Getting Started Tips
The process of learning to fly can seem overwhelming at first. But you can do it, and our team of flight instructors here at Sporty’s can help. That’s why we’ve developed this quick checklist of key steps.
There have never been better options for premium aviation headsets, as companies like Bose, Lightspeed, David Clark and AKG battle to make the quietest, most comfortable headset on the market. The only problem is that most of these headsets cost $800 or even $1000. For pilots looking to spend less, there's an exciting new option from Faro.
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.
As you get close to your first solo, your flight instructor may talk to you about buying renter's insurance (sometimes called non-owned insurance). While it's never fun to contemplate an incident or accident, this is an important discussion that deserves some careful study.
Similar to fishing, camping, rock climbing, or boating, getting the right gear for flying is almost as important (and as fun) as the actual activity. At Sporty's, we've operated our own flight school for decades, so we know what student pilots need - and what they don't.
Sporty's Academy, our on-site flight school, is a premier Pilot Training Center located at the Clermont County Airport in the eastern suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. We welcome students from all over the world who are looking for the finest flight training experience.
There's a lot to learn as a new pilot, but the good news is you can do much of that learning on your own schedule. In between flight lessons, a good home study course is an invaluable tool. You can review your previous lesson, learn the theory behind the maneuvers you fly and prepare for the FAA written test.
While it may be true that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, there is certainly something to be said...
This is why you practice short field landings! The pilot loads up seven of his friends in a Pilatus, then takes off from his home airport's grass runway (yes, in a 10,000 lb. airplane) and flies to Courchevel, a scenic ski resort in the French Alps. There's a very convenient airport right on the side of the mountain, but it's less than 1,800 feet long and has a stunning 18.6% gradient.
Contributor David Booth shares a story of an eventful cross-country flight in a Robinson R44 as a student pilot in Melbourne, Australia - Ed. -- It all started...
Every year, Sean D. Tucker thrills millions of people with his famous airshow act. From the ground, his loops, rolls and hammerhead stalls look incredible; in the air, it's even better. That's what you'll see in this video, as one lucky Sporty's pilot goes flying with Sean and records the entire flight.
Welcome to the latest edition of 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. Each maneuver includes step-by-step instructions, performance standards and common errors. Study them while on the ground or print them for quick reference in the airplane.
When you hear the phrase "bush plane," a Piper Super Cub or a de Havilland Beaver probably comes to mind. One pilot has a different idea: the DoubleEnder. This utterly unique airplane offers incredible short field performance and stunning cockpit visibility, and even has two engines. Strap into the cockpit for an amazing backcountry flight in this week's fun flying video.
We’ve all been there. After many months, or possibly years, of hard work, you’ve finally received your pilot’s license. Inevitably, you will want to...
Taking off into a low overcast is a rush for many instrument pilots, as the ground disappears into the mist and clouds. At that point, you have to trust your training and follow the instruments - not the seat of your pants. But new technology makes this a little bit easier. In this video, you'll ride along in the right seat of a Piper Arrow as the pilot shoots an instrument approach in low IFR conditions.
Aviation weather reports are simply conditions in the atmosphere that are observed at a specific time. These reports create a snapshot for pilots to...
Island hopping in the Caribbean should be on every pilot's bucket list. It's fun, exhilarating and surprisingly easy to do, even in a small airplane. As this video shows, all it takes is a Private Pilot certificate and a Cessna 172.