SPORTY’S RELEASES 2021 COURSES
New online platform, flight simulator syllabus and document upload tool among updates
The latest version of Sporty’s award winning Learn to Fly Course adds a host of features to help pilots save time and money during flight training. From passing the knowledge test to flying safely after the checkride, it’s a complete training companion.
The 2021 edition offers plenty of new video, including segments on how to use flight following with air traffic control, how to plan a cross-country flight with an iPad, and how to use ForeFlight’s Imagery tab. Plus, dozens of smaller updates include the latest technology and regulation changes, so pilots are always up-to-date. The course even includes the latest airman testing updates from the FAA.
New online features
Sporty’s online learning platform has been completely redesigned for 2021 to make it faster, easier to use, and completely mobile-friendly. Menus are easy to access on different screen sizes and video automatically streams at the highest quality possible, based on the internet connection.
Knowledge test prep tools have also been upgraded to be more versatile. Now pilots can build their own study sessions from any keyword. Just search for a topic and start studying relevant questions, pulled from Sporty’s exclusive database of over 1,000 test questions.
To extend flight training beyond the airplane, Sporty’s course now includes a detailed lesson guide for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Developed by the flight instructors at Sporty’s Academy, this document includes tips for getting started, plus 14 suggested simulator training flights, complete with objectives, scenarios, tasks to accomplish, and performance goals to further enhance simulator flying.
Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course includes dozens of helpful documents in the library section, from FAA textbooks to important Advisory Circulars. Now pilots can upload their own documents, whether it’s a scanned copy of an airplane’s manual or a flight school’s training documents. This is a simple and reliable way to keep all training materials in one place, and serves as a solid backup.
New app features
Highlight an important segment of the training syllabus, type notes in the Airplane Flying Handbook, or draw helpful diagrams on an Advisory circular—it’s all possible with the new annotation tools in Sporty’s Pilot Training app for iOS. Simply tap the pen icon at the top of the screen to display a full suite of options. These intuitive controls work with or without an internet connection, and are available for any document in the Pilot Training app.
Another convenient addition to the Pilot Training app is dark mode. This changes the app layout to show light text on a dark background, which can reduce eye strain and extend battery life on your device (it also looks pretty cool).
The latest version of Sporty’s Apple TV app also features an all-new design that’s easier to use, but stays in sync with the iOS, Android, and online apps.