Learn To Fly Course - Private Pilot Test Prep (Online and App) 2018 Edition

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2018 Course Now Available

Our Biggest Update Yet!

Flight training has never been easier, thanks to Sporty’s 2018 Learn to Fly Course. It's everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your pilot certificate, with ground school, test prep, and real-world training - all in one easy-to-use package.

What's new:

  • Three formats for the same price: get the online course, iPad/iPhone app, and Apple TV app at no additional cost
  • Automatic progress sy...
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2018 Course Now Available

Our Biggest Update Yet!

Flight training has never been easier, thanks to Sporty’s 2018 Learn to Fly Course. It's everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your pilot certificate, with ground school, test prep, and real-world training - all in one easy-to-use package.

What's new:

  • Three formats for the same price: get the online course, iPad/iPhone app, and Apple TV app at no additional cost
  • Automatic progress sync: seamlessly switch between devices
  • All-new iOS app: every course feature works on iPad and iPhone, even download videos for offline viewing
  • 32 fully-narrated HD maneuvers: total checkride preparation
  • Flight instructor tracking: invite your CFI to monitor your progress
  • Review notes with each video: quickly review segments with text and video
  • Updated video segments: BasicMed, new technology, weather tips, and more
  • Enhanced review quizzes: quick checks regularly test your knowledge
  • Redbird GIFT integration: use Sporty’s course with Redbird simulators
  • Closed captioning on videos: improves understanding for pilots whose first language is not English

9 reasons pilots prefer Sporty's courses:

1. Save time and money

For the cost of a single flight lesson, our course will save you hours of time in the air and hundreds of dollars. The step-by-step video lessons are better than ground school, helping you prepare for your next flight lesson ahead of time so you spend less time reviewing and more time learning.

Completion certificate2. Get your written test endorsement

Ace the written with our interactive test preparation program. You can create customized study sessions from the actual FAA test questions and see the right and wrong answers, plus plain English explanations written by our team of CFIs. Then, take a practice test that simulates the real knowledge exam you'll have to pass. We’ll even give you the flight instructor endorsement to take the written test—right from the course! You can take this endorsement to the FAA testing center, and log it in your ForeFlight logbook.

3. Pass all your tests—guaranteed!

Our course is so complete we guarantee you’ll pass all three tests: the written, oral and flight. Incredible 3D animations and dynamic in-flight video 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.

4. Be ready for real-world flying

Learning to fly means a lot more than just passing a test. That’s why Sporty’s course goes beyond the textbook to teach you real world flying, making you a safer, more confident pilot. Special Air Facts segments with renowned aviation author Richard Collins are packed with no-nonsense tips you can use after the checkride.

5. Includes the new Airman Certification Standards

Sporty's courses are famous for being the most up-to-date and complete training products available. That focus continues with the FAA's introduction of new Airman Certification Standards (ACS). Our Learn to Fly Course includes the full text of this document - your guide to the checkride - and cross-references each task to the video segments. Our course also emphasizes deep understanding instead of just memorizing questions, something the FAA now discourages.

6. Covers Private, Recreational and Sport

Our Learn to Fly Course is really three courses in one – you choose the license that makes sense for you. Get started with your training and progress toward your first solo, the critical first step for everyone. Then choose the Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot track – it’s all here! Plus, experience has shown that students learn most effectively when the training process is divided into manageable steps. So each module builds on the previous one, creating a building-block approach that saves you time and money.

Modular training

7. Three convenient formats Included

Study anywhere, anytime – one purchase includes access to our online learning platform, our iPhone/iPad app, and our Apple TV app. Your time is valuable, so we offer our complete course in a variety of formats to suit different needs. Choose the one that is best for you, and switch back and forth at any time with automatic progress sync. Our course works on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, tablets, smartphones and even Apple TV.

Three formats available

8. Ask a CFI

If you're stumped by a difficult subject, talk to the experienced flight instructors at Sporty's. Just click the Ask a CFI button to send a message.

9. ForeFlight Logbook integration

When you've completed the course and received your written test endorsement, you can log it in your ForeFlight digital logbook - complete with instructor signature!

 

Exclusive Features:

  • Triple Guarantee means you’ll pass all three tests to earn your license or we’ll refund your money in full. 
  • Award-winning video shot in and around airplanes – not a classroom.
  • Download videos for offline viewing in the app.
  • Incredible 3D animations explain complicated subjects.
  • Air Facts segments with legendary author Richard L. Collins.
  • Written Test Endorsement available right from the course.
  • Airman Certification Standards cross-referenced to the video.
  • Training Course Outline offers a complete, lesson-by-lesson syllabus.
  • HD maneuvers guide shows everything you'll have to do on the checkride.
  • Earn FAA WINGS credit and save on your insurance.
  • Automatic updates mean you learn the latest information.
 

Sporty's Flight Crew

Want unlimited access to Sporty's courses plus free shipping and flight training scholarships? Join Sporty's Flight Crew, an all-in-one membership program that includes access to our Learn to Fly Course, plus much more. Plans start at just $39.99/month. Click here for details

 

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Already own the course? Sign in here:

  • Access the online course here, and sign in with your sportys.com account.
  • Download the free Sporty's Pilot Training app in the App Store, then sign in with your sportys.com account.
 

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 - Recreational and Sport

  • Predicting Performance
  • Closer Look -- Runway Markings
  • Maximum Performance Takeoffs & Landings
  • Visual Approach Slope Indicators
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Weather Theory
  • Weather Data
  • Airspace
  • Rules for Recreational Pilots
  • Publications and Charts
  • Rules To Fly By
  • More Weather Theory
  • Air Facts
  • More Weather Data
  • Weight and Balance
  • Written and Oral Test
  • Flight Test

Volume 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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

Course Update History

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

 

Works with:


Internet Explorer

Firefox

Chrome

Safari

iPad/iPhone

Apple TV

Notes:

  • Requires Chrome, Safari 5+, FireFox 9+, Internet Explorer 10, iPad browser.
  • iOS app requires version 10.0 or higher
  • AppleTV app requires 4th generation AppleTV or newer
  • Accepted for FAA Wings Credit

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Is there any discounts for veterans?
Grunt on Jul 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a military discount.
How long would I have access to this course?
Val W on Jul 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you purchase the course you have access to the course always.
Does access expire after a certain period of time? My son is several years away from being able to get his license, but is flying with me and would like to do ground school now.
Jacob I on Jul 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You will have access to the course always if you purchase the course. If you obtain the course with the flight crew then you will have access for a year.
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