Sporty’s Pilot Training app has helped tens of thousands of pilots earn their pilot certificate, add new ratings, learn how to use a wide variety of advanced avionics systems and get checked out in new aircraft types. The platform is famous for its relentless pace of innovation, bringing new content, new training tools, and technological enhancements every year.
The latest update adds a new free Get Started Learning to Fly course, as well as lots of new content in the Instrument Rating and ForeFlight courses. Here’s what to check out.
Free course – Get Started Learning to Fly
Learning to fly is a process, but oftentimes the most confusing part is taking that first step. How do you find a flight school? What should you ask a prospective flight instructor? What’s the difference between a Sport Pilot and Private Pilot certificate? Sporty’s has recently released a new course to help answer these questions, and it’s completely free.
- Four video segments covering the basics of learning to fly, finding a flight school, and what a first lesson looks like
- A twelve-part article series that addresses common questions, like Part 61 vs. 141 schools, FAA medical requirements, and cost
- A flight school directory, searchable by zip code, with contact information for nearby schools
- High-resolution Cessna 172 and Cessna 182 G1000 cockpit posters, great for getting acquainted with a common training airplane
- Helpful links to other resources and essential pilot supplies
The course is 100% free, but registration is required. You can sign up here.
New ForeFlight and Instrument Training content
Sporty’s offers lifetime access to its Private Pilot, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot courses after a one-time purchase, and includes free updates for video and training content as well. In the latest update, the Instrument Rating course added a wide variety of new content covering the following topics:
- IFR flight planning – how to use paper and digital charts on your iPad to plan routes and procedures
- Alternate airport considerations – legal vs. reality
- Jeppesen chart differences vs. FAA
- Getting a modern IFR weather briefing use online and app resources
- IFR cockpit organization
- Transitioning from the IFR en-route system to the instrument approach
- Approach lighting systems
- Flying with supplemental oxygen
- Turbocharging and pressurization systems
- Digital engine instrumentation
The Flying with ForeFlight training course was also updated to cover all the new features in version 12.4 of ForeFlight, including internet-sourced traffic, split-screen multitasking, the new More menu and how to customize the tab bar.