Sporty’s Releases 2018 Learn to Fly Course


User feedback leads to Sporty’s most thorough update yet

Today Sporty’s released the 2018 version of its award-winning Learn to Fly Course. 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.

“Pilots want to learn wherever they are and with whatever device they have handy,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “This new course makes it easier than ever to do just that, whether it’s taking a practice test on an iPhone or watching HD video on a desktop computer.”

All-new iOS app

The enhanced sync capability is possible thanks to Sporty’s Pilot Training App, a completely new iOS app, built from the ground up to be fast and easy to use. Pilots can use this App to stream video segments over WiFi or LTE, or save them for offline viewing. There are also detailed sections for knowledge test prep, maneuvers, a training syllabus, and the Airman Certification Standards.

“This is much more than a companion app,” says Radtke. “Every feature of our online course is available in the iOS app, whether you’re using an iPhone 5 or an iPad Pro.”

Pilots can also purchase access to additional courses from Sporty’s Pilot Training App, including the Instrument Rating Course and the Flying with ForeFlight Course. This makes it an integrated resource for aviation learning.

Now with CFI Tracking

When studying with the Sporty’s course, students may invite their CFI to monitor video and practice test progress. That way, the CFI can review the strengths and weaknesses of a particular student to make real-time flight lessons more meaningful.

“This was an enhancement our customers wanted. They believe it is useful for their CFI to take an active role as they progress through the course,” adds Radtke.  “Plus the CFI’s presence adds accountability to the student – is their student really studying once they leave the airport?”

Still More Features

Sporty’s 2018 Learn to Fly Course includes more new and enhanced features, including:

  • More review quizzes to keep attention sharp
  • Smart streaming technology to ensure the best quality video without annoying buffering time
  • Review notes for each video to make review sessions more efficient
  • 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 much more

Sporty’s Learn to Fly course is also now integrated with Redbird’s Guided Independent Flight Training (GIFT) program. This means that the course may be used with the Redbird simulator platforms to practice maneuvers applicable to the flight training syllabus.

“All in all, this is the most thorough revamp we’ve made to our Learn to Fly Course,” says Radtke. “We won’t rest on our laurels, though, and we’ll keep trying to make the course even more powerful learning experience for students.”

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course [1753A] is available for $199.99 and may be purchased at



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