Video: why pilots need fuel testers

Draining and checking fuel before flight is one of the first things you learn as a student pilot. But what are you actually looking for, and how do you know if your sample is good or bad? In this Product PIREP video, Sporty's Doug Ranly explains the point of this ritual and shows what contaminated fuel looks like.

Slow Flight – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Flying an airplane just above the stall speed in the slow flight configuration will teach you a lot about the handling characteristics and controllability at low speeds, which is a critical step in the development of your flying skills during flight training.

CFI Tips: Go-Arounds

Pilots are often too reluctant to execute go-arounds and because they aren't practiced regularly, pilots frequently make mistakes in performing the maneuvers. Hear more...

Rolling Out the Weather Cameras

Technology can be a wonderful thing. Improvements have made great strides toward better and more complete information with the potential to improve aviation safety. There...

Video: flying a Beech 18 on floats

The Beech 18 is an iconic airplane, with big radial engines and those long, beautiful wings. Put it on floats and you have a new new level of fun. In this video you'll ride along as AOPA's Richard McSpadden earns his multiengine seaplane rating in the big Beech, splashing around the scenic lakes of northern Minnesota.

Five overlooked features in Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is famous for its beautiful HD video and its large database of FAA test questions. While those two features are invaluable for passing your tests and becoming a safe pilot, there’s a lot more to this course than just videos and quizzes. Here’s a look at five overlooked features.

CFI Tips: ATC Communication

Many students, and even experienced pilots, experience some trepidation in interacting with ATC. After all, we want to get it right and sound like...
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Why student pilots should fly in marginal weather (with a flight instructor)

Venturing beyond the practice area is the most exciting part of flight training, but it requires new skills and a new approach to decision-making, especially when it comes to weather. When this is covered, it’s usually in the context of how to get a preflight weather briefing. That’s a good start, but safely navigating weather on a cross country requires a lot more than just knowing what to look at before takeoff.

UPDATED: FAA approves new COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson

UPDATED: February 28, 2021 Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, the...

Sporty’s Webinar: Flight Simulators – What Pilots Need to Know about MSFS 2020, Honeycomb,...

We all know that flight simulators are capable of being a valuable flight training tool, but it's important to understand how to use the...