Sporty’s webinar: How to pass your Instrument written exam

Tuesday, February 7 – 3pm

It’s something all pilots have to do during training for an instrument rating — pass the FAA Knowledge Test. While this test has gotten a bad rap over the years from some, the reality is it’s a non-event when you approach it with the proper mindset and use the right study tools. In this webinar, Sporty’s Senior Flight Instructor, Bret Koebbe, will show you how to use tried and true study methods using Sporty’s Instrument Rating Course to make the process an engaging and meaningful learning experience, and not just another exercise in rote memorization.

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Richard Collins writing prize announced for young pilots

Submit your most memorable flight story for a chance to win $5,000!

Submissions accepted through March 7, 2023

Aviation writer, Richard Collins

The Richard Collins family has once again partnered with Sporty’s to offer The Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots. To qualify, the writer must be a pilot (including student pilot) who is 24 years of age or younger. The article must be original, not previously published, and no longer than 1,500 words. The topic should be “my most memorable flight.”

In the fifth annual contest, both the first place and second place articles will be published in Air Facts. The first place article will receive $5,000 and $2,500 will be awarded for second place. The winners will be announced in April.

Articles may be submitted now through March 7, 2023, and sent  as a Word document to [email protected]. In addition, young pilots are required to submit a 100-word bio to accompany their articles.

Read the 2022 winning article here and the second place article here.

For the complete description, rules and tips for authors, please visit Sporty’s


Video Tip: Aerodynamics of a Wing Stall

During your flight training you will practice stalling the airplane to help learn the low-speed handling characteristics of the airplane, and how to recover if an unintentional stall occurs. In this video tip we’ll look at how the airflow changes over the wing as it nears the critical angle of attack and eventually stalls.

The video clip is from Sporty’s 2023 Learn to Fly Course

HD flight maneuver spotlight: steep turns

Steep Turns – Sporty’s HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Welcome to the latest edition of the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we’ll highlight the various maneuvers you’ll practice during your flight training and be expected to demonstrate during your private pilot checkride.

Each maneuver is part of Sporty’s 2023 Learn to Fly Course and includes a narrated video animation, along with step-by-step instructions that include performance standards and common errors. Study them while on the ground or print them for quick reference in the airplane.

These step-by-step instructions are from Sporty’s 2023 Learn to Fly Course, which includes over 15 hours of HD and 4K video that demonstrates how to fly each maneuver, along with complete FAA test prep features.

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Aircraft registrations now valid for 7 years

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Effective this Monday, January 23, aircraft registrations are now valid for 7 years thanks to an amendment to the FAA Authorization Act of 2018 championed by Congressional Representative, Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who also serves as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.

Prior to 2010, aircraft registrations were valid as long as the aircraft remained in service which resulted in many inaccuracies in the aircraft registry. A 3-year limit for registrations was then enacted which has since resulted in significant backlogs in processing and at a substantial cost to aircraft owners. The 2018 FAA reauthorization directed the FAA to extend the registration period.

All aircraft with a valid registration as of January 23 are extended to the new 7-year period (7 years from issuance). Expired registrations will need to be renewed.

How to use ForeFlight to plan a cross-country flight around airspace (video tip)

There are many considerations when planning a VFR cross-country flight and a direct course between two airports isn’t always an option. This week’s tip takes a look at how to use the 2D and 3D planning tools in ForeFlight to evaluate both controlled and special-use airspace that might get in the way and how to choose the optimum route and altitude based on these variables.

The video clip is from Sporty’s 2023 Learn to Fly Course