Sporty’s updates Study Buddy pilot training apps


During your flight training, it’s important that you develop an organized study plan while preparing for the FAA knowledge test. While some of the questions will test you on real-world topics like sectional chart symbology or airplane performance planning, the reality is that a lot of the test centers around rote knowledge and memorization.

Fortunately Sporty’s offers a collection of training apps to help you study and prepare for the Private Pilot, Sport Pilot, Instrument Pilot and Remote Pilot (Drone) Knowledge tests.

While these apps are not designed to provide a comprehensive ground and flight training solution like Sporty’s Learn to Fly or Instrument Rating Course, they are perfect for studying question explanations and taking practice tests when on the go on your iPhone or iPad.

All four apps were recently updated with a new, modern user interface designed for the latest Apple devices, including the iPhone X and iPad Pro. The updates also add hundreds of new questions, answers, and explanations written by the CFIs at Sporty’s Academy, providing an efficient way to study for the FAA knowledge tests.

Every question and answer includes a custom explanation written by Sporty’s to help you better learn the subject matter behind each question instead of relying on rote memorization alone. There are 3 separate training modes available in the app:

Learning Mode allows you to create custom review sessions by selecting exactly which categories you want to review. Each session randomly generates the question order and provides instant feedback based on your answer selection. Each question also provides a detailed description as to why each answer is right. These explanations were developed by Sporty’s team of pilots and instructors, based on their decades of experience.

Flashcard Mode tests your knowledge by allowing you to only see the question without the answer choices. After answering the question mentally, you can then tap a button to show the correct answer, and self-grade your progress along the way.

Test Mode randomly generates a 60-question session (40 for Sport) from the entire database of test questions, simulating the real test. After answering all the questions, you’ll be given instant results, and have the option to review either all the questions or just missed questions. Included in the review session are the same detailed explanations for why each answer is correct.

There’s also a progress report section that makes it easy to track previous test results and resume incomplete study sessions. This is a good way to focus on areas which require more study.

Sporty’s Study Buddy apps are available starting at $9.99 and include free updates.

Sporty’s Private Pilot Study Buddy

Sporty’s Sport Pilot Study Buddy

Sporty’s Instrument Pilot Study Buddy

Sporty’s Remote Pilot Study Buddy


  1. Are there Android flight support apps available? Where do I find the Android flight support apps? Thank you.

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