Even with the enhancements, the prices for both courses remain the same, Sporty’s officials noted, adding pilots who have purchased previous years’ courses automatically gain access to the 2019 edition free of charge.
“Three years ago we set out to take our courses to the next level, and with this edition we believe we have the world standard in pilot training courses,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “Pilots can now train anywhere, from laptop to smartphone, in a modern style with HD video segments and powerful test prep features.”
The updated courses include enhanced test prep tools, according to company officials. Detailed analytics show pilots which topics need the most work, and smart study sessions automatically tailor questions to each pilot’s specific needs.
Quiz questions offer detailed explanations, complete with interactive reference links for further study.
A video search tool makes it easy to review specific topics, Sporty’s officials said.
CFIs are able to view a complete listing of all videos in the course and which have been completed. CFIs can, in turn, assign segments to review and stay apprised of completed material. CFIs also can see completed practice tests with the ability to access that session and see how the student is performing.
“Of course there’s a lot more than just technical improvements,” says Radtke. “We’ve added many hours of new HD video content, covering important topics like ADS-B technology, Air Traffic Control procedures, weather flying, communications tips, and much more.”
CloudAhoy is now integrated into the courses. Users can connect their CloudAhoy account to their Sporty’s course so any flights logged with CloudAhoy will sync, including a listing of each flight maneuver from the lesson.
Additionally, every maneuver shown in the CloudAhoy flight log will be connected to the corresponding maneuver guide in Sporty’s courses for quick review.
Sporty’s officials note that the 2018 courses integrated with ForeFlight and Redbird, and further integrations are already in the works.
Introducing Sporty’s Pilot Training App for Android
The 2019 course editions can now can be accessed through an app for Android phones, tablets and Chromebooks.
The Pilot Training app allows pilots to stream video segments or download them for offline viewing, and also offers customized study sessions.
With the addition of this app, pilots can learn wherever it’s convenient — via Windows or Mac with the online training portal, on iPads and iPhones with the dedicated iOS app, on a big screen with the Apple TV app, and on Android devices, company officials said.
Sporty’s Private Pilot Learn to Fly course is available for $199.99 and Sporty’s Instrument Rating Course is available for $199.99. Both include full access to all formats: Online, iOS app, Android app, and Apple TV app.