructor portal. This completely free tool is packed with resources, including access to Sporty's award-winning video courses and syllabi, and also allows CFIs to monitor student progress in Sporty's Learn to Fly, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot courses.

In this behind the scenes webinar, Bret Koebbe, a flight instructor and head of Sporty's course development team, will show you all the features of this new portal. See how to create a free account, track student test prep sessions, create classes, and much more.


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Flying with Datalink Weather—ADS-B and SiriusXM Tips                    Weds, April 20, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. 

Datalink weather has the potential to make your flying safer and more comfortable - but only if you know how to use it properly. Join Air Facts editor John Zimmerman for an in-depth look at ADS-B, SiriusXM, and how to use them in flight.

- Weather accident trends
- The 5 rules of datalink weather
- Differences between ADS-B and SiriusXM
- Popular weather receivers
- Real world weather flying scenarios


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Introduction to Home Flight Simulators                    Weds, May 4, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. 

Flight simulators have exploded in popularity over the last year. With new software options, impressive flight controls, and EFB app integration, it has never been easier to use a home flight simulator for real training (in addition to fun). In this fast-paced webinar, Chris McGonegle, a commercial pilot and Sporty's flight simulator expert, will discuss how to use simulators effectively and how to avoid making mistakes that will degrade your flying skills. He also reviews the most popular hardware options for a home flight simulator and discusses the new Microsoft Flight Simulator program. If you're thinking about buying a flight simulator, but aren't sure where to start, this webinar is for you.


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Ask an Air Traffic Controller with Roland Ratliff, Cincinnati Approach                    Weds, June 15, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. 

It’s not uncommon for pilots to have some fear of interacting with Air Traffic Control (ATC) often concerned with making a mistake or of being judged by others on frequency. Not only is that the wrong attitude, but it can also deprive you of valuable services and even compromise safety. Controllers are humans just like pilots, and they’re actually there to help.

Join Quality Control Support Manager Roland Ratliff from Cincinnati Approach Control and learn what controllers expect from pilots, plus some tips for your next request to ATC.

The presentation consists of Q&A from attendee question submissions. This format and opportunity to hear directly from a controller is one you won’t want to miss to get the straight talk from ATC.


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