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What’s new in Sporty’s 2017 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty's popular home study courses have helped over 50,000 pilots learn to fly or add a rating. One reason they're so popular is that they are continually updated and improved. The Sporty’s Academy team recently released the latest version of their Learn to Fly Course, with a host of new features for 2017.
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Quiz: Traffic Spotting Techniques

All pilots must maintain vigilance in order to see and avoid other aircraft. In a see-and-be-seen environment you should continuously scan all areas visible from the cockpit. But do you know the best method to accomplish this? What about at night? Take this quiz and test your ability to spot a potential traffic conflict and avoid a dangerous collision while still dividing your attention on tasks inside the airplane.

Video: formation aerobatics at sunset

Flying aerobatics is fun; flying in formation with other airplanes is fun; flying at sunset is fun. Put all three together and you've got one spectacular flight. That's what you get to experience in this video, as you ride along with the famous AeroShell team as they fly their AT-6 formation demo at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in.

Was this really the day?

  When I accomplished my solo, the wind was a direct crosswind at 10 knots - maybe a little much for my first solo. I...

Video: landing at the legendary St. Barts airport

St. Barthelemy is a beautiful island in the Caribbean, famous for its gorgeous beaches, European style and celebrity guests. But among pilots, the island is famous for its intimidating airport - short, downhill and surrounded by hills on three sides. In this week's fun flying video, ride along with young pilot Matt Guthmiller as he flies a Bonanza into St. Barts.

Flight maneuver spotlight: steep turns

Welcome to our newest addition to Student Pilot News, the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we'll highlight the various maneuvers you'll practice during your flight training and be expected to demonstrate during your private pilot checkride. We're going to kick things off with Steep Turns this week.

Loops, rolls and spins – what it looks like from the cockpit

On the check ride, it's all about gentle control inputs and straight and level flight. After you have your license, though, aerobatics can be a fun way to expand your skills. In this week's fun flying video, strap into the backseat of a Citabria for some loops, rolls and spins.
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Learning to learn (again)

Our flight school attracts students from all walks of life.  From the younger college-age students enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Aviation...

Fun flying video: flying Alaska in a Cessna 170

Incredible vistas. Remote grass strips. Towering mountains. If all your time has been logged around busy airports in the lower 48, flying in Alaska may look completely different. In this amazing video, you'll certainly see some very different sights, but you'll also see how much remains the same - pilots are pilots, no matter what the adventure.
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Quiz: Basic Aircraft Aerodynamics

As much as it seems sometimes that airplanes fly by magic, it's important for every pilot to understand at least the basic fundamentals of...