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Video: pulling over 7 G’s in a turboprop trainer

Did you know that one of the most advanced military trainers today has a propeller out front? The Pilatus PC-21 can fly up to 320 knots at low altitude, and is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop engine. In this video, you'll ride along for a takeoff in the PC-21, complete with a 7.5-G pull-up into a vertical climb and a few rolls. Not your average single engine airplane.

High Wing or Low Wing – Which Trainer Should I Choose?

“Low wing airplanes were designed by the very devil himself. How do I know this? Because birds were designed by God and he created...

Rate your flight training experience

AOPA has opened its 2021 Flight Training Experience Survey to any student or pilot who has received instruction in the past year. The survey...

Sporty’s Introduces Commercial Pilot Training Course

Sporty’s latest training course will help pilots earn a Commercial pilot certificate, an essential step on the way to a job as a flight...

Soft Field Takeoff – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

The soft-field takeoff technique will be required when departing from runway surfaces made of grass or dirt and will allow you to keep as much weight off the nose wheel as possible during the takeoff roll.

Video: Bush Flying 101

You hear a lot about "bush flying," but what does it really mean? In this beautiful video, Trent Palmer shows that it's more about flying with a spirit of adventure than anything else. He lands his airplane at a variety of remote dirt strips and meets up with other bush pilots for a fun-filled day in the air.
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Thunderstorm avoidance

Spring and summer weather offers some of the best flying opportunities for pilots; however, pilots also must have a proper understanding of all types...
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CFI Tips: Collision Avoidance

It's always the responsibility of the pilot to see and avoid other air traffic and effective collision avoidance is an active process. Sporty's CFI,...

Video: behind the scenes with Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course

Join Sporty's course development team as they demo the latest new features in Sporty's 2021 Learn to Fly Course. This webinar recording shows all the new features in Sporty's award-winning pilot training course how to use it to save time and money during your flight training. Presented by Sporty's Eric Radtke and Bret Koebbe. 

Commercial pilot video tip: Eights on Pylons

There are several new flight maneuvers to learn during Commercial Pilot Training. One of the new ground reference maneuvers is called Eights on Pylons, which involves flying a figure 8 pattern over the ground while varying the aircraft’s altitude in order to maintain a defined visual reference to preselected reference points, called pivot points, or pylons.