Sporty’s Reinvents the Intro Flight

Frasca Mentor™ Cessna 172S Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD)

Flight Experience package goes beyond just a lesson

Intro flights have long been the way that new pilots discover the joys of flying. After analyzing how successful intro flights are in converting interested people to student pilots, Sporty’s has reinvented the introductory flight process by enhancing and enlarging it.

Sporty’s has bundled four flying lessons, access to its online Learn to Fly course and a flight in an airplane into a package called the Sporty’s Flight Experience.

“So often, people interested in becoming pilots take one introductory lesson only,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “The person enjoys it, everyone smiles and takes a photo, but the potential pilot isn’t sure if or how to continue.”

Sporty’s Flight Experience consists of four lessons with an FAA-certified flight instructor. The first three lessons take place in an advanced flight training device with amazing 200-degree visibility, giving the individual a real-world feeling of being a pilot. The simulator lessons are augmented by Sporty’s Learn to Fly course so they can explore and study at their own pace.

“In addition to boosting confidence with the perspective of having flown, an advantage of a flight training device is that you can use it any time, day or night, and in any weather. The simulator allows us to be very flexible when it comes to scheduling an individual’s lessons,” added Radtke.

For most people, the highlight of the Flight Experience will be a flight in an airplane, accompanied by a flight instructor, on a short cross-country. The fledgling pilot will be shown how to conduct a pre-flight inspection and will be at the controls of the airplane for the takeoff and landing.

In addition to the flight lessons and online course, Sporty’s Flight Experience includes a personal pilot logbook, cockpit poster, photographs of the actual flight and other mementos.

“What we have stressed in our local marketing outreach is that there is no typical pilot and how we have successfully taught men and women of all ages and from all walks of life,” said Radtke. “Our airport is an open and welcoming place to newcomers.”

Priced at $549 complete, Sporty’s Academy Flight Experience may be arranged by telephone at 513-735-9500 or by email at [email protected].


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