AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 39

PILOT PRODUCTS

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Study your way
Sporty's upgrades
online courses
B Y D AV E H I R S C H M A N
SP ORT Y'S RECENTLY COMPLETED a
major upgrade of its online pilot training
courses that allows students to study however, wherever, and whenever they want.
Whether they study on a mobile phone,
tablet, portable or desktop computer, or
Web-linked TV, the new Sporty's app
allows students to pick up where they left
off, regardless of the devices they use.
" All the platforms talk to each other, "
said Eric Radtke, president of Sporty's
Academy. " Whether a student uses
Android, an iOS device, Apple TV, Roku, or
Chromecast, our app tracks their progress. "
Sporty's online training courses for
private pilot certificates and instrument
ratings contain about 15 hours of video
content and 20 hours of test prep. Students
get lifetime access to Sporty's courses, so
they can review the material even after
they pass their checkrides. Course content
is periodically refreshed so that test questions and other material remains current.
Each course contains an online ground
school and test prep, and students can obtain
completion certificates that allow them to
take FAA knowledge tests at the conclusion of the online material. If students

INDUSTRY NEWS

have questions along the way, they can ask
Sporty's flight instructors by phone or email.
" Everyone studies differently, " said
Bret Koebbe, Sporty's vice president for
video. " Now, students can pick their platform and decide for themselves how they
want to use it. " Koebbe said Sporty's has
been working on the upgrade for one year,
and the Ohio-based company made large
back-end technology investments to provide a better customer experience.
Sporty's has operated its own flight
school for many years, and the school serves
as an on-site laboratory for online content.
Sporty's students typically take the online
ground school and pass FAA knowledge
tests before they start flight training.
Tens of thousands of student pilots
have used the Sporty's online training content in the past decade, company officials
said. Each course gives students real-time
reports on how they're doing in a variety of

subject areas. It also provides online flash
cards that enable them to focus intensively
on certain topics.
Sporty's online courses provide links
to ForeFlight and Cloud Ahoy digital logbooks for automatic record keeping.
Sporty's has a large and expanding
video library, and students who sign up for
online flight training often revisit the material throughout their flying careers. At first,
their focus is passing a test or a checkride.
Later, it shifts to advanced ratings and aircraft, or remaining current on regulations
and technology.
" People come back to us again and
again, " Koebbe said. " Our courses often
serve as reference material for pilots that
they search at their convenience. "
PRICE: $249 per course
CONTACT: sportys.com
EMAIL dave.hirchman@aopa.org

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ICON GOES WITH GARMIN G3X TOUCH
ICON AIRCRAFT is offering the Garmin G3X Touch and autopilot as
options on its A5 amphibious light sport aircraft. The 7-inch G3X is
a $15,500 option, and the addition of a Garmin GMC 507 autopilot
raises the total price of the upgrade to $25,000. The two-seat, folding-wing Icon A5's base price is $360,000.
" The Garmin G3X Touch takes our commitment to product
improvement to the next level, greatly enhancing the adventure

flying experience while seamlessly fitting into our intuitively
designed cockpit, " said Jason Huang, Icon president. The A5 typically uses a portable Garmin aera 796 for navigation.
Icon has long advocated that pilots use an angle of attack indicator as a primary flight instrument, and the company's in-house
AOA indicator is still front and center in the A5 panel.	

-Dave Hirschman
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