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.

The Pilot Training app allows you to access Sporty’s award-winning 2019 Learn to Fly/Private Pilot Training Course, Sporty’s 2019 Instrument Rating Course, Aviation Weather, Flying with ForeFlight, Flight Review, IPC, VFR Communications, IFR Communications, 2019 Garmin G1000 Checkout course and four aircraft transition courses covering Helicopters, Multiengine Airplanes, Seaplanes and Gliders.

It’s free to get started - including interactive 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.

From the basics of stability to pro tips on avoiding thunderstorms, this course is packed with information that will make your next flight safer and more comfortable.

This comprehensive ForeFlight training video is packed with jargon-free tips and real-world shortcuts. It’s ideal for prospective users, new ForeFlight pilots and experienced pros alike.

Covers everything you should know to impress your instructor and ace your next flight review. Includes ground training endorsement upon completion.

Based on Sporty’s award-winning Instrument Rating Course, IPC will get your current with over 165 minutes of engaging 3D animations and in-flight video.

SPORTY'S GARMIN G1000 CHECKOUT (All new for 2019)
Thoroughly prepare yourself for glass cockpit flying with this course.

Features over 60 minutes of engaging 3D animations, in-flight video and real-world communication scenarios.

This program gives today’s instrument pilot a real-world look at IFR operations through all phases of flight.

This comprehensive program includes preflight, basics of flight, hovering, taxiing, takeoffs and landings, maneuvers, weight and balance, autorotation, emergency procedures, systems and components, FARs and more.

Designed specifically for pilots adding a multiengine rating to their private or commercial certificate.

Climb into the back seat of a Piper J-3 Cub on floats for a pilot’s eye view of all the maneuvers required for the FAA checkride.

You’ll see all the maneuvers from inside and outside the aircraft, and you’ll ride along for a self-powered launch, an aero-tow and a winch launch.

What’s New

Version 3.0.1

Adds new FREE FAA Handbooks in the Learn to Fly and Instrument Rating Courses:
- Review the Airplane Flying Handbook, AIM, Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Instrument Procedures Handbook, Aviation Weather and much more in the new Pilot Training Library
All training guides and FAA handbooks in each course are now presented in a feature-rich document viewer:
- detailed outlines allow you to jump right to any chapter or section
- you can bookmark individual pages to quickly return to a specific topic at any time
- includes a powerful search feature to instantly locate keywords and subjects in a document
- complete customization of appearance and page transition/scrolling
- easily export or share a guide or handbook using the standard Apple sharing interface
- page memory takes you right back to where you left off when you return to a handbook

Instrument Proficiency Check Course
- includes new training segments on the Graphical Forecast for Aviation (GFA), Convective Forecasts and Flying with Datalink Weather (ADS-B and SiriusXM)

Fix for some test prep figures that were not downloading correctly.
Other minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

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.

The Angry Monkey ,

Excellent and they listen

First, if you’re training for your private pilot certificate, get this course! It’s VERY helpful.

I had this as a 4 star rating previously. I’ve moved it to a 5 star with the latest release. The prior version had terrible downloading capabilities if you wanted to download all the video for viewing while on the go. Several of us customers raised the issue and they resolved it. The app now properly queues multiple downloads so they don’t all start at the same time and for each chapter you can download all the videos in that chapter (tap of the three dots in the upper right hand corner). You can also set it to play continuously.

The app works great on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and the developers are responsive to feedback as to how to improve the app.

Also, I have exchanged emails a few times with their CFIs to get clarity on some issues I wanted a better understanding of. They were responsive and helpful.

Combine the great customer service with the great content and the great apps and throw in the guarantee that you pass or your money back and it really doesn’t make sense to me why you wouldn’t get this course if you’re serious about getting your pilot license. Do it. Do it noooow.


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
Garmin G1000 Checkout
Glass cockpit pilot training.
Instrument Proficiency Check
Be thoroughly prepared for your next IPC!
Flying With ForeFlight
Learn to fly with the popular tablet app
VFR Communications
Real-world pilot communication scenarios.


Sporty's Pilot Shop
161.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019, Sportsman's Market, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Sporty's Learn To Fly Course $199.99
  2. Flying With ForeFlight $29.99
  3. Instrument Rating Course $199.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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