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What is an Airworthiness Directive (AD)?

Airworthiness Directives (ADs) are issued by the FAA to correct an unsafe condition in a product (an aircraft, engine, propeller, or appliance). They are considered regulatory. You can search ADs applicable to your aircraft at https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/airworthiness_directives/ Learn more in this safety moment video from FAA.

Video tip: Understanding Pilot Reports (PIREPs)

Understanding certain critical weather information only available from airborne pilot reports (PIREPs) can help you avoid potential inflight hazards like turbulence and icing. Learning about PIREPS will allow you to obtain and contribute recent weather information and be a safer, well-rounded pilot. The video clip below is from Sporty’s 2021 Learn to Fly Course

Video: F-16 airshow over Miami

All airshows are entertaining, but for pure spectacle it’s hard to beat a military jet show over a big city. That’s what you’ll see in this video, as you ride long in an F-16 for a low level demo over South Beach in Miami. Watch out for the high rises, and enjoy the view.

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 measures flight instructor and flight school performance on four key factors affecting flight training—educational quality, customer focus, community, and information sharing. How does your flight instructor or flight school measure up? […]

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, Trent Grothaus, discusses the importance of employing sound collision avoidance techniques.

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.

Smart study strategies with Sporty’s 2021 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s courses are the ideal pilot training companion – everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your certificate or rating, with ground school, test prep, and real-world training all in one easy-to-use system. New content, flexible app options, and smart study tools all combine to offer an unmatched training experience in […]