Tips and technique

Tips and technique

“NORDO” – 5 tips for avoiding loss of communication

“NORDO” is a term defined in FAA Order 7110.65 (a.k.a. Air Traffic Controller’s Handbook) as an aircraft that can’t or doesn’t communicate by radio. ...

CFI Tips: Partial Panel Flying

In this latest installment of CFI Tips, Sporty's Academy CFI, Dustin Yockey, discusses partial panel flying and the importance of remaining calm, prioritizing positive...

Podcast: flight training trends and the life of an airline pilot

Why is flight training so strong, even after a pandemic that stopped airline pilot hiring? What do flight instructors wish students knew about learning to fly? What's it like to be an airline pilot? Eric Radtke answers these questions and many more, in the first episode of Sporty's Fast Five Podcast.

Video tip: How to avoid turbulence and find a smoother ride

During your preflight briefing, you observe that the air is clear and there are no storms in sight – does this mean you're in store for a smooth, enjoyable flight? Possibly, but you should also consider another weather factor that can have a big impact on the comfort of the flight on VFR days: turbulence. This week's tip takes a look at ways to avoid rough air and find a smoother ride on your next flight.

High Wing or Low Wing – Which Trainer Should I Choose?

“Low wing airplanes were designed by the very devil himself. How do I know this? Because birds were designed by God and he created...

Sporty’s Introduces Commercial Pilot Training Course

Sporty’s latest training course will help pilots earn a Commercial pilot certificate, an essential step on the way to a job as a flight...
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Thunderstorm avoidance

Spring and summer weather offers some of the best flying opportunities for pilots; however, pilots also must have a proper understanding of all types...
nearby traffic collision avoidance quiz

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,...

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,...