Sporty’s innovative Pilot Training app brings a variety of aviation training courses to one location, allowing you to access all your aviation content from your iPad, iPhone or AppleTV.

It’s free to get started - including interactive free FAA practice tests and HD training videos.


For the cost of a single flight lesson, Sporty’s Learn to Fly course will save you time and money earning your pilot certificate. This is not a weekend “cram course” or a boring ground school lecture on video. It is a comprehensive flight-training companion designed to make your lessons more efficient, more complete and more fun. There is nothing extra to buy—just add flight instructor!

INCLUDES: 20 hours of HD video training with search, knowledge test prep, interactive flight maneuvers guide, video-referenced Airman Certification Standards (ACS), Flight Training Syllabus, Ask a CFI service.

After successful course completion, you’ll earn an FAA knowledge test endorsement and FAA WINGS credit.

With Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course, you’ll ace your FAA written test—we guarantee it! But this app is much more than just test prep. With incredible in-flight footage and 3D animations, we unlock the secrets of the IFR system so you can be a safe, smooth and proficient pilot. Detailed video segments cover both glass cockpits and analog gauges.

INCLUDES: 13 hours of video training, knowledge test prep, interactive instrument maneuvers guide, video-referenced Airman Certification Standards (ACS), Flight Training Syllabus, Ask a CFI service.

2020 Learn to Fly/Private Pilot Training Course
2020 Instrument Rating Course
Commercial Pilot Test Prep Course
Aviation Weather
Flying with ForeFlight
Flight Review
Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)
Takeoffs and Landings
VFR Communications
IFR Communications
Pilot's Guide to Airspace
Intro to Aerobatics with Patty Wagstaff
Garmin G1000 Checkout Course
Garmin G5000 Training Course
Garmin GTN 650/750/Xi Essentials
Garmin Aviation Weather Radar
Garmin TXi Essentials
Flying the Aspen Evolution
So You Want to Fly Twins
So You Want to Fly Helicopters
So You Want to Fly Seaplanes
So You Want to Fly Gliders

What’s New

Version 4.11.3

- ForeFlight Course updates to cover the latest ForeFlight v12.4 app release > Multitasking on iPad
- New Instrument Course segment > Ch. 6 Principles of Turbocharging
- Updated FAA test prep questions (Private and Instrument Courses)
- Updates to questions and answers for the knowledge test prep for the Private and Commercial Pilot courses.
- Bug fixes related to in-app purchases

- Custom Course Sorting – use the new Sorting option on the courses home screen to rearrange the course order to keep your favorite courses easily accessible at the top of the screen.
- Flight Review > adds new segments designed to help with flight proficiency topics, like slow flight, stalls, crosswind landings and landing recoveries. It also includes new segments on the Graphical Forecasts for Aviation and ADS-B Transponders.
- New Instrument Course segments: Ch. 4 > Checking Weather for IFR, Developing Your Self-Weather Briefing

- New Instrument Course segments: Ch. 4 > Building Margins, Closer Look - Designing Approaches
- ForeFlight Course updates to cover the latest ForeFlight v12.2 app release > Route Planning with Maps, Flying with Maps

- New Instrument Course segments: Ch. 4 > IFR Planning Tips, Approach Light Systems. Ch. 6 > Oxygen Use, Engine Instrumentation
- new Flying with ForeFlight Course segment: IFR Flight Scenario

Interested in learning to fly and what it takes to earn your Private Pilot Certificate? Check out the new FREE Getting Started Course in the app to learn about the process and how to get started.

Sporty’s Ultimate CFI Lesson Plan Guide for Private, Sport, Recreational Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Instrument Rating:
• Training Course Outlines (Syllabi)
• Ground Lesson Guide for Sporty’s Training Course Outlines (TCOs)
• Airman Certification Standards (ACS)
• Flight Maneuvers Guide for teaching all required maneuvers

Now you can study for and effortlessly pass the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test with our comprehensive Remote Pilot Test Prep tools.

Ace your Commercial Pilot written test and be prepared for the flight test with Sporty's Commercial Pilot Test Prep Course.

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly a loop or a roll? Maybe you’ve considered taking an upset recovery course to improve your stick and rudder skills? Check out the newest course in the Pilot Training app, Intro to Aerobatics with Patty Wagstaff, puts you in the cockpit with an airshow legend to experience flight beyond straight and level.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

phillipsbw ,

Incredible resource

Background: Retired military helicopter pilot with commercial helicopter instrument certification. Nine years later, I started private pilot training in airplanes. I am also a former public school teacher.

The instructional delivery and quality of the presentations found in this course are exceptional. This course allowed me to acquire the knowledge I needed and refresh that which had been forgotten in an incredibly efficient manner. I passed my checkride with the absolute minimum flight hours and did it within three weeks from starting the training.

I have already purchased the instrument course and will begin this add on rating immediately.

bdashnz ,

Video downloading is an exercise in frustration, hosed my iCloud backups

For whatever reason the developers of this app store any videos downloaded for offline use in the app’s “documents” directory, meaning that they’ll be automatically be backed up to iCloud as part of iOS’s iCloud backup feature. This is not only a waste of iCloud storage space (I can download the videos again via the app if necessary), but in my case it prevented iOS from backing up altogether as uploading 6GB of instrument training videos over my slow DSL connection would take an eternity. I’m very lucky that nothing happened to my iPad in the weeks between downloading the videos and iOS notifying me of the lack of completed backups, as it very likely would have resulted in losing important data.

Additionally, the offline download functionality is poorly implemented. Want to download all videos in a given section? The app will begin downloading all videos at once, leading to it taking an eternity for even a single video to complete. What’s more, if you switch away from the app for more than a moment or two, the video downloads are interrupted and you’ll need to manually start them again. And start again they will. Even if the video was 90% downloaded, an interrupted download will start over from scratch. This means that on all but the fastest connections you’re forced to sit and keep your device awake to let the download complete, lest you be forced to start the download over again.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your feedback. We have now changed the offline storage behavior so saved videos are no longer included with the iCloud backup. We also plan to implement a more robust download manager in a future release.

L Pogo ,

just okay- so far

I downloaded this about 2 weeks ago and have completed about 1/2 of the course. I was following everything fine until about the 25% way through the program, I am guessing because it was fairly simple stuff. When things get more complicated they really rush through the charts and explanations and might cover 5 topics in a 8-10 minute video. It is almost like they are assuming that you are already exposed to a decent amount of the IFR language, charts and acronyms. I constantly find myself going back on the video to try to figure out what he is talking about. Personally, I feel that a 17 minute video with many new introductions is completely overwhelming. I am taking this course because I am a novice and do not know IFR and the charts.
I also purchased the private pilot program 2 years ago and found it to be better and it didn't just whip through the explanations and terminology's.
I am not impressed for the price they charged. Wish I had tried one of the cheaper ones first.


Flight Review
One year access to the Flight Review course.

In-App Purchases

Sporty's Learn To Fly Course
Private, Sport, and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating Course
Unlock the secrets of the IFR system
Introduction to Aerobatics
Improve your stick and rudder skills.
Sporty's CFI Lesson Plan Guide
Three popular products in a single resource.
VFR Communications
Real-world pilot communication scenarios.
Garmin G1000 Checkout
Glass cockpit pilot training.


Sporty's Pilot Shop
119.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.



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In-App Purchases
  1. Flying With ForeFlight $29.99
  2. Instrument Rating Course $249.99
  3. Sporty's Learn To Fly Course $249.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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