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Quiz: Glider Flying Techniques

Glider flying is a great way to get into aviation at a young age, hone your powered flight skills or simply a way to enjoy...

Video: Paragliding at 18,000 feet

Parachutes are usually used to go down, but as Paul Guschlbauer shows in this incredible video, they can also be used to go up. After flying his Super Cub to Sun Valley, Idaho, he goes flying in his paraglider for an epic trip over the mountains - and has the GPS logs to prove it!

Sporty’s webinar: Behind the Scenes with Sporty’s 2019 Learn to Fly Course

Take a deep dive into Sporty's 2019 courses and see a demonstration of all of the helpful new features including a major update to...

Ask a CFI: dangers of distracted flying (video)

Welcome to the third episode in our new video series, Ask A Sporty's CFI, where we talk to the 25 flight instructors we have on staff at Sporty's Academy to get their tips for safer and smoother flying. In this installment, hear from Chief Instructor Eric Radtke, who shares his thoughts on distracted flying and the importance of a thoughtful plan for taxi, takeoff and departure.

Friday photo: father/son flight and pilot anniveraries

The moment: Father/son flight and pilot anniversaries The pilot: Jorge Vielledent (left) and Jorge E. Vielledent The place: vicinity of El Paso International (KELP), El Paso, TX The...

Apply now for AOPA flight training scholarships

80 students to receive $10,000 awards AOPA is awarding 80 flight training scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to high school students ages 15...

What’s in your flight bag, episode 3

In this series, we ask the pilots at Sporty's what gear they carry when they go flying. This episode features Doug Ranly, a private pilot and Sporty's Catalog Manager.

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: coast to coast in a Cessna 172

Flying across the country in a Cessna 172? It takes patience and flexibility, but it's fun, educational, and surprisingly easy. Ride along in this video as two pilots make that trip, including some beautiful mountain views. The ultimate goal? Pour some water from the Atlantic Ocean (departure) into the Pacific Ocean (destination).

Ask a CFI: what should I do if the engine quits in flight?

Here we're talking with Charlie Masters, a senior instructor at Sporty's, who shares his tips on how to prepare for an off-airport landing. What actions should you first take after the engine quits? How do you set up for landing in a field? Charlie has answers.