Sporty’s Launches 2022 Pilot Training Courses

Smart TV apps, audio training, and CFI portal highlight significant upgrades

Today Sporty’s released the latest version of its award-winning Pilot Training platform, an online library of 20+ aviation courses for smartphones, tablets, and TVs. New features for 2022 include expanded TV app options, new audio training segments, an interactive flight instructor portal, and integration with AOPA Flight Training Advantage. Lifetime updates are still included at no additional cost.

“As pilot hiring takes off after a brief pandemic pause, a good home study course is critical for efficient flight training,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “Sporty’s Pilot Training apps make it easier for pilots to achieve their aviation goals, with powerful training tools that can be used across all their devices.”

Sporty’s has always led the industry with its commitment to multiple platforms, and for 2022 the list continues to grow. In addition to iOS and Android devices, the Pilot Training app is now available on five smart TV platforms: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast. This represents over 95% of smart TVs in the US, and makes it easy to watch dynamic in-flight video from the comfort of home. Progress syncs between all devices, so pilots can watch a video on their TV and switch to their smartphone without losing progress. The Apple TV app also includes interactive review quizzes to reinforce key video segments.

For pilots on the go, a convenient new option is to listen to the audio for each segment. This is perfect for a morning walk or in the car, and the intuitive app layout makes it easy to switch between video and audio with one touch. Transcripts are also available for review in the app, ideal for students whose first language is not English.

Knowledge test prep tools also get an upgrade in this release, with Sporty’s popular PowerStudy tools available across all devices. This includes advanced study modes that tailor the session to each student’s learning progress, complete study history that highlights weak areas, and the ability to create custom quizzes based on past sessions. As always, Sporty’s flight instructors will provide the required endorsement to take the FAA test when complete.

Sporty’s courses have always focused on complete training, going far beyond the knowledge test, and the 2022 editions add important capabilities. An all-new flight instructor portal makes it easy for students to include their CFI in their home study by sharing course progress and practice test results.  Flight instructors can track performance for multiple students and view course content so lessons stay on track.

Another helpful integration is with AOPA’s Flight Training Advantage (AFTA), a web portal and iPad-based training application for organizing flight training. This allows Sporty’s Pilot Training users to connect their course progress to AFTA, creating a seamless experience in and out of the airplane.

“We know from our experience running a busy flight school here at Sporty’s that student-instructor coordination is essential for flight training success,” said Radtke. “These new tools make it easy for CFIs to stay in the loop and deliver more meaningful lessons.”

Always the heart of the course, Sporty’s video segments are updated and expanded for 2022. New videos cover the latest changes to airspace, tips for flight planning with Garmin avionics, new ForeFlight weather tools, Commercial Pilot maneuvers, and more.

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course [E1753A], Instrument Rating Course [E4200A], and Commercial Pilot Course [E249A] include free lifetime updates and may be purchased for $279 at or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS. Existing users have access to all new features and content automatically.

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