Sporty's hits it out of the park again

New videos, tools for 2022 will help both students and CFIs

"We all want to see videos of airplanes flying," said Eric Radtke, president of Sporty's Academy, announcing the launch of Sporty's 2022 Pilot Training platform, an online library of more than 20 aviation courses for smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

Always at the heart of their courses, Sporty’s video segments have been updated and expanded for 2022. New videos cover the latest changes to airspace, tips for flight planning with Garmin avionics, new ForeFlight weather tools, commercial pilot maneuvers, and more.

The Pilot Training app is available on five smart TV platforms: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast. This represents more than 95 percent of smart TVs in the United States, making it easy to watch in-flight videos at home. Progress syncs between all devices, so pilots can watch a video on their TV and switch to their smartphone without losing progress. You can listen to the audio for each segment on your morning walk or in the car, and the intuitive app layout makes it easy to switch between video and audio.

Other new features for 2022 include new audio training segments, an interactive flight instructor portal, and integration with AOPA Flight Training Advantage (AFTA). Lifetime updates are still included at no additional cost.

“As pilot hiring takes off after a brief pandemic pause, a good home study course is critical for efficient flight training,” said Radtke. “Sporty’s Pilot Training apps make it easier for pilots to achieve their aviation goals, with powerful training tools that can be used across all their devices.”

Knowledge test prep tools also got an upgrade: Sporty’s Power-Study tools are available across all devices. This includes advanced study modes that tailor the session to each student’s learning progress, complete study history that highlights a student's weak areas, and the ability to create custom quizzes based on past sessions.

Sporty’s flight instructors provide the required endorsement to take the FAA test when complete. The newly designed flight instructor portal makes it easy for students to include their CFI in their home study by sharing course progress and practice test results. Flight instructors can track performance for multiple students and view course content so lessons stay on track.

The integration with AOPA’s Flight Training Advantage, a web portal- and iPad-based training application for organizing flight training, allows users to connect their course progress to AFTA, creating a seamless experience in and out of the airplane.

“We know from our experience running a busy flight school here at Sporty’s that student-instructor coordination is essential for flight training success,” said Radtke. “These new tools make it easy for CFIs to stay in the loop and deliver more meaningful lessons.”

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course, Instrument Rating Course, and Commercial Pilot Course may be purchased for $279 at or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS. Existing users have access to all new features and content automatically.

Julie Walker

Julie Summers Walker

AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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