Sporty's Pilot Training 4+

Video & FAA Test Prep

Sporty's Pilot Shop

    • 4.9 • 418 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


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

It’s free to get started - including interactive free FAA handbooks, free FAR/AIM, 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.


2024 Learn to Fly/Private Pilot Training Course
2024 Instrument Rating Course
2024 Commercial Pilot Test Prep Course
Aviation Weather
Multiengine Training Course
Tailwheel Checkout Course with Patty Wagstaff
Flying with ForeFlight
Flight Review
Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)
Takeoffs and Landings
VFR Communications
IFR Communications
Pilot's Guide to Airspace
Basic Aerobatics with Patty Wagstaff
Garmin G1000 Checkout Course
Garmin G5000 Training Course
Garmin GTN 650/750 Essentials
Garmin Aviation Weather Radar
Garmin TXi Essentials
Garmin GFC500 Autopilot Essentials
Flying the Aspen Evolution
So You Want to Fly Twins
So You Want to Fly Seaplanes
So You Want to Fly Gliders

What’s New

Version 8.3.4

Private Pilot Course Updates:
-New video training on METARs
-New video training on TAFs
-New test prep questions

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
418 Ratings

418 Ratings

AndrewJP80 ,

Amazing training! Do not buy from app store.

I bought this to supplement a cheaper PPL ground school that I went thru before I knew anything about aviation. I wish I would have started with Sporty’s. The training is so well done and easy to understand. However I would recommend going directly to their website to buy the courses instead of using the Apple in app purchase. I ran into an issue where progress would not sync to their server and ended up losing many hours of work because I didn’t have a sporty’s account logged in at the time of the in app purchase. It was frustrating and customer service had to help resolve. I don’t think it would have happened if I had just bought it directly from their web portal. They really need to fix their app to handle this situation its a big hole in the system and I’m sure I’m not the only one who fell in it.

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.

Shaun aka Smurph ha ,

Best you can get

By far the best study app you can use. I studied with it for two months straight and was able to pass my private pilot written exam with a 90%. Practice questions are in a similar layout with some questions very similar to the exam. If you pass the practice exam on here with over an 80% you’re guaranteed to pass the exam. The studying resources the app off is second to none. I will have to say…I do wish the app video segment would go in order instead of jumping around, circling back around in later segments. Example weather will be discussed in multiple chapters making it hard to take notes, that’s the only shortfall. Overall, this WILL make you pass your exam if you’re consistently getting over 80%.

App Privacy

The developer, Sporty's Pilot Shop, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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