Pilot’s guide to ATP certification

The demand for professional pilots has never been greater. Airline pilot requirements and mandatory retirements have significantly impacted the pool of eligible candidates and, in...

Flying for the Young

As a flight instructor, I am often asked the question, "How old do you have to be to start learning to fly?" The short answer to the question is that there is no minimum age for a child to begin learning to fly. The longer answer is a bit more complicated and I will attempt to discuss that here.

How do you pay for flight training

Whether for a career, recreation or both, you need a plan   For those considering a career as a professional pilot, you’ll be excited to know...

Pilots Guide to BasicMed

If you’ve held a valid medical certificate at any point after July 14, 2006, you may never have to see an Aviation Medical Examiner...

Student Pilot and FAA Medical Certificates

As a student pilot, you will need a Student Pilot Certificate at some point during your flight training program. When you will need the student certificate will vary based upon the type of training that you are doing. You may also need an FAA Medical Certificate. The type of medical certificate you should obtain, if you should obtain one at all, depends on your flight training goals. Learn more in this post by Sporty's Academy Chief Instructor Jurgens.

Round-Dial or Glass, Which Is Right for Me?

A question that often arises with new student pilots, when there is an option, is, "Should I train in a round-dial airplane or one...

Keeping Flying Fun

When was the last time you saw an ad that said "Come Learn to Fly Just for the Fun of It?" It is like we have forgotten that flying is an amazing and fun thing to do! Learn more about the forgotten fun of flying in the linked article.

5 flight training myths

Learning to fly is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you can have. From day one, you’ll be filled with excitement, curiosity...

Advice for Student Pilots – Top 10 List

With more than a dozen aircraft and nearly 30 instructors, we have a lot of flight training activity. Oftentimes one of our 100+ student pilots will ask for some advice from the more seasoned veterans. The replies vary, but these seem to be the tips you hear most.

FAA medical insights

I don’t possess the medical qualifications or post-nominals to say with certainty that we’re an over-medicated society. But what I can say is that the...

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