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

Webinars Archive

2018 Schedule

Garmin TXi Touchscreen DisplaysWednesday, January 248:00pm ETMatt Clark, Garmin AviationSign Up

Scalable. Configurable. Affordable. Remarkable. Garmin TXi puts a revolution in flight technology literally at your fingertips. With these clean-sheet TXi designs, Garmin has created a smart, scalable way to upgrade your aircraft and help improve the safety of each flight. From a single display to a full-suite installation comprising up to 4 displays in your panel, the modular building block concept of the TXi series supports an impressive array of PFD/MFD/EIS functions and formats. So it’s easy to scale a system that perfectly fits your panel, your mission and your price range. Learn more about the TXi solutions in this free, interactive webinar from Sporty’s. Presented by Matt Clark, Garmin Aviation.

Sporty's 2018 Learn to Fly Course - course demo and tutorialThursday, February 153:00pm ETKoebbe / RadtkeSign Up

Sporty's 2018 Learn to Fly Course offers the most thorough update yet of this award-winning pilot training system. With thousands of active students using its training products, Sporty's fielded input from those pilots to incorporate enhancements into this course to make it the best ever.

A major change is that the customer doesn't have to select which format to use. The Learn to Fly Course now includes all three formats for the same price: online, for apple TV, and for iPads/iPhones. Since video and test prep progress is synced automatically, customers can switch back and forth seamlessly.

Additional new features include:

  • More review quizzes to keep attention sharp
  • Smart streaming technology to ensure the best quality video
  • Review notes for each video training segment
  • 32 all-new fully-narrated HD maneuvers to show every ACS element step by step
  • New and updated video segments on BasicMed, new ATC technology and more
  • Access to "Ask a CFI" and CFI monitoring

Register now for a 2018 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.

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.

In-flight Weather Fundamentals - SiriusXM, ADS-B and portable receiversThursday, March 18:00pm ETZimmerman / Scott DimmichSign Up

Join weather gurus Scott Dimmich and John Zimmerman as they explore 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.

Scott and John will also examine some of the options for portable weather receivers, a market that has grown significantly in recent years. From Scout and Stratus to GDL 51 and GDL 52, you'll learn what these devices can do and how to use them in flight.

Space is limited, so enroll now.

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 a commercial certification with multiengine, glider and seaplane ratings 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.

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.

Spring Flying RefresherTuesday, March 208:00pm ETRadtkeSign Up

It's not always easy for pilots to admit when they're feeling a bit rusty, but it happens to all of us. Join the instructional staff at Sporty's Academy for a flying refresher to include flying tips & techniques, regulations, airspace, weather and more! It's everything you'd expect of a flight review.

And if you've been away from flying for an extended period of time, we'll also debunk some of those myths associated with rejoining the aviation community and highlight what may have changed since you last flew.

Please join us to brush up on your aviation knowledge and return to the skies this spring a safer, more proficient pilot.

Space is limited, so enroll now.

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.

Weather Fundamentals and Strategy with Meteorologist Scott DimmichWednesday, April 258:00pm ETScott Dimmich / KoebbeSign 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.

Surviving the CheckrideThursday, May 308:00pm ETSporty's AcademySign Up

Preparing for a checkride can be stressful, but taking the checkride itself doesn't have to be. Understanding what to expect in your oral and practical, and how to prepare effectively, can make all the difference between disaster and a fun, enriching experience.

Join us for helpful tips on surviving checkride day and an unscripted, roundtable discussion with Designated Pilot Examiners from around the country as they unlock the mystery of the checkride. Attendees may submit questions and get straight answers from the experts so that you can ace your next exam.

Space is limited so enroll now.

ADS-B Update – Equipping for 2020Thursday, August 28:00pm ETSporty's John ZimmermanSign Up

Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (better known as ADS-B) is quickly becoming a reality. Unfortunately, much of the information related to ADS-B is unnecessarily confusing. While ADS-B may be confusing, it’s probably the most important technological change you will experience as a pilot over the next two decades. So it’s worth the effort to learn this new language as the 2020 deadline for ADS-B Out equipage looms. Learn about the leading panel-mount ADS-B solutions plus the exciting developments in the portable market. We’ll cut through the jargon so you understand what’s important—and what’s not.

John Zimmerman - John serves as vice president of Sporty’s Pilot Shop and editor of Air Facts Journal. John is also an accomplished pilot holding a commercial certification with muliengine, glider and seaplane ratings as well as rotary wing. His flying ranges from the Citabria to a Pilatus to a Robinson R44. Recognized for his comprehensive understanding of ADS-B and applications for the flight deck, John is a highly sought-after speaker having presented at numerous industry conferences and events.

Space is limited so enroll now.

Get the most from ForeFlight - Advanced tips for aviation’s top appThursday, June 288:00pm ETForeFlight's Ryan McBrideSign 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.