Soft Field Takeoff – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight


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 is part of Sporty’s 2021 Learn to Fly Course and includes a narrated video animation, along with step-by-step instructions that include performance standards and common errors. Study them while on the ground or print them for quick reference in the airplane.

These step-by-step instructions are from Sporty’s 2021 Learn to Fly Course, which includes over 15 hours of HD video that demonstrates how to fly each maneuver, along with complete FAA test prep features.


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Bret is vice president and senior flight instructor for Sporty's Academy. In addition to Bret's teaching responsibilities, Bret leads Sporty's video production and app development team and serves as editor of the popular iPad Pilot News online journal. As an airline transport pilot, Bret is a senior captain in Sporty's corporate flight department.