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What’s new in Sporty’s 2024 Pilot Training Courses

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Sporty's 2024 PIlot Training courses

Sporty’s 2024 Pilot Training Courses work on all your devices, with automatic sync.

One of the best investments you can make as a student pilot (or a rusty pilot) is a good home study course. While your flight lessons will form the core of your training, there’s a lot of work to be done in between trips to the airport. Sure, you’ll need something to help you prepare for the FAA knowledge test, but the benefits of a course go far beyond that. It will also help you save a significant amount of time and money by preparing for each lesson at home. Most importantly, you’ll be a safer, more confident pilot after you earn your certificate.

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is used by tens of thousands of pilots every year and is a complete flight training companion. It includes over 15 hours of 4K video, comprehensive test prep tools, and a complete FAA document library. Sporty’s courses 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.

New video segments

The heart of Sporty’s course has always been the dynamic video segments. From your first flight all the way through checkride, you’ll see what to expect and you’ll learn how to master complicated maneuvers. The team at Sporty’s is continuously updating and expanding these videos to keep up with both changing technology and the latest training techniques. 

New for 2024 are major updates to segments on runway safety, wake turbulence, and using both digital and paper charts. Plus, we’ve completely reorganized the Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot courses to flow more logically and cover each topic in detail. As usual, our videos focus on real world flying and practical tips, not just memorization.

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Interactive exercises

Now you can go beyond videos with these interactive and engaging learning tools. Instrument simulators allow you to twist knobs and watch the needle swing on the panel, chart quizzes help you learn complicated symbols, and detailed systems diagrams simulate failure modes of the pitot tube or static port. These practical, hands-on scenarios put what you learn to work. (See a sample exercise here.)

Sporty's course interactive scenario

Smart notes

Sporty’s course is loaded with information, from video segments to FAA handbooks to test prep sessions. Now there’s a centralized tool to help you organize your key takeaways, easily accessible no matter where you are in the course. Simply click or tap the floating “New Note” button at the bottom right of the screen and the Smart Notes interface will appear. You can add as many notes as you’d like and keep them organized with a simple menu system. When adding a new note from any of the video lessons, the note will automatically insert the name of the lesson and generate a clickable link that you can use to jump back to that lesson when reviewing your notes later.

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FAR study guides

Sporty’s powerful FAR feature gives you instant access to the complete Federal Aviation Regulations, packed with essential information for any pilot. It’s fast and searchable to streamline your studying, and it’s always up to date. For 2024 we’ve added time-saving tools that highlight which sections are applicable to each certificate level, so you can skip the unnecessary parts and focus on what matters. A new bookmark tool also makes it easy to review important sections.

FAR study guide

Windows tablet app

Train anywhere, anytime—that’s always been Sporty’s promise. A single purchase includes lifetime access to the Learn to Fly Course on a huge variety of platforms, including web browser, iOS devices, Android devices, and smart TVs like Roku. Progress is automatically synced between devices, so it’s easy to switch back and forth as your study sessions move. The latest addition means you can now use Sporty’s Pilot Training app for Android on your Windows device—perfect for studying on a Surface tablet.

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In-course notifications

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course includes lifetime access and lifetime updates, meaning you’ll always have access to the latest video training, test prep questions and FAA resources. To help you keep up with these updates, you’ll find a new Inbox located at the top right of your course. Check back here often to learn about new training content and updates added to your course, as well as the latest flight training news and tips from the team of flight instructors at Sporty’s.


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All of these upgrades join an already impressive list of features, including powerful FAA knowledge test prep tools. Sporty’s course includes a proprietary database of over 1,000 FAA test questions, customizable study modes, and unlimited practice tests. You can even earn an automatic flight instructor endorsement to take the test when you’re done.

Best of all, you never have to worry about out-of-date materials or missing features with Sporty’s free lifetime updates. Simply buy the course once and you own it forever—no subscriptions and no upgrade fees required. Every time you log in to the online training portal or open up the Pilot Training app on your mobile device, you’ll have access to the latest video segments, test question updates, and training features. It’s an incredible value: for the price of one flight lesson, you’ll save thousands of dollars over your flying career.

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John Zimmerman