EAA Chapter 180 of Manasota

Serving Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida

Free Pilot Course

Coupled with a free aircraft flight through the EAA Young Eagles program is a free online course that will prepare Young Eagles to learn how to fly. As an EAA Student Member, you’ll receive free access to Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course ($249.00 value). Sporty's is the premier provider of aviation training materials and equipment.

Over 20,000 Young Eagles have now enrolled in the online Sporty's Learn to Fly Course.  Sporty's and EAA Young Eagles have reached a new milestone in their joint efforts to advance aviation.   This course is a key component of the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan for youth who are ages 8-17 to further engage in aviation and progress along the path to flight.   

For those not enrolled in the EAA Young Eagles Program, this online course costs $249.00.

EAA will also reimburse Young Eagles for the cost of taking the FAA written exam when they pass.

Plus, when the Young Eagle completes the first three volumes of the Sporty's Online course, she/he will receive a voucher for a free flight lesson at a local flight school.

Here is more information about the Sporty's Online Learn to Fly Course:

Five formats for one price

We know you’re busy, so our course is available almost anywhere. Use our online learning platform for complete access to videos and quizzes anywhere you have an internet connection. There’s no software to install – just log in and start learning. Or use our dedicated mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Apple TV, and Roku, which allow you to download videos for offline viewing. Progress automatically syncs between all formats so you can start a study session on your phone and finish on your laptop without missing a beat.

Get your written test endorsement

When you complete the course, we’ll give you the flight instructor endorsement to take the written test—instantly! You can take this endorsement to the FAA testing center and log it in your ForeFlight logbook. It's complete preparation for the FAA Knowledge Test.

Pass all your tests—guaranteed!

Our course is so complete we guarantee you’ll pass all three tests: the written, oral and flight. Our video segments make complicated subjects like aerodynamics and weather easy to understand, so you’ll impress the examiner. Plus, our Airman Certification Standards Study Guide cross-references every required task to the videos, making it easy to review for the check ride.

Dynamic in-flight video

Sporty’s courses are famous for their HD video and 3D animations. Not a boring ground school, we put you in the cockpit for a real world look at what flying is all about. You’ll see the flight maneuvers from the left seat, and you’ll hear actual communications with air traffic control. Plus, each video segment includes helpful review notes for efficient studying, and many also have review quizzes to reinforce key concepts. 

32 fully-narrated HD maneuvers

In addition to the comprehensive video segments, Sporty’s Learn to Fly course also includes a detailed maneuvers guide. All 32 maneuvers you might be tested on are included, with a 3D animation of the maneuver, narrated procedures, common errors, and completion standards. It’s a great way to review for the check ride.

Powerful test prep tools

You’ll ace the written test with our interactive tools. Create customized study sessions from our proprietary database of over 1,000 FAA test questions and see the right and wrong answers, plus plain English explanations written by our team of CFIs. Detailed analytics show you which areas need the most help, and allow you to study only the questions you’ve missed. Then, take a practice test that simulates the real knowledge exam you'll have to pass. 

Flight instructor tracking

We make it easy for your instructor to follow your progress through the course, so you always stay in sync with your in-person lessons. Invite a CFI to see your practice test scores and review your video progress.

Ask a CFI

If you're stumped by a difficult subject, talk to the experienced flight instructors at Sporty's. We have a team of over 25 CFIs on staff at our flight school, training students every day just like you, so they can offer quick, helpful answers. Just click the Ask a CFI button to send a message.

Complete training syllabus and ACS

Research shows that pilots learn better when they use a high-quality syllabus. We include a complete Training Course Outline as part of our course – the same one we use in our flight school. It includes detailed outlines for both ground and flight lessons. Think of it as a bridge between your at-home study and flight training. Our course also includes the full text of the FAA’s Airman Certification Standards (ACS) - your guide to the check ride - and cross-references each task to the video segments.

Free Lifetime Updates

When you buy a Sporty's course, you're gaining access to a training platform that's always up to date and always improving. We are continually adding new video segments to reflect new regulations and technology. We also refresh our FAA test question database regularly, so you don't study outdated topics. There's no additional fee or subscription to receive these updates - just log in and learn!

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