Sporty’s innovative Pilot Training app brings a variety of aviation training courses to one location, allowing you to access all your aviation content from your iPad, iPhone or AppleTV.
The Pilot Training app allows you to access Sporty’s award-winning 2019 Learn to Fly/Private Pilot Training Course, Sporty’s 2019 Instrument Rating Course, Flying with ForeFlight, Flight Review, IPC, VFR Communications, IFR Communications, 2019 Garmin G1000 Checkout course and four aircraft transition courses covering Helicopters, Multiengine Airplanes, Seaplanes and Gliders.
It’s free to get started - including interactive FAA practice tests and HD training videos.
SPORTY’S 2019 LEARN TO FLY COURSE
For the cost of a single flight lesson, Sporty’s Learn to Fly course will save you time and money earning your pilot certificate. This is not a weekend “cram course” or a boring ground school lecture on video. It is a comprehensive flight-training companion designed to make your lessons more efficient, more complete and more fun. We operate our own flight school at Sporty’s, so we know your time and money are precious. Invest in a course that saves you both. There is nothing extra to buy—just add flight instructor!
INCLUDES: 20 hours of HD video training with search, knowledge test prep, interactive flight maneuvers guide, video-referenced Airman Certification Standards (ACS), Flight Training Syllabus, Ask a CFI service.
After successful course completion, you’ll earn an FAA knowledge test endorsement and FAA WINGS credit.
SPORTY’S 2019 INSTRUMENT RATING COURSE
With Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course, you’ll ace your FAA written test—we guarantee it! But this app is much more than just test prep. With incredible in-flight footage and 3D animations, we unlock the secrets of the IFR system so you can be a safe, smooth and proficient pilot. Detailed video segments cover both glass cockpits and analog gauges.
INCLUDES: 13 hours of video training, knowledge test prep, interactive instrument maneuvers guide, video-referenced Airman Certification Standards (ACS), Flight Training Syllabus, Ask a CFI service.
SPORTY’S FLYING WITH FOREFLIGHT COURSE
This comprehensive ForeFlight training video is packed with jargon-free tips and real-world shortcuts. It’s ideal for prospective users, new ForeFlight pilots and experienced pros alike.
Covers everything you should know to impress your instructor and ace your next flight review. Includes ground training endorsement upon completion.
INSTRUMENT PROFICIENCY CHECK
Based on Sporty’s award-winning Instrument Rating Course, the Instrument Proficiency Check app contains over 165 minutes of engaging 3D animations and in-flight video.
SPORTY'S GARMIN G1000 CHECKOUT (All new for 2019)
Thoroughly prepare yourself for glass cockpit flying with this course.
SPORTY'S VFR COMMUNICATIONS COURSE
Features over 60 minutes of engaging 3D animations, in-flight video and real-world communication scenarios.
SPORTY'S IFR COMMUNICATIONS COURSE
IFR Communications is broken down into 7 individual video segments. This program gives today’s instrument pilot a real-world look at IFR operations through all phases of flight.
SO YOU WANT TO FLY HELICOPTERS
This comprehensive program includes preflight, basics of flight, hovering, taxiing, takeoffs and landings, maneuvers, weight and balance, autorotation, emergency procedures, systems and components, FARs and more.
SO YOU WANT TO FLY TWINS
Designed specifically for pilots adding a multiengine rating to their private or commercial certificate.
SO YOU WANT TO FLY SEAPLANES
Climb into the back seat of a Piper J-3 Cub on floats for a pilot’s eye view of all the maneuvers required for the FAA checkride.
SO YOU WANT TO FLY GLIDERS
With exciting in-flight footage, you’ll see all the maneuvers from inside and outside the aircraft, and you’ll ride along for a self-powered launch, an aero-tow and a winch launch.
Includes new and updated FAA test prep questions for the Private and Instrument Rating Courses
Ratings and Reviews
Video downloading is an exercise in frustration, hosed my iCloud backups
For whatever reason the developers of this app store any videos downloaded for offline use in the app’s “documents” directory, meaning that they’ll be automatically be backed up to iCloud as part of iOS’s iCloud backup feature. This is not only a waste of iCloud storage space (I can download the videos again via the app if necessary), but in my case it prevented iOS from backing up altogether as uploading 6GB of instrument training videos over my slow DSL connection would take an eternity. I’m very lucky that nothing happened to my iPad in the weeks between downloading the videos and iOS notifying me of the lack of completed backups, as it very likely would have resulted in losing important data.
Additionally, the offline download functionality is poorly implemented. Want to download all videos in a given section? The app will begin downloading all videos at once, leading to it taking an eternity for even a single video to complete. What’s more, if you switch away from the app for more than a moment or two, the video downloads are interrupted and you’ll need to manually start them again. And start again they will. Even if the video was 90% downloaded, an interrupted download will start over from scratch. This means that on all but the fastest connections you’re forced to sit and keep your device awake to let the download complete, lest you be forced to start the download over again.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback. We have now changed the offline storage behavior so saved videos are no longer included with the iCloud backup. We also plan to implement a more robust download manager in a future release.
Excellent and they listen
First, if you’re training for your private pilot certificate, get this course! It’s VERY helpful.
I had this as a 4 star rating previously. I’ve moved it to a 5 star with the latest release. The prior version had terrible downloading capabilities if you wanted to download all the video for viewing while on the go. Several of us customers raised the issue and they resolved it. The app now properly queues multiple downloads so they don’t all start at the same time and for each chapter you can download all the videos in that chapter (tap of the three dots in the upper right hand corner). You can also set it to play continuously.
The app works great on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and the developers are responsive to feedback as to how to improve the app.
Also, I have exchanged emails a few times with their CFIs to get clarity on some issues I wanted a better understanding of. They were responsive and helpful.
Combine the great customer service with the great content and the great apps and throw in the guarantee that you pass or your money back and it really doesn’t make sense to me why you wouldn’t get this course if you’re serious about getting your pilot license. Do it. Do it noooow.
The content is great! App experience is severely lacking.
The online tests and videos match my experience in the private pilot with jeppesen. This review is not about the content.
This review is about the download ability in the app. If you have no problems being tethered to WiFi. If you can afford to download 185+mb videos over your cellular connection the app is great! However if you like to download videos at home to take on travel, the functionality is severely lacking. The video will start downloading, but they take forever to download. If you switch apps, your downloads resets to zero and stops when you switch back. The download functionality is rendered useless by this. I’m doing this on a 15Mbps connection so it’s not the internet connection.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the feedback – we understand your frustration and we're actively working on an update to improve how downloads are handled in the app. This update should be available within the next week. Stay tuned!
- Sporty's Pilot Shop
- 96.7 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018, Sportsman's Market, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Sporty's Learn To Fly Course $199.99
- Flying With ForeFlight $29.99
- Instrument Rating Course $199.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.