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.

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...

Are You Prepared to Save Money on Flight Training?

Whether talking about flight training or any other type of training, in most cases, proper preparation can save you a lot of frustration and money. This post explains a few keys to successful preparation.

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...

That Doesn’t Look Like My Airplane!

An activity that many pilots enjoy involves sitting at the airport and watching other pilots takeoff and land. While enjoying this pastime you may see some aircraft that look a bit different from your typical trainer. Join us as we take a brief look at some of the "other aircraft" that you might see.

Sporty’s Releases Updated Learn to Fly Course

New Content and Improved Functionality Deliver Even More Value   Nearly four hours of new high-definition video content have been added along with improved features for...

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.

Own your training experience

All too often during the course of training students will experience some difficulties with their instructor. These difficulties can range from something as simple...

Four things most instructors won’t tell you during your training

Learning to fly is hard, challenging, nerve-racking (at times), but also a lot of fun.  When I was first taking flight lessons, my head...

Breaking the Barriers, the Final 4 Obstacles to Your Flight Training

Sadly, many of the people who begin flight lessons are never able to see them through to earning a certificate. Much as the ongoing NCAA tournament that began with 68 teams is being whittled down to the final four, pilot candidates fall to the wayside for a plethora of reasons. But this article will discuss the four most common pitfalls and suggest strategies so you become a pilot rather than falling victim to these obstacles.