Sporty’s Study Buddy apps updated with improved learning features

During your flight training, it’s important for you to develop an organized study plan while preparing for the FAA knowledge test. While some of the questions will test you on real-world topics like sectional chart symbology or airplane performance planning, the reality is that a lot of the test requires repetitive study and rote learning to achieve a successful outcome.

Fortunately Sporty’s offers a collection of training apps to help you study and prepare for the Private Pilot, Sport Pilot, Instrument Pilot and Remote Pilot (Drone) Knowledge tests.

While these apps are not designed to provide a comprehensive ground and flight training solution like Sporty’s Learn to Fly or Instrument Rating Course, they are perfect for studying question explanations and taking practice tests when on the go on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

The most recent updates allow you to take your studying one step further during your study sessions. In addition to reviewing the detailed explanations for each answer selection to learn why it is right or wrong, each answer selection now includes an interactive link to the FAA resource from which the question is based. This is perfect for those times when you want to dive deeper into the subject matter to fully understand the topic.

In addition to the new interactive answer references, the updated apps include hundreds of new questions, answers, and explanations written by the CFIs at Sporty’s Academy, ensuring you’re prepared for the questions you’ll see on the real test.

Both the Android and iOS apps incorporate 3 separate training modes:

Learning Mode allows you to create custom review sessions by selecting exactly which categories you want to review. Each session randomly generates the question order and provides instant feedback based on your answer selection. Each question also provides a detailed description as to why each answer is right and a direct link to the FAA handbook or resource to learn more about the subject. The explanations and references were developed by Sporty’s team of pilots and instructors, based on their decades of experience.

Flashcard Mode tests your knowledge by allowing you to only see the question without the answer choices. After answering the question mentally, you can then tap a button to show the correct answer, and self-grade your progress along the way.

Test Mode randomly generates a 60-question session (40 for Sport) from the entire database of test questions, simulating the real test. After answering all the questions, you’ll be given instant results, and have the option to review either all the questions or just missed questions. Included in the review session are the same detailed explanations for why each answer is correct.

There’s also a progress report section that makes it easy to track previous test results and resume incomplete study sessions. This is a good way to focus on areas which require more study.

Sporty’s Study Buddy apps are available starting at $14.99 and include free updates.

 

Sporty’s Private Pilot Study Buddy download for iPhone and iPad / download for Android

Sporty’s Sport Pilot Study Buddy – download for iPhone and iPad / download for Android

Sporty’s Instrument Pilot Study Buddy – download for iPhone and iPad / download for Android

Sporty’s Remote Pilot Study Buddy – download for iPhone and iPad / download for Android

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All the gestures iPad pilots need to know – using an iPad Pro without a home button

You can do almost everything on your iPad without touching a button – in fact, the new iPhone and iPad Pro models don’t even have a home button. Whether it’s closing an app, switching apps, opening the control center, or searching for something, iOS has multiple gestures that can save time or unlock additional features. Once you get proficient with them, they can really save time in the cockpit.

If you’ve been flying with an older iPad (like an iPad Air or Pro 9.7″), the new iPad Pro models may be confusing at first. They do require some new gestures, but once you get used to them, it’s quite intuitive. Let’s review all the options. 

Swipe up (a little) for the app tray – From any app, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen about an inch to display the tray of favorite apps. The ones on the left are set by you; the ones on the right are auto-filled by the iPad based on popular or recently used apps. This is a fast way to change apps, and it’s also how you set up a split screen (see below). 

Swipe up (a lot) to close the current app – This is the home button replacement. Swipe up to about the middle of the screen and you’ll close the current app and display the home screen. If you’re on one of the secondary home screens, doing this will return you to the first page of apps.

Swipe down from the top right corner for Control Center – The Control Center provides quick access to some of the most commonly used settings, including Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth and screen brightness. It’s also where you turn on the flashlight feature, so this is a frequently-used menu. Make sure you’re swiping down from the top right corner.

Swipe down from the top for notifications – Did you get an alert and want to review it? Swipe down from the top of the screen to see a list of all your notifications, whether it’s a new email or an expected route from ForeFlight.

Swipe from left to right on the home screen for search and widgets – Most people learn this one by accident, but it can be useful if your iPad has a lot of apps. Swipe from left to right on the home screen and you’ll see app widgets with a search box at the top. You can use this to find an app that’s hidden in another folder, a contact, or even search the internet. Swipe back to the left to return to your home screen.

Drag an app from the tray to get split screen – While an app is open, swipe from the bottom of the screen to display the tray with favorite and recent apps. Then, tap and drag an app icon to overlay it on the app that’s already open. This is a great way to use a checklist app or an E6B app without closing your favorite EFB app. Some apps go a step further and allow a full split-screen view, with two apps side by side. To view this, first drag an app icon out of the tray to display a second app, then swipe down from the top of that slide-over window. You should see your original app resize and both apps will be active at the same time. You can even go from an 80/20 split to a 50/50 split by then dragging the new window from the left edge.

Besides these shortcuts, there are a number of gestures that require four or five fingers – Apple calls them Multitasking Gestures. To activate this functionality, go to Settings -> General -> Multitasking & Dock. The first setting will enable the multiple app options mentioned above. The third one (Gestures) enables the following shortcuts:

Pinch to the home screen – Use this instead of pressing the home button to access the home screen from within any app. Place four or five fingers spread out on the screen, and pinch together.

 

Swipe up to see recent apps – Use this instead of pressing the home button twice (or the single finger swipe from the bottom) to access the multitasking and control center view. Place four or five fingers spread out on the screen, and move your hand upward.

 

Swipe up from the app switcher to close multiple apps – Once you’ve opened the App Switcher (what Apple calls this screen you get after doing the above gesture), you can close apps that are running in the background by swiping up. This doesn’t delete the app, it simply closes it down completely. However, you can close multiple apps at the same time by swiping up with multiple fingers. This is handy if you want to close a lot of open apps, which is useful if you’re trying to troubleshoot. 

Swipe left or right between apps – This allows quick movement between applications that are currently running. With an app running, place four or five fingers spread out on the screen. Now, move your hand to the left to switch to the last opened app. With the same motion, move your hand back to the right to switch back to the previous app.

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