What’s new in Sporty’s 2023 Pilot Training Courses

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is used by tens of thousands of pilots every year and are famous for a relentless pace of innovation; every year, we add new content, new training tools, and new platforms. This year is no exception, with a number of significant upgrades that make training more engaging and more efficient. Here’s a look at some highlights.

FAASafety launches course for IFR self-briefings

FAASafety.gov recently launched a new online course Conducting Preflight Self-Briefings for IFR Pilots to provide important guidance to instrument pilots on how to conduct a safe and thorough preflight self-briefing.

Webinar video: iPad Proficiency Check

This presentation from Sporty’s and iPad Pilot News covers a wide range of practical topics on flying with the iPad and the ForeFlight Mobile app.

What pilots should know about oxygen

The regulations require that pilots use supplemental oxygen if…

Video tip: inadvertent flight into instrument conditions (and how to get out)

Taking the time to thoroughly brief the weather before every flight will significantly decrease the odds that you'll inadvertently fly into instrument conditions as a VFR pilot. This week's tip takes a look at the actions to take though if you do stumble into the clouds or an area of reduced visibility, to help you safely return to VFR conditions.

Quiz: Understanding Aircraft Performance

Airplane performance can be defined as the capability of an airplane to operate effectively while serving a specific purpose.  Among the elements of performance are takeoff and landing distances, rate of climb, ceiling, speed, payload, and fuel economy.  Answer these questions and see if you can correctly determine all the factors required for adequate aircraft performance.

VFR Flight Following – a pilot’s guide

VFR Flight Following is a service provided by ATC to participating aircraft and provides numerous benefits to both pilots and controllers. Here we will dispel some myths related to Flight Following and review how to make the request with your local approach or center controller.

From the Flight Deck Video Series: Complex Airfield Geometry

The FAA identified 7 airfield geometry configurations that most…