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.
It's that time of year. A new wave of aspiring professional aviators have moved into dorms as they begin their college journey destined for greatness in a booming aviation job market. After running down the list of obvious questions most college freshman have, the talk often turns towards gear. What does a college student pilot need to command the skies?
There's no perfect flight bag for every pilot - it depends on the type of flying you do, the aircraft you fly, and your own personal preferences. With prices ranging from under $50 to well over $200, there are a lot to choose from. In this Product PIREP Video, we review some of the best-selling options, including Flight Gear, Flight Outfitters, MyGoFlight, and Travel Pro.
Everyone who wants to become a licensed pilot will need to pass the FAA Knowledge Test (or written test). But don't worry - this is easy with Sporty's complete Learn to Fly Course. In addition to detailed video segments, the course includes powerful test prep tools so you'll understand all the key concepts and be completely prepared for the test. In this video, join Sporty's Academy Vice President Bret Koebbe for a hands-on look at all the features available.
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.
Pumping avgas into a Cessna is pretty much the same as pumping 93 octane into a Chevrolet once everything is running. But like most things in aviation, the stakes are higher and the room for error is lower. So here is a step-by-step procedure to make your next self-serve fuel stop safe and stress-free. And yes, some of these lessons had to be learned the hard way.
Kyle Meskus, private pilot checkride at Keen Dillant-Hopkins Airport (KEEN) Keene, NH. It took a lot of work but I was able to persevere and accomplish my goal of becoming a private pilot.
Starting today, all VFR flight plans must be submitted using the International (ICAO) flight plan form. While it may sound intimidating at first, it's actually a pretty seamless transition when using a mobile app like ForeFlight to file. Here's what you need to know.
All pilots look forward to learning how to master the approach and landing since it is one of the most dynamic moments of every flight. Follow along with our 3D flight maneuver video to see how it's done.
Application deadline: November 12, 2019 Scholarships abound from Women in Aviation International (WAI). More than 100 scholarships will be awarded in 2020 with a value...
The $100 hamburger is a favorite of pilots - take off, fly somewhere and enjoy a meal with fellow pilots. For most pilots that means a half hour flight to a paved runway and an airport diner, but not in Alaska. In this fascinating video, you'll fly into a remote strip in Alaska to visit the Skwentna Roadhouse. It's not your everyday lunch flight!
FlyGirl / Sporty’s Advanced Pilot Training Scholarship – Value: $3,100 Deadline to apply: September 1, 2019 Natalie Fiser Kelley, in partnership with Sporty's Foundation, is proud...
On June 19, 2019 we departed Lake Hood’s (PALH) 2,200 foot long gravel runway in Skyhawk 12138 rented from Arctic Flyers and Alaska became...
I got to solo both my kids this week! They both did fantastic. The future looks bright. Both will be attending Liberty University this fall to pursue advanced ratings in preparation for careers in aviation.
Join preeminent designated pilot examiner, Jason Blair, as he offers valuable tips and insights for checkride day. You'll learn that understanding what to expect...