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What’s new in Sporty’s flight training apps

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Flight training apps are natural fit on the iPad and iPhone.

Flight training apps are a natural fit on the iPad and iPhone.

Most of the focus on the iPad today is centered on its ability to serve as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit. But if you look back to 2010 when the original iPad debuted, you’ll see it was primarily designed as a media consumption device, providing a new way to read books, watch movies and listen to music while on the go. This set the device up as an excellent platform for delivering aviation training courses that incorporated study guides, video and interactive features.

Sporty’s Pilot Shop was the first to release a full training course for iPhone and iPad with the launch its Private Pilot Learn to Fly course. The course was a natural fit on the iPad, providing pilots with a more convenient way to watch the video and use the new touchscreen technology to study FAA test questions and take practice tests.

Sporty’s followed up the Private Pilot Learn to Fly Course with the complete Instrument Rating Course for iPhone and iPad, along with a collection of 10 topic-specific apps to help pilots stay current, add a new rating and learn how to use the latest avionics.

Like the EFB apps from ForeFlight and Garmin, Sporty’s flight training apps are continuously updated with new content and features to take advantage of the latest iOS capabilities and devices. Let’s take a look at what’s new here.

What’s new in the Learn to Fly Course

The core component of the Learn to Fly Course is 15 hours of video training, broken up into bite-sized segments. The majority of this content was recently updated to 1080p HD video, taking advantage of the iPad and iPhone’s high resolution displays. All of the flight training segments are shot right from the airplane, so the high level of detail in the new HD video provides gives a much better training experience (check out an example of one of the new HD segments here).

The app was also updated to take advantage of the new iOS 9 picture-in-picture video playback feature. When viewing a video segment on a compatible device, you can now scale the video playback window from full screen down to a small inset, allowing you to study other parts of the app while continuing to watch the video. You can even exit out of the app altogether and launch a second app, while the video continues to play in the lower corner of the screen.

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After watching all the video content and earning a minimum score of 80% on 2 practice tests, you will be eligible to receive your endorsement to take the written test at an approved testing center. This feature is integrated right into the app, so you’ll receive the endorsement via email immediately after meeting these requirements.

The Learn to Fly Course app includes tracks for Private, Sport and Recreational pilot training. It is available as a free trial in the App Store, and costs $199.99 to purchase the full course. For more information, see sportys.com/courses.

Sporty’s also offers a complete Instrument Rating Course, which shares the same video format and app layout as the Learn to Fly Course. It was also recently updated with the new picture-in-picture video playback feature, and provides the endorsement to take the Instrument Rating knowledge test after successful completion. For more information see sportys.com/instrument.

Pilot currency apps

FlightReview_MainIn addition to full pilot training courses, Sporty’s also offers individual training apps to help pilots both maintain and restore aviation knowledge and procedural currency. There are 6 apps available here covering the following topics: Flight Review, Instrument Proficiency Check, Takeoffs and Landings, Airspace Review, VFR Communications and IFR Communications.

Each app includes a collection of bite-sized video segments, concluding with a review quiz at the end. Each question links back to the appropriate video segment, allowing you to quickly review additional information on particular topics. These apps were also recently update to include the picture-in-picture video playback, which is very useful when you want to study the quiz questions while simultaneously viewing the corresponding video segment.

Add a New Aircraft Rating

Sportys_Heli_AppMainWhen it comes time to add a new rating or learn to fly a new type of aircraft, advanced preparation is key. Sporty’s series of Add a Rating apps are designed just for this purpose, with a combination of video segments and illustrated handbooks to help you thoroughly prepare for the new experience. There are 5 apps available here covering the following aircraft and avionics systems: Garmin G1000 Checkout, Multiengine Airplanes, Helicopters, Seaplanes and Gliders.

In addition to the new picture-in-picture video playback feature, these apps also feature a new streaming video option, eliminating the need to download all the videos before watching. This provides the option to then download individual segments to watch later on when an internet connection may not be available.

For more information and to see all Sporty’s Flight Training apps, check out the Sporty’s App Store.

Source: Ipad appsWhat’s new in Sporty’s flight training apps

Video: Charlotte leads in NextGen air traffic improvements

Charlotte NextGen

FAA officials note that North Carolina is leading the way to the next generation of air traffic control.

NextGen procedures are helping flights operate more efficiently at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), as well as surrounding airports in North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia.

The Charlotte Metroplex project includes procedural changes at altitudes between 3,000 and 14,000 feet, FAA officials note.

Metroplex initiatives such as this are a key element of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic control modernization, which is replacing decades-old ground-based navigation with more precise procedures based on satellite navigation. Similar projects are in place or underway in 12 major metropolitan areas nationwide, FAA officials note.

Based on July 2015 data, the FAA estimates the changes in Charlotte will result in 28,000 fewer metric tons of carbon in the air each year, which is equivalent to removing more than 5,000 cars from the road. Airlines will consume 3.3 million fewer gallons of aircraft fuel, valued at about $9.4 million.

Charlotte Douglas presents unique challenges, with limited space for aircraft to maneuver after they push back from the gate. Taxiways also are congested as aircraft move to and from the runways.

The FAA, in collaboration with air carriers and the airport, is working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop the nation’s most sophisticated system for managing arrivals and departures. When completed, the airport will be among the most efficient in the country, reducing the amount of time that airplanes spend on taxiways generating noise and emissions.

Charlotte is among the first airports to use Data Communications, which operates much like text-messaging between air traffic controllers and flight crews for routine communications such as clearances, instructions, advisories, and flight crew requests. Data Comm enhances safety by enabling controllers to give more timely and effective clearances. Better communication improves controller and pilot productivity, which enhances airspace capacity and reduces flight delays. Air traffic controllers currently use radio voice communications to give clearances and other flight information to pilots.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comVideo: Charlotte leads in NextGen air traffic improvements

Pictures of the day: Training the next generation


Richard Rain sent in this photo of Adrian Petasis, who is 13 years old and dreams of flying for the Navy.

Richard, who has been mentoring Adrian for the past six months, says the teen tries to fly with him as much as possible.


“He has over 1,000 hours on a flight simulator,” says Richard, who notes, “Adrian was flying us to Sky Bryce Resort in Boyce, Virginia.”



Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPictures of the day: Training the next generation

First woman to cross the continent by air

In October, 1922, Lillian Gatlin of San Francisco became the first woman to fly across the United States.
She travelled in Post Office air mail planes following their regular trans-continental route.

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“Girl to Fly Across Nation” was how the Oakland Tribune reported the plan of Lillian Gatlin of San Francisco to make an aerial trip from coast-to-coast via air mail. It was her idea to do this in honor of mothers whose sons were aviators and killed during the First World War.

Gatlin was consigned by air mail in San Francisco with her destination New York. She made the mail flight as a “special delivery package” with a parcel-post tag pinned to her flight outfit.

In October, 1922, Lillian Gatlin of San Francisco became the first woman to fly across the United States. She travelled in Post Office air mail planes following their regular trans-continental route. Source: Dennis Parks

In October, 1922, Lillian Gatlin of San Francisco became the first woman to fly across the United States. She travelled in Post Office air mail planes following their regular trans-continental route. (Photo courtesy Dennis Parks)

She departed the West Coast Oct. 5, 1922, in one of the Air Mail Services de Havilland mail planes equipped with a 400-hp Liberty motor. By the time of her arrival in New York Oct. 8, millions of Americans had their attention focused on the wonderful work being performed by the Mail Service and on her plan to honor fallen airmen.

Because of her flight, Gatlin received the distinction of being the first woman to cross the United States by air.

At the time of Gatlin’s flight in 1922, women in aviation were such a novelty that even when a woman boarded an airplane it made news.

In fact, aviation itself  was a novelty. By 1922 there were only about 120 airfields in the United States and about 130 commercial aviation businesses, of which only 17 had been in business for three years or more.

Aviation was a very new enterprise and women were not a part of it. However women found that they could attract attention to personal causes through air travel. Hollywood ingénues could get publicity by taking an airplane flight or even getting their picture taken with a flying machine.

Gatlin, president of the National Association of Gold Star Mothers, hoped that by flying across the United States she would create interest in having a memorial day set aside for dead fliers. At the time the only aerial passenger service was local, but the Post Office was providing coast-to-coast mail service.

Under the sponsorship of Paul Henderson, Assistant Postmaster General, she was able to make the transcontinental flight as a special delivery package.


The flight was made in 11 stages and followed the route of the regular Air Mail Service across the nation. When the mail plane departed the Pacific Coast Oct. 5, Gatlin was escorted from the San Francisco flying field by five army planes and five civilian planes.

During the trip she made stops at Reno, Salt Lake City, Rock Springs, Wyo., Cheyenne, North Platte, Omaha, Iowa City, Chicago, and Cleveland. At each stop Gatlin made speeches on her memorial project and was received by mayors and other officials who pledged support for her plan.

Gatlin arrived at the Air Mail Service Station at Curtiss Field, Mineola, Long Island at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 8. The fight from San Francisco was completed in the flying time of 27 hours and 11 minutes. It was estimated that Gatlin had flown 2,680 miles on her trip.

The last leg of the adventure began in Cleveland with pilot Elmer Leonhardt at the controls. They ran into rainstorms and fog before arriving at Mineola. The pilot lowered his flight path to go low over the Hudson River and then to New York Harbor, where he circled the Statue of Liberty.

When asked by reporters at Curtiss Field to comment on her feelings about the trip, she replied, “It was a good deal of rest. Flying is the ideal method of traveling, no invitations to buy products advertised on sign boards extending from coast to coast, nothing to disturb the easy sailing through the atmosphere.”


In keeping with her promotion of a memorial day for fallen aviators, Gatlin carried with her items from several dead fliers. These included baby shoes given to her by one mother, Lincoln Beachey’s cuff buttons, and Harold Coffey’s goggles, which she wore in flight.

At each of the stops she told the crowds that she was not superstitious, but that she wished to “preserve the memory of these men and many like them who died as martyrs to aviation whether in civil pursuits or in the cause of their country.”

During December 1922, Gatlin stood before a flier’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery and laid a wreath. Behind her were 24 Army and Navy officers. In the background were about 500 onlookers. Overhead came a flight of five Army planes in formation led by World War One fighter ace, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker.

Gatlin had just asked President Warren Harding to designate the second Sunday in September as a national aerial day, when tribute would be paid to the Gold Star Mothers of aviation and their sons. Her plan had the approval of Major General Patrick, Chief of the Army Air Service and Rear Admiral Moffett, Chief of the Naval Air Service

Even though she was able to get this tribute to fallen fliers organized at Arlington, she was unable to get a national day of recognition approved. However, in 1926, Nov. 11 became Armistice Day, a national holiday to remember all who were lost in the First World War.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comFirst woman to cross the continent by air

RAF director dies in crash

Reade Genzlinger

The Recreational Aviation Foundation reports that RAF director Reade Genzlinger was killed in an aircraft accident near the Alpine, Wyoming, airport Jan. 4.

His passenger, 17-year-old Mackenzie Ruston, was also killed on the crash. Mackenzie Ruston’s father, Mark, is also an RAF supporter.

Reade Genzlinger

Reade Genzlinger

Genzlinger joined the RAF board in July 2012 and served as the secretary/treasurer for the foundation.

He had long been associated with aviation and philanthropic work, primarily in the Philadelphia area. He brought financial management expertise to the RAF along with his deep love of aviation, according to RAF officials.

He leaves behind his wife Lynn, five children, and their families. Services are planned for Sunday, Jan. 10 at Bryn Athyn Cathedral, in Genzlinger’s home state of Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, Lynn and the family suggest memorials to the RAF honoring Genzlinger’s passion for its mission, and “his gratitude for the wonderful friends he’d made through his work there,” she added.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comRAF director dies in crash

No Drone Zone

No Drone Zone

A new sign from Sporty’s alerts drone pilots of restricted areas.

Areas in and around airports may not be safe for manned and unmanned aircraft operating together. Until regulations are more definitive, Sporty’s No Drone Zone sign alerts drone pilots that the area is off limits to their drones.

No Drone Zone“Love them or hate them, drones are here,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “We have a great time flying ours, but as with most things in life, there is a time and a place to fly them.”

Sporty’s No Drone Zone sign is made of highway-grade aluminum with engineer-grade prismatic reflective coating. The sign measures 12 inches x 18 inches. Price: $39.95.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNo Drone Zone

New documents added to ASA reader app

New additions to the ASA Reader App include the recent Federal Register release of Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft, and several Guides to Initial Pilot Checkout from the American Bonanza Society’s Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program.

ASA reader appThe new 14 CFR Part 48, Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft, which became effective Dec. 21, 2015, provides a web-based process for the registration of small unmanned aircraft, including those operated as model aircraft.

Anyone operating an unmanned aircraft for recreational purposes should read this document to ensure compliance and avoid potential penalties.

The American Bonanza Society has created a series of training outlines for pilots and their instructors to address the most vital topics and operations during the critical initial checkout for a variety of models. These Guides to Initial Pilot Checkout outline and highlight the manuals for pilots and instructors, to help them identify the basics until the pilot can complete type-specific training with a Beech-knowledgeable flight instructor.

The following guides are now available in the ASA Reader App:

  • E Series Bonanzas: Bonanzas originally equipped with the Continental Motors E-185 and E-225 Engine. Models 35, 35R, A35, B35, C35, D35, E35, F35 and G35
  • O-470/IO-470: Bonanzas and Debonairs originally equipped with the Continental Motors O-470 and IO-470 Engine. Models H35, J35, K35, M35, N35, P35, 35-33, A33, B33, C33, E33, F33, G33
  • IO-520/550: Bonanzas and Debonairs originally equipped with the Continental Motors IO-520/IO-550 Engine. Models S35, V35, V35A, V35B, C33A, E33A, E33C, F33A, F33C, 36, A36, G36
  • Turbo Bonanza: Bonanzas equipped with the optional Continental Motors TSIO-520D Engine Models V35TC, V35A-TC, and V35B-TC
  • A36TC/B36TC Turbocharged Bonanza: Models A36TC and B36TC
  • Normally Aspirated Barons: Models 95-55, A55, B55, C55, D55, E55, 58, G58.
  • Pressurized and Turbocharged Barons:Models 58P and 58TC.

Other free resources are also available in the ASA Reader App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

In addition to free publications, the free ASA Reader provides the flexibility to store and carry your aviation library with you.

The app will accommodate ePub and PDF documents as well as Adobe Content Server-protected eBooks.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNew documents added to ASA reader app

Applications now being accepted for two GAMA scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is now accepting applications for two aviation scholarships.

The Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence Award” is given annually to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted to an aviation degree core program at his or her chosen university or college. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and is named after Stimpson, a founder of GAMA and its president from 1970 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1996. Students are judged on the basis of academic skills, extracurricular activities, and an essay on what aviation means to the student and how he or she plans to pursue a career in aviation.

The Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence is awarded annually to a college student who is a flight team member at a National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) member school. Named after Wood, founder and past Executive Director of NIFA, the award comes with a $2,000 prize and an engraved propeller trophy. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic skills, aviation-related and non-aviation-related extracurricular activities, and an essay on their plans to pursue aviation in the future.

Both applications are due April 15, 2016.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comApplications now being accepted for two GAMA scholarships

Complete iPad Videos and Webinars List

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Sometimes there’s no substitute for watching a demonstration – that’s why we’re proud to present this series of webinars and videos. From basic tips to power user tricks and product demos, it’s all here. Simply tap on a video to watch.


iPad 101 Webinar

Advanced iPad Webinar

10 Things Every iPad Pilot Should Know

ADS-B and the iPad Webinar

Weather Flying and the iPad

Flying with ForeFlight Webinar

Flight Training with the iPad Webinar

Video Demos

Stratus 1S and 2S–The Next Generation of Stratus

Flying with ForeFlight Training Video


How to Videos

Updating Stratus firmware

Checking Status on Stratus

Stratus Mounting Options

Stratus ADS-B Traffic

Stratus Synthetic Vision and Attitude Display


Interview with ForeFlight Founder Tyson Weihs

Interview with ForeFlight Weather Scientist Scott Dennstaedt

Flying with the iPad and ADS-B Weather in Corporate Aviation

Source: Ipad appsComplete iPad Videos and Webinars List