Biweekly Bulletin – November 2, 2020


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.



Accident rates continue to decline


AOPA recently released its latest Joseph T. Nall Report – an in-depth analysis of general aviation accidents in the US. The 29th and 30th editions report data for the years 2017 and 2018 as final accident reports can take up to two years to be reported by the NTSB.

2017 saw a slight decrease in total accidents from the previous year while the overall total and fatal accident rates for 2017 continued its downward trend finishing with a rate of 4.81 accidents per 100,000 hours.

2018 saw a slight uptick in total accidents (nearly matching 2016), but on a positive note, accident rates continued the decline. 2018 finished with a total accident rate of 4.56 per 100,000 hours – down nearly 5% from the previous year and down more than 8% from 2016.

Pilot-related accident rates also experienced a significant decline from 2016 – 2018 of more than 13%. For pilot-related accidents, the landing phase of flight continues to be the most common followed by takeoffs; however, the fatal accident rate was dramatically higher for accidents occurring takeoff in 2018.


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Explore the beautiful Midwest fall foliage before its gone

Fall in the Midwest provides an explosion of color and spectacular views from the air. With a wide variety of trees, the canopy is already turning magnificent shades of red, gold and orange. It’s a perfect time to visit a park, preserve or take in the scenery by airplane.

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to take a family member or friend flying, enjoy the crisp autumn flying weather and book your rental flight now with Sporty’s. Sunday rentals are always 10% off and Sporty’s has even created a “fun flying” destination page dedicated to providing inspiration for your next flight.

See a destination that’s missing? Discover something new? Please let us know – [email protected].

View Latest Ohio Fall Color Report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


From Sporty’s Student Pilot News

by Doug Ranly


I remember planning my first cross country flight. There were sectional charts thrown across the floor, highlighters in the dog’s mouth, crumpled flight plan forms in the corner, my aluminum E6B lodged into the drywall from where I chucked it in frustration…those were the days. Much like how we graduated from outhouses to indoor plumbing, we no longer have to rely on the ancient tools to successfully complete a cross country flight.  Here’s my list of five gadgets that you should consider for those flights beyond the local area.

iPad with a Navigational App

This one almost goes without saying. In aviation, charts are required. While learning on a paper chart might still be practiced and preached in many flight schools, using paper charts for cross country flying is like driving a manual transmission in a city full of hills. Embrace technology on this one. ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, FlyQ, Stratus Insight… pick one of the many options available to be your “go-to” for cross county planning and flying. Choosing the app first will help you with gadget #2.

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Scheduling now for winter 2020

FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. John Held, offers aviation medical exams and basic med evaluations at Sporty’s Clermont County Airport on select Saturdays. The cost of the exam is $120. An EKG (if required) is subject to an additional $35 fee.



Saturday, November 14

9am – 1pm

Saturday, December 5

9am – 1pm

To schedule, please call Sporty’s at 513.735.9100 ext. 0. 

For pilots pursuing Basic Med, the required online training is available through two approved sources – AOPA and Mayo Clinic.


Collision avoidance skills are emphasized early on in the flight training process, and it’s important that you make an effort to keep your eyes out the window as much as possible when practicing maneuvers. This week’s video takes a look a few tips you can incorporate on your next flight to help spot nearby traffic, along with some new technology that allows you to display nearby traffic right on your favorite aviation iPad app.



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