Sporty’s is making it easier for flight instructors to stay organized and connected to students with its new CFI Portal. Part of the company’s 2022 Pilot Training platform, this suite of tools includes lesson plans, a flight instructor refresher course, a complete FAA library, special CFI offers and access to Sporty’s award-winning pilot training courses. Best of all, every feature is available free to any active flight instructor.
“We designed the CFI portal as a platform to manage and organize students, monitor progress, and give instructors access to the tools and resources to help in their teaching activity,” said Sporty’s Academy Chief Instructor Eric Radtke. “Given the popularity of home-study resources, the portal also helps instructors and students stay engaged in the learning process and moving toward a common goal.”
After signing up, flight instructors can monitor the progress of their students in Sporty’s pilot training courses, including video segments and test prep sessions. Detailed reporting makes it easy to review missed questions during a ground lesson, and CFIs can also watch the entire course to stay in sync on key topics. Power user options are ideal for flight schools: create classrooms, bulk invite students, and export a roster to a .csv file.
When it’s time to meet in person, Sporty’s lesson plan guides provide detailed outlines that will save CFIs hours of time. The lesson-by-lesson syllabus offers a structured plan for training, while ground lesson guides and maneuver guides make each lesson more productive. Also included is Sporty’s guide to FAA endorsements, with templates for the most common endorsements, from first solo to checkrides to proficiency endorsements.
Sporty’s CFI Portal also includes a complete Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC) that satisfies the requirements to renew a CFI and offers practical tips for improving teaching skills. Delivered in a convenient online format, it’s universally accessible for PC, Mac, and mobile devices. This comprehensive course contains 17 lessons broken down into learning modules for ease of study, and like everything else it’s completely free.
Flight instructors can also access the latest editions of essential FAA books, including the Airplane Flying Handbook, Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Aeronautical Information Manual, and much more. Each document is indexed and includes powerful search and annotation options to make teaching more meaningful. Instructors can even upload their own documents, like standard operating procedures or checklists, making for a complete resource library.
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