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.

Quiz: ADS-B Rules and Regulations

Since the ADS-B mandate took full effect in 2020 there still some confusion looming about the limitations about this portion of the FAA's NextGen...

Video: pulling over 7 G’s in a turboprop trainer

Did you know that one of the most advanced military trainers today has a propeller out front? The Pilatus PC-21 can fly up to 320 knots at low altitude, and is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop engine. In this video, you'll ride along for a takeoff in the PC-21, complete with a 7.5-G pull-up into a vertical climb and a few rolls. Not your average single engine airplane.

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...

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...

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...

Soft Field Takeoff – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

The soft-field takeoff technique will be required when departing from runway surfaces made of grass or dirt and will allow you to keep as much weight off the nose wheel as possible during the takeoff roll.

Video: Bush Flying 101

You hear a lot about "bush flying," but what does it really mean? In this beautiful video, Trent Palmer shows that it's more about flying with a spirit of adventure than anything else. He lands his airplane at a variety of remote dirt strips and meets up with other bush pilots for a fun-filled day in the air.
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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,...